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Talking about Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Thorhalla') on May 22, DogsNDaylilies wrote:

Thorhalla *seems* to be taking pollen from tetraploid parents. I will try to confirm this as time goes on, but I spent the beginning of last season thinking Thorhalla was tet and pollinated with tet pollen, only to realize my mistake, but still end up with seeds. (So far, I got seeds from Thorhalla that had pollen parents Duck's Dark Side and from Aerial Applique.) I'll only know for sure if/when the seedlings grow out and I can see if the seedlings resemble their supposed pollen parents.

If anyone else has Thorhalla and wants to run some tet crossing experiments, please let me know how it turns out for you!
Talking about Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Margo Reed Indeed') on May 21, DogsNDaylilies wrote:

Margo Reed Indeed is a lovely plant, and she seemed to be all the rage several years ago, but I find that her scapes can be flimsy and her blooms can have a yellow-green tint to them, so she isn't my favorite daylily. I do like her well enough, though, and consider her a keeper.

I've hybridized with MRI a bit just to see what I get out of her, but can't comment on the offspring yet since I don't think I've planted any of the seeds yet. Appears to be average to better than average pod fertility and average to better than average pollen fertility.
Talking about Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Webster's Pink Wonder') on May 20, DogsNDaylilies wrote:

I LOVE how huge the blooms are on this flower. I'm not a huge fan of pink daylilies, but I imagine I will always have this one in my garden. There is something about having those giant blooms come up and meet you at your level and being able to just hold them in your hands.

Another member (FrillyLilly) commented on something that I've also noticed: The blooms are so big that they are fragile. It's a shame, but when it gets moderately (or more) windy, the petals rip right off the plant, leaving it looking really silly at times. It's a trade-off, I suppose, to having such a big, beautiful bloom.
Talking about Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Early and Often') on May 19, DogsNDaylilies wrote:

An early season bloomer every year. It reblooms for me here, but I can't say that I get particularly excited about this plant. I'm not a big fan of pastels, but I do use it for hybridizing because I like its reblooming characteristic, and it is very hardy and multiplies decently well. It sets pods readily, but I don't use its pollen often, so I can't comment much on its pollen fertility. A keeper in my garden, but it isn't one of my favorites.
Talking about Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Dominic') on May 19, DogsNDaylilies wrote:

This daylily has such a great deep, dark red color that is absolutely gorgeous, and the velvety look/texture is wonderful, too. It makes a really pretty plant. The foliage looks really attractive when it multiplies into a clump. On the less than positive side, it does seem to be highly susceptible to aphids. I had them crawling all over it one year, but it hasn't affected the plant's performance in the least.
Talking about Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Decatur Treasure Chest') on May 19, DogsNDaylilies wrote:

This bloom doesn't have the greatest color, in my opinion, but it has a nice-sized bloom and it multiplies well in my garden. It doesn't produce a lot of blooms, though, nor does it seem to have great branching, so I feel like its hybridizing potential is limited. If I ever had to get rid of some of my daylilies, this would probably be among the first several I would let go. Maybe I will think better of it this year after putting it in a different place in my garden.
Talking about Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Creature of the Night') on May 19, DogsNDaylilies wrote:

The first year I had this, it didn't bloom much, but I don't blame the plant too much, being that it was new. I had heard that this plant has weak scapes and, sadly, that is very true. The scapes on COTN are lousy, and may need supporting. For daylilies (or any plant, really), I consider this a huge fault.
Talking about Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Crazy Miss Daisy') on May 19, DogsNDaylilies wrote:

Although this is an evergreen, it is pretty hardy up north and mine has survived a great deal. After the first year, I was really worried I had lost it. The crown seemed squishy and it looked pretty bad, but it bounced back readily and it's doing great now, even after a move and after spending a long, harsh winter in pots.

For hybridizing, it will set pods, but hasn't been crazy about doing so. I imagine it might have something to do with its ploidy. It's listed as a triploid and I wonder if that makes it more finicky. I found that it set a pod every time I pollinated it with Absolute Ripper, but didn't like anything else that first year. Its pollen is good, but can be finicky as well.
Talking about Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Olallie Keith') on May 18, DogsNDaylilies wrote:

Beautiful daylily! One of the most fragrant in my yard, it has a lot of things going for it, in my opinion. I've had it for several years and this past winter it had to overwinter above ground in a pot and it is currently suffering from spring sickness, so I don't know if that's related to genetics or just a poor luck of the draw. Regardless, I highly recommend this daylily, it has nice, strong scapes, beautiful fragrance, a beautiful bloom, and it adds a beautiful color late in the daylily season.

Talking about Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Tuscawilla Tigress') on May 18, DogsNDaylilies wrote:

Tusc. Tigress was a powerhouse in my garden last year. It put out bright orange bloom after bright orange bloom for a really long time. It multiplies well, hybridizes well (both as pod and pollen parent), and it blooms well, meaning that the blooms nearly always open fully to the triangular bloom shape that it has without hangup. It has very strong scapes, too.
Talking about Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Cinderella Blue') on May 18, DogsNDaylilies wrote:

This plant is a really pretty plant and has a very blue coloring. The picture is true to color, not photo-shopped to enhance the blue tones like some photos are. I received this plant last year as a very generous bonus plant in the spring and it has been through a lot. It was put in a pot, never planted in the ground, and multiplied nicely last year during the season. I seem to recall it even rebloomed, but given the unusual circumstances and that it came from a slightly warmer climate, I cannot say with certainty that it is a northern rebloomer.

