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   BILL'S HYBRIDIZING PROGRAM

 


BILL'S HYBRIDIZING PROGRAM
I first became interested in daylilies when Linda's brother, Herman gave me our first daylilies.  From there my interest grew and I was soon dabbing pollen.  We had many fun trips with Herman and Alice; collecting a variety of cultivars from many well know hybridizers.

I love to walk out in the early morning to see new blooms never seen before on a new seedling.  It's God's work that gives the beauty of each daylily.  

What I look for in evaluating seedlings is unusual color and a bloom that will stand out in the garden.  I want a bloom that doesn't look like any other that I have seen.  The bloom is the first thing I look at and then the plant habit, branching, and bud count.  I use some of my own seedlings and introductions and also other hybridizers, newer introductions for crossing.  I'm looking  for good edges and different patterns.  

When a seed pod forms and turns brown, I collect the black pearl seeds.  They are dried out for 24 hours, then put in labeled film canisters, and placed in the refrigerator.  In February or March, I plant the seeds into three gallon pots; all labeled with seedling codes.  The seedlings will remain in the pots until late Summer, when they will be planted in the garden; 7 " apart.  Here they will grow for several  years, being evaluated and unacceptable flowers being eliminated.



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