finding two parent plants that will produce seed sounds easy. is easy until it is not. in many instances the two plants chosen look like good choices. chosen qualities from each would be nice to pass on to the seeds. it is that making seeds part. there are 16 species of daylilies. and that is where the genes get jumbled. there are a fair number of loose ends. sequences that almost match up. when they do not match up the seeds don’t ripen. or if they do they still may not sprout. or for one reason or another the pod fails. putting pollen from one plant on another is not a sure thing. and all one can do is keep trying old and or new combinations. and keep notes if anything works. it is not a sure thing. Rozavellian Kraken is such a flower. so far no successful crosses have been recorded. and while it might not be like discovering the northwest passage it still might be a bit of an adventure. and who knows what might be ?


6 thoughts on “explore

  1. Niki Flow

    The science of breathtaking beauty. Pretty cool to learn this. Thanks, John. Plus, this name is so interesting – “Rozavellian Kraken” such a villainous name for such a lovely flower! ♥.

  2. susansdailygarden

    Finding out just how true what you said is. Over 100 daylily seeds planted this winter, 13 sprouted, 11 survived. And I didn’t cross pollinate, just harvested the seeds the pollinators created. We’ll see in a couple years what we got!
    This spring I see our South Seas daylily seedling from two years ago is back. Hopefully it flowers this year!
    Rozavellian Kraken is gorgeous!!!


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