Lilies forum: First to bloom question

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Name: Dave
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Nhra_20
Apr 14, 2018 7:01 AM CST
Okay, this isn't strictly a lily only question, but I know there are a lot of people here that grow many different kinds of plants, with a ton of knowledge.

Something I have noticed is that when a cultivar of a plant has many color varieties, and one color being yellow, the yellow colored variety nearly always seems to be the first one to bloom. Obviously the are exceptions to the rule. But it piqued a question. Is there something in the DNA of a yellow colored flower that makes this happen? And now thinking back, I don't recall having any yellows blooming late in the season in my gardens.
Name: Deborah
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Deebie
Apr 14, 2018 8:31 AM CST
Interesting observation. I'm all ears!
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Leftwood
Apr 14, 2018 10:55 AM CST
I love when people think outside the box, even if such theories don't pan out!

When L. pumilum 'Golden Gleam' bloomed last year, I didn't have a red pumilums flower in 2017, so no help there. But my yellow and orange forms of L. callosum bloom simultaneously. Even that really doesn't help much, since the provenance is only known for the orange, and simple genetic variance within the species might be at play.

I also have Iris suaveolens (normal yellow form) and Iris suaveolens var. rubromarginata (a purple form), and they bloom at the same time. I've seen pics of wild Iris pumila in Caucasian meadows and all the colors - white, purple, yellow - are in bloom. Same with tulips (I forget which species).

Not to rain on your parade, just can't think of any supporting evidence or anecdotes.
Name: Dave
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Nhra_20
Apr 14, 2018 12:21 PM CST
Maybe I should rephrase. In the asiatic groups, OTs, daffodils, etc, seems the yellows are first to bloom.

Not necessarily the different varieties of the same cultivar.
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fwmosher
Apr 14, 2018 1:53 PM CST
You have me thinking?? I shall "observe" because I have a ton of Oriental Lilies, side by side. However, there is the thought as with Daffodils, Tulips and Lilies, that some are early, mid and late blooming???

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