|Streptocarpus 'Myfanwy' by Dibley's Greenhouse, U. K.|
Story # 15, Part I
I consider myself to be an amateur plant hybridizer. Amateur----- because no one ever paid me to do it. I am self-taught. I have friends who are university trained and work as professional plant breeders. They work on whatever plant category the company requires. None in the U.S. are working on Streptocarpus that I know of. The last paid plant breeder was at Oglevee/Ecke Greenhouses but they dropped production, apparently because the numbers were too low.
I came from the other direction. I learned about Gesneriads first and the fun of hybridizing second.
The leading Streptocarpus hybridizing specialist is at Dibley’s in the U. K. They are a wholesale and retail mail-order greenhouse serving Europe. Creating new varieties can be fed into their own production to help subsidize the cost of the research & development (2 – 5 years to evaluate a new variety)