The name of the daylily in the top photo is - I REMEMBER YOU
TET (Vintner’s Treasure x Bella Sarah), evergreen. 6” flower, 5-way branching. 30 buds on a 35” scape.
I REMEMBER YOU is a dark purple with a beautiful silver-blue watermark and a distinct silver edge.
Fertile both ways
I loved reading about your various germinating and plantings procedures. Right now I am deeply smitten by
the Day Lily Fever. I have an order that will come in the spring, but I have a light set up (that I built) and
can have another (four feet x 48 ") additionally I can use with only more construction of my pvc setup.
I have been spending hours looking at the Lily Auction. I am thinking, should I buy in one color range
(blue/purple) or should I also buy some of the gorgeous pastels? I am thrilled with the possibilities.
Can anyone advise me how to choose day lilies to cross? What do you look for in making a cross?
I know nothing about the hybridizing part. I don't plan to go above $10 on any one selection of my seeds,
and I lean towards the cheaper even there. Since most of the crosses have 5 seeds, what should
I do? Buy 2 or 3 of the higher priced (I mean below $10) or get cheaper ones and have more
variety? I have day lilies, but those seed crosses are a whole new ball game. Do they bloom the
2nd or third year if I start them in February or March!
Hybridizing is personal to me. I make crosses that interest me and me alone. If I like purple then I will look for the best purples (also I use some reds with the purples) that are hardy in my grow zone, and in the form I like to work with, this goes for the other colors and forms.
Depending on what part of the country you live in, rebloom is important this allows for less bud count, in colder climates where it may be more difficult to get rebloom, bud count is very important. Again parentage is important. Plants with good bud count and rebloom in their background would be a good choice.
The bloom - Some will sacrifice the bud count for the pretty face, only the two parents with very nice blooms regardless the bud count would be right for such cross.
It is impossible to determine what a seedling will look like, that is the fun of hybridizing.
As for buying seeds, depending on dip, or Tet, you have a lot of hidden traits involved, and you may not get what you think from the two parents in the cross, unless you buy seeds from someone with a greenhouse you may be plant bee pod seeds, which may produce seedlings no better than some of your worse daylilies. My recordation is to make your own controlled crosses.
Hybridizers know what traits they want to bring out of a cross, and it isn't always the most expensive parents used,
The first 2 photos are the parents the third is a seedling from the cross
SPACECOAST BEHAVIOR PATTERN X WHEEL OF TIME
It is always important to set goals when it comes to hybridizing.
Lyle, did you have an idea of what the third one would look like? I would have never crossed those two because I would have thought I would get brown, and I love that seeding. As a matter of fact, it looks almost just like one of Leslies 'birthday' flowers that I liked so much. Ill have to go over and look what the name was...Wheel of Time, or something like that.
I didnt pant as many seedlings this year, however, the ones I planted actually have grown to blooming size. Guess thats what a warm winter will do. This will also be the first batch that either the squirels didt dig up most of the tags or the marker wore off. Im finally going to know most of the crosses. I always thought I could tell from the flower...NOT.
I will admit to its addictive nature. On the other hand, I just came in from potting up and moving around some seedlings, trying to keep the aphids and rust in check. Im hot, Im sticky, and Im itchy, Im asking WHY????? Well, all you have to do is look at Lyles seedlings and the answer is obvious ;-).
Even tho I have named ones that I love to see open, its just not the same as seeing a seedling the first time. That is not to say, sometimes you see them and go, I wasted a whole year on THAT??? lolol
LOL... I bet that is bad when an ugly one (is there such a thing in DLs?) rears its head... or maybe just a plain jane! But, then that special one opens and you know that all the other work was worth it.
I think the word Daylily must translate to addictive... I don't think there is ANYTHING associated with it that isn't addicitive in some manner!