I know that there is NO WAY to prove for sure (except through the expensive process of DNA) to find out what genetics a hybrid seedling might have if the label was lost or the parents were unknown.
My labeling system was ruined a few years ago when I first started growing seedlings, so I do not know who most of my earlier seedling's parents were. A small few I can figure out by looking at them. But most are questionable and will likely never have the parentage known.
One of my favorite earlier seedlings has unknown parentage.... BUT ... all the blooms have stippling. So I am going to take a leap of faith and guess that one of the parents is Stippled Statement. The gardener that I got this seed from had Stippled Statement and did use it in her hybridizing efforts. I did get "Stippled Statement x unknown" seeds from her as well.
So, I have 2 questions:
1) Does this look like a child of Stippled Statement? I have been assuming all along that it was. What other 2009 or older cultivars display stippling?
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Stippled Statement')
BUT ... SS does not have a high bud count. This one does. It had the most blooms of any of my seedlings this past Spring. It started blooming the middle of April and continued to have blooms through the end of June. (I did not write down when the last bud bloomed but I may have posted that info here in a thread somewhere.) It initially had 3 scapes in the clump for a total of 24 buds. Which may not seem like that much, but it started sending up new scapes for rebloom before the first set of buds were finished blooming at the end of May. So it had good extended AND rebloom for me this year. Blooms averaged around 6". It also did show some rust, but for the most part seemed to have a rust resistant rating of approx. 2.5 (I am guessing here on the actual rating number). Scapes were short - between 15- 19" tall. It also multiplies quite well. The number of fans more than doubled from the year before. I had 4 and now have at least 9.
When I look at the blooms, they do show a "tooth" a times, but mostly ruffles. It's bloom qualities remind me of photos I've seen of Alexa Kathryn. Sandi sent me some seed crosses that had AK as a parent also. So she used that cultivar for hybridizing, as well.
2) What do you think? Could Alexa Kathryn be the other parent of this seedling?
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Alexa Kathryn')
I found an empty bag with "Stippled Statement x ??" written on it. I just don't know for sure if this IS a SS child or not, but am assuming that it is since I did get some SS seeds (and I do not know of any other stippled cultivars). And what possibility is there that the other parent might be Alexa Kathryn?
Here is my seedling:
It set pods like crazy:
Would love to hear other hybridizer's and gardener's opinions! Thank you.