Sellers – 1994 – (Tetra Big Apple cross) – Tet – 26” – 5” – Mid – Dorm – Re – Red with slightly darker red eyezone above green throat
A beautiful red self that descends out of tetra Big Apple, and shows the exquisite red coloring of Big Apple, but on a more vigorous plant. Bill Fall is a strong grower, is very pollen fertile and moderately pod fertile. The plant shows moderately fast increase, but doesn’t tend to have the most beautiful foliage I have ever seen. It shows some susceptibility to late spring freezes, and this can make the foliage look ragged. The flower though is one of the best red tetraploids I know of and it can breed much better foliage than it shows with a pairing to a partner with beautiful foliage. The foliage is senescent (‘dormant’) and goes down to a tiny resting bud here in the winter.
The most important aspect of Bill Fall though is that it is highly rust resistant and has high breeding value for rust resistance. This has been reported to me by many people and I have observed it repeatedly in my own screening as well. I have used Bill Fall a great deal in my own breeding work and continue to use it. It is a fine breeding plant and a beautiful flower for the garden as well.