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Name: Brittany
New Orleans, LA (Zone 9a)
May 2, 2016 10:56 AM CST

I used to collect Daylily seeds with my dad at our house in Wisconsin (zone 5). My dad has since passed away and I now live in Louisiana (zone 9). Most of the seedlings I have planted down here (in pots) have died, but I do have one which is finally flowering this year. I have pollinated the flowers via self pollination and using pollen from a nearby daylily (although I'm not sure its the same ploidy, etc). Flowers that I am unable to pollinate will form no pod, but those I do pollinate grown a normal healthy-looking pod. However, after 4-6 weeks, the pods shrink, turn brown and fall off. When I cut them open, there are no seeds inside.

This plant has a lot of sentimental value to me, so It's very important that I get seeds from it. What is going wrong? Bad pollination? Too wet? Too dry? The plant itself is growing very well and has produced 10 flowers in 2 months, with 4 more buds developing.


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The first flower; March 16 2016
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Resultant seed pods
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Seed pods after about 6 weeks
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How it it looks today; May 2 2016

Thank you!
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
May 2, 2016 2:14 PM CST
Welcome! to NGA!

I suspect you have one diploid and one tetraploid. Try self pollinating. Even if you are successful, the seedlings will not look exactly like the parent. It might be better to concentrate on making this one plant survive and thrive.

Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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May 2, 2016 2:21 PM CST
Daisy, Brittany said above that self-pollination didn't work. Daylilies can be self-incompatible. I also thought of ploidy but apparently if that was the case the pods should have aborted before 4-6 weeks. See the other version of this thread on the Daylily Forum:

The thread "Pods with no seeds?" in Daylilies forum
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
May 2, 2016 2:52 PM CST
Hmmm... You are right, Brittany did say that. My bad!

Just read the other version of this thread....

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