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  Florida Sweetheart
From: DBurch2345 at aol.com on 2000.07.13 at 20:04:15(5102)
Julius -
Florida Sweetheart is one of the several great varieties that have come
out of the breeding program at the University of Florida-IFAS Bradenton
station breeding program. Gary Wilfret could probably give you the parentage,
and is also well informed on the the tissue culture possibilities from work
which they have done. The clean up does give remarkable results.

Derek Burch

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From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2000.07.14 at 15:50:36(5108)
Dear Derek,

Thanks so much for the information---I keep planning to visit Bradenton, but
never find the time. Would love to discuss the parentages and other
'issues' of Caladium breeding, like where the 'influence' of C. picturatum
as a parent 'went', as this distinctive species is mentioned as a 'breeder'
in early literature, but I see NO sign of it`s influence in leaf shape or
anything else in the 'modern' U.S.-produced Caladiums.

The tissue culture does seem to do wonders by eliminating the virus, and
stops my 'fear' based on the 'story' that tissue-cultured Caladiums can not
produce big/good tubers, the ones I bought of 'Florida Sweetheart' cound NOT
have been bigger or better!

Thanks again,

Julius Boos

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