Daylily Hybridizing Tips: Great Article, Leslie

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Daylily Hybridizing Tips

By Lalambchop1
July 29, 2015

I've been hybridizing for a few years and have been helped along by some of the giants in the industry. Here are some things I've learned...

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Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
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rocklady
Jul 28, 2015 7:04 PM CST
Although I'm too old to start hybridizing, this article has a wealth of information for anyone who wants to start.
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Name: Leslie
Chapin, SC (Zone 7b)
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Lalambchop1
Jul 28, 2015 7:36 PM CST
Thank you, Dear, but I have to disagree about your being too old!
Leslie

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
Name: Carl Boro
Milpitas, CA (Zone 10b)
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coboro
Jul 28, 2015 11:02 PM CST
I have to agree that this is a really great article. It has a ton of information and it is all clearly presented. A lot of this would be appropriate to use when hybridizing flowers other than daylilies (I'm thinking iris or epiphyllums). Organization is key to any hybridizing program.
I thought the information on the stomatic fluid sealing off the pistil was very interesting. I wonder what other flowers do that?
Carl
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Jul 29, 2015 5:09 AM CST
Wow! This was chock full of great info. Well done, Leslie!
Vickie
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Jul 29, 2015 6:00 AM CST
Leslie - I REALLY enjoyed your wonderful article!!!! Thank you for sharing all the neat ideas you've learned from other well-known hybridizers! I don't live near any hybridizers ... actually where I live there isn't even a daylily club anywhere within even 50 miles. Nor do any of my local plant nurseries sell daylilies. So in reading your article, I felt like I had just listened to numerous hybridizers! So much excellent information that would take me years to learn by trial and error. Thank you for encouraging the potential hybridizer in all of us!

Jean - YOU are NOT too old to try your hand at hybridizing! Just dab a little pollen around (pick one plant you love for the pollen), watch to see which daylilies set pods from that pollen. Harvest seeds. Mark their parents on envelop or baggie. Chill. Start growing those seeds over the Fall/Winter months. Grow seedlings until Spring or early Summer. Plant them out in the garden. Wait about 1 year (maybe 2 here in FL) to see your first bloom! I get blooms on all of my seedlings in 2 years! Many bloom the first year. You should try it!

Leslie - I want to mention to others reading your article .... To have successful fertilization of blooms, make sure that you are crossing tets with another tet and dips with another dip. I have a number of unknown seedlings, so had to try process of elimination to determine if the pod parents were a tet or a dip.
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Name: Leslie
Chapin, SC (Zone 7b)
"As for me and my house, we will se
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Keeps Sheep Daylilies Irises Hostas Hybridizer
Cat Lover Hummingbirder Birds Region: South Carolina Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Level 2
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Lalambchop1
Jul 29, 2015 8:11 AM CST
Becky, very good point about keeping the ploidy consistent. It would be heartbreaking to do a lot of crosses and then find you'd mixed dips with tets.
Leslie

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
Region: Florida Daylilies Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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rocklady
Jul 29, 2015 9:43 AM CST
@beckygardner DH suggested this to me, however, besides age holding me back we are never in FL, (where the daylilies are) long enough for some to set seeds and with my other hobbies and interests, my life is crammed full. I would have to do a lot of educating myself to make sure that my efforts weren't in vain. If I were 20 years younger, I would really go for it.
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
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beckygardener
Jul 29, 2015 9:49 AM CST
Jean - Got it! I didn't know you were not year round residents. That does make a difference! Smiling
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
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