Daylilies forum: Curious about registered plants

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jul 22, 2017 8:38 PM CST
Is there a criteria for registering a daylily cultivar, or is it just a matter of establishing the cross and paying whatever the registration fee might be? I'm a bit curious as it is clearly daylily season and I'm enjoying all the newly posted photos. Some, however, are downright unappealing to me which gave rise to this question. No offense intended to anyone, we all have our own ideas of what is (or is not) visually appealing.
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Name: Daniel Erdy
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ediblelandscapingsc
Jul 22, 2017 9:13 PM CST
If you pay the money you can register a plant regardless of how "ugly" it is. For most hybridizers visually appeal is only as important as scape height and bud count. A flower could be a stand out but if it blooms in the foliage or has a low bud count they will try to breed it out of the plant before registering it. I say most but there are more than likely more hobby hybridizers registering plants every year then people who make a living off of it.
Can you please give a few examples of some you find unappealing or what traits you find unappealing? I personally think many of the photos don't truly capture the beauty of the flower but agree that some seem to be a waste of a good name.
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Name: Ashton & Terry
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kidfishing
Jul 22, 2017 9:18 PM CST
Anything you want to register can be registered by paying the price and following the naming rules.
I think one of the best things about daylilies are the wide variety of flower types, forms, and colors. You don't have to like them all. You can even think some are down right ugly. Everyone can have a preference and an opinion. Most everyone can find registered daylilies that they do not like. But so many are just beautiful.
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ShakespearesGarden
Jul 22, 2017 10:49 PM CST
I agree I have seen daylilies that I thought were completely unappealing. There are certain forms that I don't like. And names I wished were on better looking plants.

And I've seen daylilies that I think should be registered, but won't/can't be.

With 85,000+ registered varieties I think there's something for everyone.
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jul 23, 2017 7:33 AM CST
I don't want to tread on anyone's toes so hesitate to name specific cultivars. The ones that don't appeal to me are on opposite sides of the spectrum -- those that are quite garish and rather remind me of clowns, and those that seem just kind of pale and washed out. I do love some of the names!
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Frillylily
Jul 23, 2017 7:52 AM CST
the looks is a matter of opinion, but I do think it dishonest that many are registered that clearly have very poor bud count, bloom down in the foliage ect, and they often do not provide information or information that is inaccurate. Then you spend money on something only to find out later it is a dud. And a sneaky suspicion the hybridizer knew it. I have had plants that performed so poorly, I burned them, would not even give them away. Who is going to say, oh, my good friend, you'll love this plant that hardly ever bloomed for me, and when it did it was in the foliage and was a rust bucket? Whistling
Name: Daniel Erdy
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ediblelandscapingsc
Jul 23, 2017 9:09 AM CST
I agree
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Name: Mayo
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Mayo62
Jul 26, 2017 1:40 PM CST
Isn't it true that quite a number of Daylilies are not and never will be for sale?

I think they are registered by people who are not 'official' hybridizers and who just want to name a DL after someone they lost or for some other occasion.

All info in the database for DL's like that are not important than, is it?
But it is not possible to discern these DL's from DL's that áre for sale and who's stats áre important.
(unless you recogize the name of the hybridizer, of course Whistling )

Mayo
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