Daylilies forum: Strange Seeds

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Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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bxncbx
Sep 11, 2017 8:41 PM CST
I've been collecting pods for awhile now and I often find seeds that have started sprouting in the pod. But today I found these seeds. I've never seen any look like these before.

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I'm assuming they aren't viable since the insides look like mashed potatoes.

This cross is a seedling (pod parent) backcrossed with its pollen parent. Could that be the cause? The plants are diploid.
Name: Nikki
Yorkshire, UK (Zone 8a)
LA name-Maelstrom
Scatterbrain
Sep 12, 2017 6:14 AM CST
Elena,

I just opened a pod today that had a seed just like that in it, as you say, the insides are just like mashed potato.

The pod was Honky Tonk Blues x Star Child (both dips) but they aren't parent and child plants so unlikely that that is what caused your seeds to be like that. I also assumed it wasn't viable and disposed of it. Other seeds (7) in the pod looked normal.

I had put it down to the massive amount of unrelenting rain we have had this year (it has rained almost everyday since late May, mostly very heavy torrential rain) and even on dry days the sky has been very cloudy and overcast so no sunshine to speak of all summer--I don't know if you have had similar weather conditions?
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Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
Daylilies Winter Sowing Hybridizer Peonies Plant and/or Seed Trader Vegetable Grower
Seed Starter Organic Gardener Composter Container Gardener I helped beta test the first seed swap Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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bxncbx
Sep 12, 2017 7:27 AM CST
Nikki, we had more rain than typical this summer but for the last month or so it's been relatively cool and dry. One seed in the pod had sprouted normally and I planted it. The others were either obviously no good (2) or normal (13?).

It's strange because the seeds look like they exploded. They were on top of the other ones in the pod (usually nestled in a row but these were above the row) and much larger. I guess I figured that meant they had some sort of genetic defect that caused them to grow too quickly.
Name: Nikki
Yorkshire, UK (Zone 8a)
LA name-Maelstrom
Scatterbrain
Sep 12, 2017 10:06 AM CST
Yes, the one I had was like that, looked like a popcorn kernel that hadn't fully popped!

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