Daylilies are some of the most beautiful and carefree plants in the garden. They come in many colors, sizes and patterns. They withstand heat and drought. They are even edible!
They are plants that do not come true from seed. This means every seed produces a new and unique plant that may or may not look anything like its parent.
And that’s where the fun starts. How about trying your hand at hybridizing this year? It’s quite easy and you never know what you might get. The 3 most common crossing types are:
1. pretty on pretty – pick two varieties in your garden that you really like
2. trait on trait – flower shape, height, number of blooms – your choice
3. intentional – using plant genetic and science to attempt to bring out desirable attributes
Making a cross is quite simple, take the pollen from one variety and apply it to the stigma of another. Then wait and see if the mating was successful. If yes, there will be a pod developing at the base of the flower. Daylily pregnancy takes about 50 days from fertilization until seeds are ripe and ready for harvesting.