Seedfork said:How many branches would be necessary to display all the buds on a plant and not have them so bunched together that they crowd each other and don't allow enough room for all the blooms to fully open? Well, of course that depends on the number of buds, and the size of the blooms, etc.
What is the purpose of having a huge number of buds and branches? Is it to have a long season of bloom from that one plant? Is that the only way to accomplish that goal? How about a plant that sends up a series of rebloom scapes, maybe three or four times a season? Now imagine combining all those traits?
Not picking on 'Threshold of a Dream ', it is a beautiful plant and might make a great choice for increasing buds and branches, but I see it has no child plants listed in the database, so we don't know how well it would pass those desired traits down. So I tried a way to bring up the number of child plants in a search, no luck so far. Anyone able to search just by the number of child plants registered ? I like to look at the child plants and see how the branching numbers compare with the parent plants. The same for bloom size, etc. My mind gets tired there is so much to consider.
Seedfork said:This thread reminded me of a series of articles taken from the Daylily Journal, written by Oscie B. Whatley, Jr.
I am reading the articles again now and enjoying it even more now after a few more years of growing daylilies.
floota said:If you're working with diploids, you might look at Woodhenge Gardens. Margo's Amethyst Tears and Jims Ocean Spirit and Out of Sane quickly come to mind as having exemplary plant habits and what we exhibition judges call "show scapes. ". They specifically breed for good plants and have many plants with well placed buds. Judy Davissons plants are top notch if you're working with test, as stated above.