Lilies forum: A Failed Venture. Anaconda and Moonlight (clones)

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Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Roosterlorn
Dec 15, 2015 7:55 AM CST
In the Spring of 2013, I purchased six each because I hadn't seen them in a while and thought it would be a good idea to have some to preserve an old cultivar name. They were advertised as clones but I understood they couldn't be true clones, because these cultivars were originally introduced as strains. Nonetheless, I figured that whoever had done the cloning must have done so based on an accurate and representative selection of each or they wouldn't have gone through all the trouble of making them available again. I was enthusiastic! Upon receipt, I took some scales and made over 140 clones for myself and to pass out locally in hopes of re-establishing these old varieties in the area. In the Fall of 2013, I did an experiment with full scale recovery rates. Two bulbs each were dug and scaled. These scales were sent to other NALS members because they, too, had not seen Anaconda or Moonlight in quite a while.
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By the summer of 2015, these Anaconda and Moonlight so called clones began to show their true plant and flower habit. They are nothing more than NOID JUNK.

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I don't have to tell you what happened next---you all know me.



Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Dec 15, 2015 1:29 PM CST

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Oh brother! I moved my "Anaconda" clones from the shade this fall so I could get a better idea of their form this coming year. They will get full sun now and I will then decide if their next move will be to the curb. Something tells me it will be bye-bye for them Angry .
Name: della
hobart, tasmania
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dellac
Dec 16, 2015 7:38 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing

What a shame the purple lily bulbs taste bad!
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Dec 16, 2015 8:59 PM CST
dellac said: What a shame the purple lily bulbs taste bad!


Which "purple ones" have you tried, Della? Can you expound on the taste: bitter, earthy, sour, "off", etc.? I am thinking that the color is just an easy association with bad taste, and that the real association should be with the oriental and trumpet groups of lilies because they are the common lilies that happen to be darker colored. I don't have enough orientals to eat, and I can't explain why I have tried any trumpets, but I haven't. (Maybe they just didn't look very tasty as I dug them.) Shrug!
Name: della
hobart, tasmania
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dellac
Dec 16, 2015 10:40 PM CST
I admit I was perpetuating hearsay! *Blush* But I have tried a fresh oriental scale (yellow) and it was decidedly more bitter than asiatics. Not different bitter, just less sweet and more bitter. I don't think trumpet bulbs look tasty... maybe those dark colours are a warning!
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages The WITWIT Badge Garden Photography Region: Minnesota Plant Identifier
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Leftwood
Dec 17, 2015 12:19 AM CST
Big Grin

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