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Offline Eddie Pringle

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Daylily seed germination techniques.
« on: January 06, 2013, 21:18:35 PM »
2011 i stole some daylily seedpods from a shopping centre. (At least i am honest. The garden service just cuts them off and dumps them anyway).

I got them to grow to about 75mm high and then they started falling over.

This year i made some of my own crosses (just playing).





When the pod starts bursting open i pick it and put it in the fridge.
When i have enough i put the seeds overnight in some water in the fridge.
Then i plant them in normal potting soil.

Any tips ?

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Eddie

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Re: Daylily seed germination techniques.
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2013, 13:52:39 PM »
Eddie the only tip i can give you is a very very old secret. Since the times when they were still night lilies

Send me some seeds and i will share it with you.

Bill

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Re: Daylily seed germination techniques.
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2013, 22:10:50 PM »
Eddie, it is very easy to germinate daylily seeds. You can drop them in any soil and chances are that they will grow.
I plant mine in seed trays using coarse river sand as medium. I leave them in the trays till they are about 10 cm high.
I then transplant them in plant bags with good compost soil as medium. I use small bags (about 5 to 8 cm wide and 12 to 18 cm deep.
I leave them in these bags for a good couple of months before I plant them in open ground.

Chris
PS. I have not done much hybridizing this year, but will still end up with many seed pods. If you want, I can always send you some seed. At
least you do not have to feel that guilty.

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Re: Daylily seed germination techniques.
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2013, 21:24:08 PM »
Chris thanks for the reply.

How often do you water the river sand mix. Should it be kept wet or just moist.
Do i have to store the seeds in the fridge and leave them in water overnight or just plant them direct ?

I know Bill will also benefit from your advice.

We has a few days of extremely hot weather (for our area) and i was busy watering every night so i didn't really walk through the rest of the garden. This afternoon i did and saw that Paper butterfly is going to open a flower. Our weather has changed from hot to chilly and i expect it to rain so i sat between two fires. To put a bucket over the flower or to leave mother nature to run it's cause. Mother nature won.

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Re: Daylily seed germination techniques.
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2013, 06:37:16 AM »
It is important to keep the sand moist. It must not dry out, especially not in the germination stage and the first few weeks of growing.
I do keep my seeds in the fridge and you can keep it in the fridge for many months. Putting them in water overnight before planting is a personal choice. I plant mine straight from the fridge.

Chris

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Re: Daylily seed germination techniques.
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2013, 07:50:52 AM »
Thanks Chris. I am going to give it another try.

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Eddie

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Re: Daylily seed germination techniques.
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2013, 16:34:11 PM »
Thought I would give this post a bump since daylily season is just around the corner....  I have daylily seeds that were sent to me quite some time ago and I really have not had time to put my attention to anything.  How long do they stay viable?  Would they still germinate if they have not been kept in the fridge? 
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Re: Daylily seed germination techniques.
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2013, 07:06:21 AM »
Kareen, you have nothing to loose by just planting them and see what happens. If you gently squeeze them and they are still firm, they should be OK.
Good luck!

Chris

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Re: Daylily seed germination techniques.
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2015, 22:49:57 PM »
I forgot some seeds in the fridge and only planted them last year. Most of these seeds were three years old by then. I have a good 200 healthy plants growing from these seeds.

As Chris said you have nothing to lose. I definately won.

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Re: Daylily seed germination techniques.
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2015, 13:42:28 PM »
Absolutely wonderful Eddie .. that is terrific  :)

Hope they all grow into extremely beautiful blooms

With any luck you will get something as beautiful as Chris got



That is absolutely divine
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Re: Daylily seed germination techniques.
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2015, 17:29:20 PM »
OMW - that one has me lost for words.......
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Re: Daylily seed germination techniques.
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2015, 20:12:53 PM »
All i can say to that one is I WANT ONE TOO.

I have been peeking at Daylily park's gallery and it is so difficult to decide.

I have taken quite a few pics of mine flowering just to find out my SD card is damaged. I will try and recover the pics and post them here. I have a new camera and it seems i am technologically disadvantaged.

Today i had some stunning double yellows flowering. At the moment pollination is out of the question as the bees get up earlier than what i do and they strip the pollen. I welcome the sight of bees so i won't complain.

Currently working my backside off to get everything done before i go and visit my grandkids in East Londen in two weeks time. Flower beds cleaned. Grass into shape. Electric fences checked and double checked. Camera system serviced and checked and about 1500 meters of the 2500 meters fire breaks completed. I was very lazy and instead of cutting the fire breaks clean once a month i left the for four months. The biggest problem is that i get up in the morning and get the feeling i must do something. If i just sit for a little while the feeling goes away and then i go play with my youngest grandson. He is now just starting to walk comfortably but today and yesterday fell and cut his lip. Think i will buy him a crash helmet till he's got the balance perfect.

Nice chatting to all of you again.

Have a fantastic week and i will make a point to call in more often.

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Eddie