seedling

the last couple of days have among other things the listing of seeds in a spread sheet. there are a few more envelopes to go. then the sorting starts. and if other things move along like to clearing of an old seedling bed the planting will begin. spring will turn towards summer. now that seedling…

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    1. John Hric Post author

      Judy I plant mine out in the garden. It is just another monocot. Kinda like corn for lack of a better comparison. And I generally don’t get down quite that low to take pictures. More its the getting back up to vertical. Seed size can vary quite a bit roughly from an eight to a quarter of an inch from one cross to another. it depends on the parents.

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      1. John Hric Post author

        Deadheading does remove the ovaries. However daylilies rarely get fertilized on their own. There are a handful of cultivars that readily set pods on their own. Volcan Fuego and Stella de Oro are two I can think of. What ever creature was the natural pollinator(s) of daylilies I fear it is extinct. Humming birds rarely feed on them. And bees, butterflies, ants, beetles etc. do not bring the pollen to the pistil. Out of the thousand or so plants in my yard if I don’t pollinate them very very few will set a pod on their own. Volcan Fuego and its kids being the exception. I don’t deadhead most days and even when I do it is usually just the front edge of the garden. When the season comes to the end something like 90 to 95% of the pods have a tag from me pollinating. And roughly 2/3 of my attempted crosses fail to produce seeds. Of those that do set seed it is somewhat rare to get a full seed pod. Full is somewhere around 32 to 36 seeds. When I am harvesting maybe one pod in 100 is full. The pistil and the pod are divided into three segments. Often one or two chambers of the seed pod are empty. On diploid crosses the norm is 8 – 15 seeds harvested from a pod. Tetraploids I might get 2 – 5 seeds from a pod. Rarely do I get 10 or more from a tet seed pod. What ever the evolutionary path has been for daylilies generally speaking it has been a vegetative reproduction more than sexual reproduction. Thanks Judy.

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