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Larry's Obsession

By LarryR
February 27, 2014

About three months ago, I began an odyssey that took me to places that, in my life long journey as a gardener, I never would have imagined. It all began with a daylily seedling.

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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Feb 26, 2014 6:32 PM CST
Larry, this is just a stunning, well-written article with a lot of gorgeous pictures to oooh and ahhh over. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Especially liked the explanations of the differences between the doubles.

Congratulations on 'Picotee Pumpkin'. I think it is a keeper!
Vickie
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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Feb 26, 2014 6:36 PM CST
I agree Thumbs up
Susan

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Joannabanana
Feb 26, 2014 6:41 PM CST
WOW! Fantastic article & photos Thumbs up Thumbs up
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daylilydreams
Feb 26, 2014 7:27 PM CST
I agree Great article and photos one of the best I have seen.
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KyWoods
Feb 26, 2014 8:07 PM CST
Congrats on a well-written article, Larry, and thanks for all the eye candy!
Name: Vicki
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vic
Feb 27, 2014 2:06 AM CST
Thank you for this wonderful article Larry. It needs to be printed and bound as a book Thumbs up
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Feb 27, 2014 3:34 AM CST
I agree. Very well done, Larry. Hurray!
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philljm
Feb 27, 2014 6:35 AM CST
Excellent article, thanks!
Name: Vi
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stetchworth
Feb 27, 2014 7:27 AM CST
Excellent, very well done.
Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Feb 27, 2014 7:50 AM CST
Larry, that was very interesting. Thanks!!
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Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
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coconut
Feb 28, 2014 11:08 AM CST
Larry, could you please say which breeders are the most southern? Are there any in south Florida? I live where the minimum temps are above 60, US Virgin Islands, and would love to try growing daylilies.
Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Mar 1, 2014 8:34 AM CST
Truly awesome! And super kudos for YOU taking the time to write this article! What a bewildering array.
Thanks!
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Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Mar 1, 2014 11:36 AM CST
Thanks again, everyone, for your enthusiastic comments and all the thumbs and acorns. I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Mar 1, 2014 12:01 PM CST
Melissa, below is a list of hybridizers who live in Florida. Stamile used to live there as well but has relocated to California. To access their websites, just go back to the end of my article and click on the names. Each of these websites has contact information. I urge you to contact some or all of these hybridizers and ask them if they think their daylilies would do well in the Virgin Islands. You might also ask which specific cultivars might do better than others.

Abajian
Devito
Harry
Kinnebrew
Lambertson
Petit
Salter
Stamile/Pierce (California)
Trimmer
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Oct 21, 2014 5:03 PM CST
Just saw this again in the random column on the right side of the ATP page and read it... again. Just as interesting as before, Larry. When this first came out, I had my first ever collected daylily seeds in the refrigerator waiting for spring so I could plant them. Now they are in the ground and I am hoping they are going to make it through the winter. I don't believe any of them will produce scapes in 2015, so I am realistically hoping for 2016 blooms. I also have some seedlings in my house that I started this year. Some from a trade and some of my own.

Reading your article again helps me keep things in perspective and helps me to realize that I may not get a beauty out of each and every one of these, but they are my babies and I am excited to be raising them just to see what they produce.
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11+
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coconut
Oct 22, 2014 1:21 PM CST
Each and every one will be a beauty to you!!!!!!

Says a hard core Adenium grower who just about can't let go of even one, tho' I have hundreds, and many hundreds of seedlings and more than 1,000 seeds, GROAN!!!
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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Oct 23, 2014 4:56 AM CST
Oh my, Melissa! That is a lot of babies. I will have to look up Adenium. I have never heard of it, but that is a beautiful bloom!
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11+
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coconut
Oct 23, 2014 12:17 PM CST
Amazing. People can't read. Why do we have the bottom blurbs???? such as:
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown

Anyway, they have a tough time in your zone. Temps below 55 are nearly deadly. But some folks do keep them as house plants in the frigid north... Come look at this group here on ATP. Welcome!
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Oct 28, 2014 9:27 PM CST
I'm glad you enjoyed the article, Vickie . . . again! I planted out the seedlings of my first real hybridizing effort this spring, knowing that I wouldn't see any bloom until next year. I was in for a shock. About two weeks ago, I found one of the seedlings was sporting a scape! Couldn't believe my eyes. Then the agonizing reality hit me. It will get killed by frost before I see it bloom. I'm torn now between leaving it in the ground or digging it up, potting it, and seeing if it blooms under lights in the basement. It's at moments like this that I really envy Florida growers who can go from seed to flower in as little as seven months.
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
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
Oct 29, 2014 4:55 AM CST
Yes, that would be a dilemma. I hope you give digging it up a try. I would love to see it in bloom. Here is an article by @profesora about growing daylilies in winter: http://garden.org/ideas/view/profesora/1847/Daylilies-in-My-...

My first hybridizing effort was picking pods in 2013 and I have about 50 seedlings outside. Currently, I have about 40 seedlings growing in my kitchen from this year thanks to profesora who gave me some seeds and the confidence that I can do it. I have lost a few, but I am hoping the rest of them make it. This is my first try at growing daylilies in winter.

I even picked a pod and directly planted the seeds in pots and have about 7 of them growing in the kitchen. I did not refrigerate or do anything to prepare them, so I was happy they germinated.

I envy the Florida growers too!


Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown

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