Lilies forum: Thoughts on Representation of a Cross

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Name: Joe
Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Joebass
Jan 11, 2017 9:44 PM CST
This has been a great thread so far!
Name: Jim
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Zone 3a)
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JimSaskatoon
Jan 30, 2017 7:54 PM CST
This has been a fantastic thread. Very informative and thought provoking.
Thanks to all who contributed and of course the originator.
Hank, I have to ask - what are you doing with all of these beautiful seedlings? Surely you don't have room for all of them?

What I have done here and continue to do is usually once every two years go through a bed of seedlings and tag those I consider the better seedlings including those I want to continue further work on. I do this while they are in bloom of course. I then dig all the seedlings out putting aside the tagged seedlings and again go through them as now I can also see those with and without strong root systems which can make a difference as to whether I will kept them or totally discard them at this point. I then choose the seedlings that I wish to keep and work further with say 5 - 10 (or none) out of 100 seedlings and then plant these into new beds with well amended soil. I will put the rest of the seedlings - those initially selected seedlings which I have now chosen not to grow on or work with into several wheelbarrows, pails or large boxes. I then put them on the driveway along with some recycled plastic bags and put up a sign that says free lilies. I don't save any stems for anyone as this just get too complicated trying to remember who wanted what, looking after them til they are picked up etc., and they need to go back into the ground relatively soon. Oh I guess I'll admit I may give the a call to one or two previous admirers. The seedlings usuallly disappear in a hurry though as the stems with flowers on them attract any plant lover who happens to be passing by. I guess my payment is that there will be more lilies growing in the neighbourhood which is great I think.

Guess I got a bit carried away with my explanation of what I did about the seedlings I grow as I said I was just curious as to what you and others who are into growing plants from seed do with your "extras".

Jim
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Jan 30, 2017 8:03 PM CST
I am sure your neighbors appreciate your efforts and generosity!
Name: Jim
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Zone 3a)
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JimSaskatoon
Jan 30, 2017 8:09 PM CST
Thanks, Tracey. A very much appreciated thread.
Jim
Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
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Mutisia
Jan 30, 2017 8:55 PM CST
LI LI LAND!!!!!!
Name: Jim
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Zone 3a)
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JimSaskatoon
Jan 31, 2017 1:27 PM CST
Ursala, sorry I don't quite understand your response.
Jim
Name: ursula
Chile (Zone 9b)
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Mutisia
Jan 31, 2017 6:06 PM CST
I APOLOGYZE FOR CAPITAL LETTERS; BUT MY KEYBOARD IS ACTING WEIRD AND REFUSES TO DO WHAT I WANT:

JIM; for SOME WEEKS WE HAVE A USA musical movie having a great success, called "LA LA LAND" (PERCEIVED AS MUSICAL PARADISE I have been told): ThUS; LI LI LAND would be LILIUM PARADISE Sticking tongue out
Name: Joshua
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Australis
Jan 31, 2017 6:32 PM CST

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@Mutisia - Check if your SHIFT key is jammed, Ursula. Sometimes that occasionally happens on my older keyboards and you get behaviour similar to what you're seeing.

@JimSaskatoon - I am now officially envious of your neighbours! You mention about keeping around 5-10 out of 100 seedlings - I assume that means you tend to start around 100-150 seeds from each cross you make?
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Name: Tracey
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magnolialover
Jan 31, 2017 6:32 PM CST

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Glad you enjoyed this thread. It's a topic that had been in my mind a while. The insight of all has been great.

That said, I have decided I need to be one of your neighbors. Taking some of these castoffs and homing them. Thumbs up Seriously, you have some lucky neighbors.
Tracey
Name: Jim
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Zone 3a)
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JimSaskatoon
Jan 31, 2017 8:45 PM CST
Yes, the neighbours do feel lucky, but you know what I get to see some of these seedlings mature into great clumps and that is part of my payback too. I also get the odd good seedling back too after it has proven itself a great garden lily.

Joshua, I don't always start that many from a particular cross, but sometimes I will put all the seedlings relating to a particular trait into one bed. Like this bed pictured below devoted to ruffled edge seedlings which was a year away from culling.

Got it Ursula. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I hear it is a good one for a musical Smiling

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