celestialrose said:How on earth do people get her plants before they are listed? I have wanted so many of hers over the years but almost everything is always sold out when the new listing comes up.
Some plants (probably most plants from smaller, temperate climate gardens) are in short supply. Daylilies don't always grow and multiply fast, particularly when you want them to. At the end of the first bloom season, hybridizers go through their "selected seedlings, and usually find a large fan with a growth bud opposite the scape. If they have 24 fans after the fourth season they can consider themselves lucky. The longer they wait, the more plants they'll have, but the less "special" their seedling becomes. Many cutting-edge daylilies have been introduced with 10-16 salable units.
Hybridizers network. Friends, associates and garden visitors have been admiring some of these plants for a few years. Most established hybridizers have customers who buy the whole collection. They're well-aware of what's coming up for release. Deals are struck long before pixel hits screen, and the debut introduction is often a mere formality. The rest of us, the teeming masses who are not fortunate enough to be "Ahead" of the curve, have to wait for them to hit the secondary market.