Growing Daylilies from Seed: Very Useful Information!

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Growing Daylilies from Seed

By beckygardener
July 23, 2015

Growing hybrids from seeds is fun and an easy way to add more daylilies to your garden!

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Name: Tina
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chalyse
Apr 6, 2014 7:32 PM CST
I learned a lot, especially about using peroxide in new ways that will help my garden stay healthy, thanks! Thumbs up Group hug
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Daylilies that thrive? click here! Thumbs up
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flaflwrgrl
Apr 6, 2014 7:41 PM CST
Me too! Thumbs up Thank You!
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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Apr 6, 2014 8:26 PM CST
Tina and Ann - H2O2 works well for plants in many different ways! But hydrogen peroxide definitely helps prevent seed and seedling rot when sowing and growing plants from seeds! I always make sure that I have a bottle or two around my home .... since I use it all the time! Glad the article was helpful to you both! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Apr 6, 2014 10:51 PM CST
Good article Becky. Thumbs up
Name: Betty
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Betja
Apr 6, 2014 11:42 PM CST
This is an excellent article, really well illustrated with great pictures. And is that one of your seedlings? It's beautiful! Great job, Becky! Hurray!

Betty
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Apr 7, 2014 7:00 PM CST
Thank you Margaret! Glad that you enjoyed it!

Betty - Thank you so much! And yes the first photo with daylily blooms (with the little frog hidden inside the one bloom) was grown from a seed shared with me by Sandy (Seedsower) many years ago. I think the pod parent was Roses in Snow or Cherry Pie. Sandy is one of two gardeners who kindly shared/traded some of her seeds and got me hooked on Daylilies.

Now I have Daylilies everywhere! I have between 300 - 400 daylily plants growing around my yard. Every single one was grown from seeds. LOL! So I am not kidding when I suggest that gardeners can REALLY add lots of daylilies around their yard by growing hybrids from seeds. I like to cross-pollinate my daylily blooms to see what cool new hybrid I can create, too! Can you tell I have a thing for hybrids and growing plants from seeds?!!! Whistling Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! It's so easy!!!! Big Grin

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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Apr 7, 2014 7:02 PM CST
Thanks to all the gardeners here on ATP who enjoyed my article and gave me a thumbs up! And a BIG thank you to those who also gave me acorns! Wow! I was so surprised! THANK YOU!!! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
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mistyfog
Apr 7, 2014 10:02 PM CST
Excellent article. Very informative details. Very well written in the step-by-step process.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 22, 2015 7:37 PM CST
Becky, this is a great repeat article and I enjoyed reading it again! Thumbs up
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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Jul 22, 2015 8:08 PM CST
Thanks, Lin!

I had no idea it was going to be repeated again. Hilarious! Hilarious!

Perhaps others who didn't see it before, have the opportunity to read it now. I am getting ready to sow some of this year's collected seeds and will be using this same method. I haven't changed the method at all except for the markers I am using. I've had such good success with germinating seeds this way!

There are many ways to germinate and grow seeds ... my way is just one way of many!!!
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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Jul 22, 2015 8:45 PM CST
Well I'm one of those that didn't see it the first time and I'm very glad it ran again. I am into wildflowers and native plants so I rarely pay much attention articles and weeks dedicated to cultivated plants. But this article and Daylily week has sparked my interest in growing Daylilies. I had a few no names that I got from my mom years ago, but now I think I will start growing them again and playing around with hybridizing.
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Jul 22, 2015 8:55 PM CST
Jay - I love hybridizing daylilies. When bloom season arrives, I want to call in sick from work every day! Whistling Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!

It is really easy to grow daylilies from seeds and if you go check out some of the threads on the Daylily Forum, please check out the monthly seedling threads especially:
The thread "July, 2015 seedlings" in Daylilies forum
The thread "June 2015 Seedling Blooms" in Daylilies forum
The thread "May Seedling Blooms" in Daylilies forum

There is a reason that the Daylily Forum is one of the busiest forums here on ATP. What's not to love about daylilies? They are wonderful ornamental plants with amazing blooms!

But ....

I will warn you now .... it can become an obsession!!! Sticking tongue out Rolling my eyes. Thumbs up Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
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Name: Gigi
Florida (Zone 9a)
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GigiPlumeria
Jul 22, 2015 9:26 PM CST
Becky are you going post a follow up article on how to hybridize? Or maybe I missed it.
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Jul 22, 2015 9:50 PM CST
Gigi - I have not written any articles on hybridizing daylilies. But some other ATP members have. You might want to read their articles:

http://garden.org/ideas/view/mistyfog/1027/Hybridizing-Dayli...

http://garden.org/ideas/view/LarryR/1772/Larrys-Obsession/

And there are many more articles here on ATP. Just click on "article" and then type in "daylilies" in the search bar. You'll get a great list of previously published articles.

AHS article:
http://www.daylilies.org/Whatley/WhatleyTheArtOfHybridizing....

I hope these articles are helpful.

And if you are looking for info on how to actually cross a daylily with another, this article might help:
http://www.pollinator.com/hand_pollination.htm
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Name: Joy Wooldridge
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Joy
Jul 23, 2015 1:40 AM CST
Very, Very Good article!

I didn't think of using H2O2 in that way.

Your way of starting seeds sounds so much easier than the way I've done it. I can skip many unnecessary steps now.
Thank you for writing this Becky. Smiling
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Jul 23, 2015 9:15 AM CST
Joy - Thank you for posting! I've had very good success with this method of growing seeds for several years. I hope that it works for others trying it! And if it eliminates some steps that you had been doing .... all the better! Thumbs up

There are numerous ways to germinate seeds, mine is just one way.
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Name: Gigi
Florida (Zone 9a)
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GigiPlumeria
Jul 23, 2015 12:20 PM CST
Thank you so much Becky!
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