Daylilies forum: Think I am addicted....

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Name: Catherine Moll
Ga. (Zone 8b)
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dixiebelle426
Aug 28, 2017 1:49 PM CST
So months ago I realized daylilies had seed pods, so I started doing research on them, the whole how to... that's when I found this awesome group of people here. I have managed to sprout some of my seeds, and some I got off ebay, I was also gifted about 200 seeds from a few people, over the weekend I got my husband to expand my flower bed, he expanded it out 5 ft on all 4 sides, then I got seed mail Saturday and today, they are in the fridge now, and I have started the count down for 4 weeks. Some of my seeds I got today had roots already. I just planted those in some pots. There is nothing like seeing a flower that you have took care of bloom for the first time. I look forward to seeing these bloom in a few years.
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Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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touchofsky
Aug 28, 2017 5:32 PM CST
You are in good company here! I started my first daylily seeds in the winter of 2016. These I got from a fellow forum member. Last summer, I did my own crosses and started them this spring. I did more crosses done this summer and I am waiting for the pods to ripen. It has been a great journey of learning and discovery.

I hope you have lots of success with your seeds. I think your husband will be doing more digging in the future if you have good germination on all of those seeds!
Name: Catherine Moll
Ga. (Zone 8b)
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dixiebelle426
Aug 28, 2017 6:06 PM CST
@touchofsky
I am very new at this.
So the seed pods I got this year, was because 2 flowers were crossed?
I have read I can take the pollen from one flower and put it on another for a cross, but was not sure. The more I read, and the more I post the more I learn, I just hope everyone don't roll their eyes when they see my post hahahaha
I am already asking for a 2nd flower bed now, but as of right now he is saying no, he does not like to dig up his yard, and mow around my beds. I have already picked out 2 more spots, one on the other side of my yard around another tree, and the other spot around my deck.
Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
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ShakespearesGarden
Aug 28, 2017 6:22 PM CST
I conquered the digging up part by making raised beds... Whistling Hilarious!
Since I do vast majority of the outside work, it means I have less to mow...
Scout's motto: Be Prepared...
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
Daylilies Irises Roses Peonies Butterflies Birds
Bee Lover Region: Canadian Ponds Garden Art Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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touchofsky
Aug 28, 2017 6:32 PM CST
The pods can be started by a bee or other insects pollinating the daylily with pollen from the same daylily or from other daylilies. Most hybridizers take the pollen from one daylily (the pollen parent) and cross it with another daylily (the pod parent). If I did a cross between daylily 'Spiritual Corridor' and daylily 'Steely Blue Eyes', and I collected seeds from that cross it would be written Spiritual Corridor x Steely Blue Eyes. The cross is written with the pod parent first. If it is a pod that is pollinated by chance by insects and the pod developed on Spiritual Corridor it would be Spiritual Corridor x Unknown. These pods are called bee pods. I hope this helps and please ask questions. We all start somewhere!
The deck bed would be the best choice because your daylily babies would not be shaded by the tree or have to compete with the tree for moisture.
Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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petruske
Sep 3, 2017 6:15 AM CST
Don't forget to look up the ploidy of the daylilies you choose to cross. Diploids cross with other diploids. Tetraploids cross with tetraploids. You can look that up easily here on garden.org, just search the Plants Database.

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