Daylilies forum: daylily seeds

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Name: harold
Enterprise , Al. (Zone 8b)
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cuzzx
Jul 15, 2018 8:13 AM CST
i have some daylily seeds that i would like to save , what do i do with them.
will saving them work ?
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jul 15, 2018 4:52 PM CST
cuzzx
Collect the pods when they start to dry and start to crack open. I dry the seeds a day then either plant them or put them in the fridge to stratify. Then I like to start planting most of them about the second week of September. However I get impatient and go ahead and plant a few as soon as they are harvested. I have over thirty cups I have planted in July, really too hot for it and my germination rate is terrible right now.
Edited to add:
When you asked does that work, I might not have understood. Daylilies will not come true from seed, so if you plant seed from a daylily you might or might not get something similar to what the plant the seeds came off of looked like.
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Name: harold
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cuzzx
Jul 15, 2018 5:23 PM CST
thanks Larry,
I think I will put them in the fridge for about 3 to 4 weeks then I will start a few and save the rest for later or beginning of next year.
did you get any rain today, we got a lite sprinkling .
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jul 15, 2018 5:25 PM CST
Yes, we had a good shower today really hard short downpour, just what I needed. Looks like a good chance of rain for the next 10 days at least right now.
Name: harold
Enterprise , Al. (Zone 8b)
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cuzzx
Jul 15, 2018 5:35 PM CST
I hope so I need it here
have so much going its getting hard to do it all.
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jul 16, 2018 5:05 AM CST
One thing to bear in mind is that putting dry seeds in the fridge does not stratify them. If you want to stratify them for faster and more even germination, refrigerate them in damp vermiculite/perlite/sand/peat moss or seed starting mix or whatever you have to hand.

If you use the latter two, though, you will not be easily able to separate out the seeds for individual planting if that's your preferred method. What you can do in that case is just sow the seeds in the damp medium, enclose the pot/tray/whatever in plastic to stop it drying out, and then put the whole thing in the fridge. Then all you have to do in a month or so is take the container/s out of the fridge as is for germination at room temp. Obviously that's not practical if you have hundreds of seeds though unless you have a dedicated fridge or no food Hilarious!

Daylily seeds will eventually germinate if you don't properly stratify them first, but it may take weeks or months before all have germinated whereas stratified seeds all germinate together within a couple of weeks or so. The seeds need to be hydrated for stratification to be effective, hence the damp refrigeration.

But don't soak them in water as you'll sometimes see suggested. It's not necessary for daylily seeds and may even slow them down.
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jul 16, 2018 7:25 AM CST
I am just putting a small piece of paper in a small plastic zip lock baggie , placing the seed inside with the paper and spraying a small amount water in, then placing it in the fridge. I lost some seeds to rot last year, and I am trying this method this year. I read where someone had used this with success.
I think the idea is to keep moisture in the enclosed environment and let the paper absorb the excess and prevent the seeds from sitting in water. It makes it easy to work with the seeds individually, we'll see how it goes.
Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
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ShakespearesGarden
Jul 17, 2018 10:07 AM CST
Larry, I do something very much like that. Had good germination rates on everything except one seed packet. Nothing in that pack ever germinated...
Scout's motto: Be Prepared...
Name: harold
Enterprise , Al. (Zone 8b)
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cuzzx
Jul 17, 2018 12:02 PM CST
thanks all for the help. guess i need to write a book on which seed you do what with .
sure there is one out there.
to start amaryllis i start them in water soak bath,
then lilies in frige in a water soaked paper towel, sealed
hibiscus , place in frige then nick then water soak then plant is soil.
rose, forget it i just rut cuttings.
LOL
Name: Robin
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Totally_Amazing
Jul 23, 2018 4:12 PM CST
Hi Everyone,
I'm just popping in for a quick question...
I harvested 10 daylily seeds in January, let them dry for a couple of days and then planted them in seed raising mix outdoors. Two seedlings emerged within the first two months. How long should I wait for the other 8 seeds to germinate before I give up on them?

Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jul 23, 2018 4:17 PM CST
Totally_Amazing said:Hi Everyone,
I'm just popping in for a quick question...
I harvested 10 daylily seeds in January, let them dry for a couple of days and then planted them in seed raising mix outdoors. Two seedlings emerged within the first two months. How long should I wait for the other 8 seeds to germinate before I give up on them?



Wait until either they have all germinated or you get tired of waiting for them. If they were not stratified (damp chilled) before being planted they can take months to germinate. It happens that people re-use potting mix for something else after giving up on them only to find daylily seedlings germinating in the new situation.

If they have experienced temperatures outdoors below 10C for a few weeks then that could also have stratified them in which case they should have germinated or germinate when the weather warmed/s.

Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
Jul 23, 2018 7:00 PM CST
Thank You! Sue. The temperature here has been below 10C nearly every night for a few weeks now so I think I will wait another 3 months.
Name: harold
Enterprise , Al. (Zone 8b)
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cuzzx
Jul 24, 2018 11:54 AM CST
Robin keep us posted with pictures.
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
Jul 24, 2018 4:25 PM CST
My seeds are from a bee pod I found on Queensland Red and they are probably a cross of Queensland Red with itself. I thought I may as well grow the seeds and see what emerges. I will keep you posted.

If I am lucky, the pollen parent may be Garnet Prism which is close by. I also have June Reid Memorial planted about 10 metres away. These are the only daylilies I have.
Name: harold
Enterprise , Al. (Zone 8b)
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cuzzx
Jul 25, 2018 7:15 AM CST
very nice , Robin.
A few years ago I would look at a flower like that and just walk on. Today I really look them over and check every thing about them. they are beautiful .

on another note my aunt and uncle use to live in Australia . he was in the military and stationed there. when he got out they moved back over there for a few years. they are in the states now and talk about going back to live there again, but i guess there children keep them here

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