Daylilies forum: Strange seedlings

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Name: Tina
Greenup, Ky (Zone 6b)
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beenthere
Mar 19, 2018 6:21 AM CST
These are seedlings from Brown Exotica X Dotted Fever. Had only two germinate (out of 16), dug the rest out, to see what was what, and they were just seed husks left. The two that germinated grew straight leaves at first, then started to curl. I'm a big fan of Brian Reeder's blog, DaylilyBReeder, and read that he had some trouble with Brown Exotica crosses also. Are these worth growing on? Is it time and space wasted?. They look perfectly healthy and no other seedlings are doing this, so not sure what to do.
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This is the one that I snipped the leaves since Sue suspected mechanical damage was causing the weird leaves. Still putting out curly leaves.
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Mar 19, 2018 6:28 AM CST
Interesting. Having eliminated mechanical damage I have no idea what causes that except that I've seen similar pictures (don't recall what cross) posted elsewhere. Since most of the seeds were just husks my next suspicion would be that something was wrong with the seeds. What did Brian say his did?
Name: Tina
Greenup, Ky (Zone 6b)
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beenthere
Mar 19, 2018 6:41 AM CST
I think it's interesting, too. I've had excellent germination from all other seeds from this LA source, so I know the seeds themselves were not mishandled. Just off the top of my head, I think the blog stated he had started 175 seeds X 3 and ended up with germination of only 89. Seedling vigor and survival was poor, though he did not share stats on that.
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Name: Valerie
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touchofsky
Mar 19, 2018 6:44 AM CST
If it were me, I would keep growing them just out of curiosity to see if the curling continued as they matured. Imagine what a curiosity a daylily with curly foliage would be Hilarious!
Name: Tina
Greenup, Ky (Zone 6b)
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beenthere
Mar 19, 2018 7:19 AM CST
Since there are only two, I may just do that. But they won't go in the ground with the rest. Would rather not waste 6/8 inches of ground on iffy seedlings. Thinking of poodle-y names right now. Smiling
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Mar 19, 2018 11:03 AM CST
I agree, I would have to grow them on being there are only two. What was once tossed on the compost pile has become popular now in some cases. Sometimes its the standouts that are the next wave in popularity. It is not a good sign that the seed did so poorly and if the plants continue to be weak that is not good either. But, there may be a curly plant gene in there somewhere that is worth pursuing .
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Mar 19, 2018 11:35 AM CST
I agree too. I would have to let the two seedlings grow just to see what they do. If you let them grow, please report back later as to what they did.

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Name: Tina
Greenup, Ky (Zone 6b)
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beenthere
Mar 19, 2018 12:54 PM CST
Will do. Named the oldest one Fifi. I blame that on cabin fever. The longest leaf on Fifi has completed one full curl. Yet the seedling looks perfectly healthy. So very strange.
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Name: Valerie
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touchofsky
Mar 19, 2018 2:59 PM CST
I love Fifi. It will be interesting to see how she progresses.
Name: Tina
Greenup, Ky (Zone 6b)
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beenthere
Apr 1, 2018 10:37 AM CST
So, there's more wrong with these seedlings than the shape of their leaves. This is what they looked like after 4 hrs of morning sun on a 64 degree day. The others were fine. So Fifi and other curly are gone. It was inevitable.
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Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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touchofsky
Apr 1, 2018 2:28 PM CST
Poor little Fifi and Curly Crying

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