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Name: CODY
Longview, Washington (Zone 8a)
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cwalke
Aug 2, 2021 9:57 AM CST
First, a disclaimer: I have about a dozen different daylilies but am not terribly knowledgeable about all the breeding that's going on and the huge variety of new types...I've just bought what I liked over the years. But one of my plants has a few nice seed heads on it and I wondered if it's worth planting the seeds when they dry and seeing what happens. Not really interested in breeding them, but wondered if the resulting plant would be different than the parent and whether it's worth the time involved (I grow lilies from seed so I know a bit about the process and the time commitment).
Thanks for any advice...
Name: Dave
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SunriseSide
Aug 2, 2021 10:03 AM CST
Daylilies don't breed true from seed so you never know what you'll get.
Whether that is bad or good is user defined.
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Name: Orion
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plasko20
Aug 2, 2021 1:41 PM CST
If you have the space available you have nothing to lose with your experiment.
Just walking along the street on the way to work today I found myself stopping to hybridize some daylilies with their own pollen. Making a mental note to stop by in a month and a half to see if I can have me some free seeds. I probably will not use them, but you never know.
Better to have and not use than need and not have.
Gardening: So exciting I wet my plants!
Name: CODY
Longview, Washington (Zone 8a)
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cwalke
Aug 2, 2021 6:15 PM CST
thank you SunriseSide and plasko20 ..I agree with both of your points and so will definitely plant those seeds! Guess I just needed a little encouragement Green Grin!
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Aug 4, 2021 6:01 AM CST
I like collecting bee pollinated seeds and planting them just to see what they do. I don't do it anymore only because I don't have room to plant them. However, I did make a very few crosses this year and will try to fit them in somewhere.

Anyway, in 2013 I collected some daylily seeds that were bee pollinated. The only seedlings I have left are from 'Lady Neva'. I am pretty sure that the seeds I collected are a cross of 'Lady Neva' x 'Lady Neva' because it was one of the only daylilies blooming so late that year and because the plant habit and look of the seedlings are so much like 'Lady Neva'.

'Lady Neva'
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2021 - clumps of seedlings from 'Lady Neva'. I just planted them all together up against the fence. I recorded that there were 6 seeds, but I only see 3 distinctly different seedlings.
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As you can see in the first picture below, one of the seedlings is terrible. That is actually what it looks like in the early morning! I have tied all of these scapes together and plan to dig them out. Even though the seedling blooms aren't as nice as the real 'Lady Neva', they aren't half bad. But they all do lean quite a bit, which is why I got rid of 'Lady Neva', which I sometimes regret.
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Vickie
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Name: CODY
Longview, Washington (Zone 8a)
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cwalke
Aug 7, 2021 8:28 AM CST
blue23rose said:I like collecting bee pollinated seeds and planting them just to see what they do. I don't do it anymore only because I don't have room to plant them. However, I did make a very few crosses this year and will try to fit them in somewhere.

Anyway, in 2013 I collected some daylily seeds that were bee pollinated. The only seedlings I have left are from 'Lady Neva'. I am pretty sure that the seeds I collected are a cross of 'Lady Neva' x 'Lady Neva' because it was one of the only daylilies blooming so late that year and because the plant habit and look of the seedlings are so much like 'Lady Neva'.

'Lady Neva'
Thumb of 2021-08-04/blue23rose/b542c8

2021 - clumps of seedlings from 'Lady Neva'. I just planted them all together up against the fence. I recorded that there were 6 seeds, but I only see 3 distinctly different seedlings.
Thumb of 2021-08-04/blue23rose/576928

As you can see in the first picture below, one of the seedlings is terrible. That is actually what it looks like in the early morning! I have tied all of these scapes together and plan to dig them out. Even though the seedling blooms aren't as nice as the real 'Lady Neva', they aren't half bad. But they all do lean quite a bit, which is why I got rid of 'Lady Neva', which I sometimes regret.
Thumb of 2021-08-04/blue23rose/546f64
Thumb of 2021-08-04/blue23rose/ee6553
Thumb of 2021-08-04/blue23rose/9444b1


thank you for posting this process...very interesting!

Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
Bee Lover Garden Photography Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: United States of America
Region: Indiana Garden Art Annuals Clematis Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 2
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blue23rose
Aug 7, 2021 11:56 AM CST
You're welcome, Cody!
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown

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