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Observations on Daylily Hybridizing

By DogsNDaylilies
November 10, 2015

Are you new to daylily hybridizing and looking for a few ideas? Or maybe you've hybridized before, but what you have isn't working as well as you wanted. I hope some of the things I've tried this year will work for you or give you ideas of your own to try. I'll be covering my experiences with different methods of labeling as well as my idea for harvesting and drying your seeds.

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Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
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Polymerous
Nov 10, 2015 3:23 AM CST
Great idea with those foot sox! I'll have to try it - rubber bands don't work and the organza bags are too big. I always have seeds go flying when I harvest...

I have to ask though, what the heck is a k-cup? Confused
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midnight21
Nov 10, 2015 5:02 AM CST
I don't know if this will help, but. I have been hybridizing fuchsias now for well over 40 years, and tried various methods like you to mark the crosses. In the end I found that ordinary knitting wool was the answer. There were, and still are, family, friends and neighbours who knit, and they all seem to have wool left over. Very soon I had dozens of different colours which I use along with a note book to keep a reference to my crosses. I agree with you, it's a exciting thing to do. I still get a kick waiting for those plants to bloom, and what a thrill when you get something special. Keep going.

John. Hurray! Hurray!


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Name: Dnd
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DogsNDaylilies
Nov 10, 2015 6:09 AM CST
Polymerous said:Great idea with those foot sox! I'll have to try it - rubber bands don't work and the organza bags are too big. I always have seeds go flying when I harvest...

I have to ask though, what the heck is a k-cup? Confused


Thank you!

K-cups are the little Keurig cups, or pods, that you put into a single-serve coffee makers.
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
Nov 10, 2015 7:24 PM CST
midnight21 said:I don't know if this will help, but. I have been hybridizing fuchsias now for well over 40 years, and tried various methods like you to mark the crosses. In the end I found that ordinary knitting wool was the answer. There were, and still are, family, friends and neighbours who knit, and they all seem to have wool left over. Very soon I had dozens of different colours which I use along with a note book to keep a reference to my crosses. I agree with you, it's a exciting thing to do. I still get a kick waiting for those plants to bloom, and what a thrill when you get something special. Keep going.

John. Hurray! Hurray!


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Thank you, John! I can only imagine how exciting it must be to work with fuschia, too....they are so bright, beautiful, and the scent.... Lovey dubby I've only had the opportunity to sniff a fuschia once, a long time ago, but I remember it being beautiful. I like your idea about the wool. My friends that knit live out of state, so I'm a little out of luck there, but I might check it out at a craft store (or WalMart, etc.) one of these days. That could be a nice addition or alternative to the methods I currently have. Thumbs up
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Hortaholic
Jun 9, 2021 10:42 PM CST
Knitting yarns also come in "variegated" colors, which change every few inches. You can get multiple colors from one skein.

The colors of acrylic yarns are pretty fade-resistant. The yarn won't decompose. You'll have to collect any that fall to the ground to keep from having multicolored soil or mulch. One way to prevent this - instead of tying the yarn around just the base of the flower, also tie it around the stem the flower is attached to, in a figure-8 if there's room to maneuver.

Pat
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