The blooms all seemed to be perfect, too, no hanging up, canoeing, or other less-desireable blooming characteristics, even though it was a first-year plant that was supposed to still be 'settling in'. I hybridized with it last year and it was an average (maybe a little better than average) pollen parent for me. I look forward to seeing how it does as a pod parent once I get it in the ground.

I can say that it overwintered very nicely our snowy, very cold (zone 5b/6a) winter in a pot and is none the worse for wear this spring, having multiplied well. The leaves look very healthy and the plant has filled out very nicely for starting as just a couple of fans last year. So far, I can definitely recommend this plant.
Talking about Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Coastal Grand') on May 4, shive1 wrote:

Coastal Grand had lots of blooms and buds (23-26) in my TN garden in 2017. Flowers have trouble opening when nights are cooler though. Excellent multiplier with great foliage!
Talking about Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Sharon's Delight') on April 30, mystlw wrote:

This daylily is absolutely beautiful! Very hardy here in Ohio, it doesn't struggle to come back in Spring, like so many others. The colors are deep and rich, though mine seems to be larger than the given specs, with a scape height of about 4 feet. This is the sort of daylily that you want in more than one place in your garden.
Talking about Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Child of Bethlehem') on April 20, EdBurton wrote:

Anyone ever get good pollen from this one? I've had it 2 years and the pollen was always greasy or grainy.
I have been able to set pods.
Talking about Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Glittering Gown') on April 20, bxncbx wrote:

If you want a daylily that does well in a pot, Glittering Gown is for you. You will need a fairly large pot, though (12"), as the fans are on the larger size. I feel guilty that I haven't found a spot in the garden for it even though I've had it for years, but it blooms beautifully in the pot and has been steadily increasing each year. The flowers are definitely cream in my garden and not yellow. This is definitely a daylily that can take a lot of stress and neglect.
Talking about Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Francis of Assisi') on April 20, bxncbx wrote:

I've had Francis of Assisi for years now. I love it and wanted to use it in crosses. Checking the database I saw that it was both pod and pollen fertile, so I was very disappointed that for years I was unable to either set a pod on it or any other plant using its pollen. But after years of trying I am finally able to do both. I'm not sure what has changed, but last year I had two pods and the year before I got my first pod. So far the pods have had very low numbers of seeds (1-5), but I'm happy to get any! The plant itself is healthy, blooms well, and is increasing. I haven't changed anything, so I'm not sure why it decided to finally start reproducing. So, if anyone else has issues with using FOA in their breeding program, just keep trying!
Talking about Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Forsyth High Tech') on April 20, bxncbx wrote:

I've had Forsyth High Tech since 2015. It has bloomed for me each year, but I do not think it is particularly happy in my garden. It hasn't really increased in that time. I wish it would, because I love the flowers and it is both pod and pollen fertile for me. It is planted in a raised bed, but it gets way more sun than most daylilies in my garden (trying to recreate the North Carolina sunshine it came from). I'm hoping it is just taking its time settling in and that soon I'll start seeing some good growth.
Talking about Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Fairy Tale Pink') on April 19, bxncbx wrote:

Fairy Tale Pink is a very reliable bloomer. It even performs well in a small container. I had it in a narrow windowbox for years and that never stopped it from blooming. I moved it out of the windowbox a couple of years ago and it hasn't made the transition well. It still blooms but has lost fans and hasn't seemed as vigorous. I'm hoping that it does much better this year now that it has had a chance to settle in.
Talking about Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Envy Me') on April 19, bxncbx wrote:

Envy Me is a reliable bloomer in my garden. However, the scapes are nowhere near the height that they are registered. While it doesn't bloom down in the foliage the scapes are not very tall. It has also been a poor increaser in my garden. I have to admit though that it is planted on a hill in very rocky soil so that may have something to do with it. I've done many crosses with it and find it to be a very difficult pod parent. In my garden it is a much better pollen parent. I have several seedlings from it using the pollen so I know it is definitely pollen fertile.
Talking about Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Embers of Vesuvius') on April 19, bxncbx wrote:

Embers of Vesuvius is one of my favorite daylilies! It is a very bright orange that is very visible from a distance. But what I love most about it are the various spots of red that are on the petals. I checked and last year pretty much every single bloom had them. That makes it a very unique flower in my garden.

It does have some negative traits. It takes forever for the flowers to open. As a hybridizer, if I want to use pollen from EOV I have to be very patient. The slow opening is not related to the weather or temperature. It is also not a vigorous increaser for me. It adds about a fan a year. But those are the only two flaws I can think of. Overall, this plant is well worth growing for its gorgeous bloom and reliable flowering.

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