Friday, July 8, 2011

Daylily Seedling Success

This seems to be the year my daylily seedlings are coming into their own.  I have a bunch of seedlings that I bred in 2007 and brought with me on the move, which bloomed over the last two years, and a bunch of seedlings sown in 2010 that are blooming for the first time now.  I've got quite an assortment of also-rans and oh-dears, but I've got a handful of really nice ones to keep and evaluate further.  Some of them have garden names (unregistered with the AHS yet, but I've got to call them something besides "seedling 2007 purple with eye and edge," or whatever, until I decide if I want to take the trouble to register them for sale as official named varieties).  Here are my keepers so far:

Spacecoast Starburst x Mama's Cherry Pie, 2007.  
I haven't settled on a name for this one.  It's an early-to-mid bloomer, 
about 24" tall, Dormant, Tetraploid, 5" blooms, and very robust, 
and it consistently opens well-formed flowers early in the season, 
even with the heavily ruffled edge (which can be an issue up here in the north, 
since heavily ruffled flowers often prefer hot weather to open well).

Parentage unknown, 2007.  Garden name:  Dixie Highway.
I'm in love with this one - the creamy lemon color and the brushed cinnamon eye
are a really nice combination.  It's about 28" tall, dormant, early-midseason 
blooming, probably tetraploid, and the flower is about 6" across.

Parentage unknown, probably out of Green Eyed Pat
seed harvested 2007, sown 2010.  No garden name yet.
This is a lovely, soft flower, true rose pink with a darker eye 
and yellow to green throat.  It's dormant, and is probably tetraploid.  
It's about 18" tall, and the flower is about 4 1/2" -5",
but the plant will probably be a bit taller at maturity.  
Early-midseason blooming.

Parentage unknown, probably out of Green Eyed Pat
seed harvested 2007, sown 2010.  No garden name yet.
This was a wonderful surprise this morning!  It's a gorgeous creamy color, 
with a large green throat and excellent form.  Definitely a keeper.  
It's dormant, about 20" tall, probably tetraploid, 
midseason blooming, and the blooms are large (at least 6").

Seedling Prince of Sharon x Clarification, 2007.  Garden name:  Oye Como Va.
This one is a big son of a gun, with heavy 6" flowers in strong stems.
It's about 30" tall, dormant, with rich green foliage, tetraploid, 
early-mid blooming.

Seedling Mama's Cherry Pie x Graham Memorial, 2007.  
Garden name:  Stone In Love.
This was my husband's pick of the seedlings last year, but I named it.  
It's a very robust plant, 26" tall, tetraploid, semi-evergreen, 
and an early-midseason bloomer with 5 1/2" flowers.  
The color is sunfast, and the form is consistently fine.

 Seedling Prince of Sharon x Clarification (II), 2007.  No garden name yet.
This was a lovely surprise last year, the first time it bloomed.  It's not a terribly
robust plant, but it's blooming well after being planted out in the front yard.
Dormant, early-midseason, 18" tall, 5" flowers, tetraploid.
I usually prefer taller plants; large flowers on short plants look unbalanced to me.
Still, I can't pass up the form and color of this one - 
it opens beautifully no matter what the weather.  
I'll keep it, and maybe use it for breeding.

I've got a handful more of this year's seedlings to keep and evaluate over the next couple years.  I've got a bunch of plants to give away (the nicer ones), or compost (the dogs).  I only sprouted a couple daylilies from my winter sowing efforts this year - the spring was just too cold and wet.  I might start some seeds this fall from my own plants, to get a jump on next year.  We'll see.  It's like playing the lottery - you never know.  Out of about 60 seedlings from last year, I'll keep perhaps 5-6 for another year and see how they do.
Maybe I'll register a few eventually with the American Hemerocallis Society 
(the U. S. national daylily registry), so I can sell them as true named varieties.  
Mostly, though, I do this for fun.


  1. They are all spectacular!! I really love the first pink one with the yellow pretty!

    If you ever cross more, would you blog that? I think that would be fascinating.

  2. I made a few crosses one nice morning this week. If you mean a "how to" post for breeding daylilies, I could do that too. They're totally easy to breed. Some of the seedlings above are from my own garden crosses, and some are from seed purchased on a daylily auction site. I'll try to remember to take pictures the next time I'm dabbling in the pollen.