If you enjoy daylilies, then this is a wonderful time of the year.
While working at Riverside Rest Home Upper Garden, I certainly smiled at their beautiful plants.
When reading extension publications, blogs, or searching the web for gardening information there are always wonderful pieces of information to glean.
John Hric is a Northeast Ohio gardener who blogs year round about his passion for daylilies.
John goes several steps further than most of us, he propagates new varieties.
He recently posted a succinct summary of his process, and I thought you might find it as interesting as I did.
“Pick two interesting plants. Put them together. That is put pollen from one plant on the pistil of the other plant. See if the pollen takes.
If the genetics are compatible a seed pod may start to form. Wait for the seed to mature. Harvest seed. Store and then plant seed.
Wait a year or two for the plant to reach blooming size. Keep the deer away. Yes, Bambi will eat daylilies.
See what those two plants did. Here is a flower out of a cross between a flower named Forty-Two Dollar Date and a seedling. The seedling is twice and then some as large a flower as Forty-Two Dollar Date. The new seedling is about the same size as Forty-Two Dollar Date.
Like I said, what will they do?
First the new seedling. Then the two parent plants.”
John can be found at his blog, A North East Ohio Garden, UNH Extension has a daylily fact sheet that may interest you, and if you want more daylily information, here’s a link to the American Daylily Society.
If you’re looking for a local source for daylilies, visit our friends at The Blooming Farm in Barrington. Heather will take good care of your shopping needs.
Judy V., MG since 2007