Are the two parents registered daylilies or seedlings?
How many other seedlings have bloomed from the cross? How many of those were not yellow?
Surprising results are not necessarily produced by "recessive" effects. Sometimes they are produced by insects pollinating the flower with an unknown pollen as well as the hybridizer pollinating the flower with a known pollen.
I have just come in from counting the number of "bee" pods set on two clumps of a tetraploid daylily. One clump had seven "bee"/natural pollination pods and the other clump had four.
touchofsky said:I have had one yellow seedling pop up when four or five siblings were the colour I would have expected from the cross. That has happened a few times. Are they like kittens and can they have more than one father?
shive1 said:. Unless crossing in a greenhouse, how can a hybridizer guarantee their cross is what they have tagged?
touchofsky said:In the case I was mentioning, I took a look at registered child plants, and one registered child was yellow and two were cream, so it would seem there could be a yellow one or cream one pop up, even though the parents were both a deep pink.
Seedfork said:Several months ago I was looking for how long before a rain the pollen would need to protected after being applied, and now I see it is one hour approximately.
All the seedlings were different from your expectations? How many seedlings have flowered from the cross?
Do you have a record of the parentage of the pod and pollen parents?
Thank you for the details.
For two daylilies that both have anthocyanin coloured flowers to produce a yellow seedling both parents would typically carry two copies or more of yellow. Typically the yellow pigments(s) would be present in the flowers with the anthocyanins but hidden by them. It would tend to make the anthocyanin coloured flowers not clear - possibly muddy or drab.
If the cross had produced near-white seedlings that would be easier to explain than yellow seedlings.
The known ancestry of the registered daylilies involved does not contain yellows or near whites, creams, etc.
Is it possible that the lost parentage involved crosses with near-whites?