Daylily Seed for Sale

 

 

From the late 1970ís through to 2001 I was very involved in trying to breed some exceptional daylilies and, although I produced many which I thought were special at the time, I no longer hybridise. Then last year one of my staff injured his hand and was limited to light duties, so I gave him a list of our new varieties and showed him how to make the crosses. As a result, 1000's of seed were produced and are available to order. Now you can experience the pleasure of watching a new seedling develop into a mature plant with stunning flowers! The images above are some of the beautiful varieties we crossed to produce new seed. Details of each cross were not recorded, so the seed are randomly mixed into packets of 50, plus I'll add in a few extras.   

Seed from quality plants like the ones we used are usually sold in 3ís or 5ís in the USA at $3.00 a seed!  One thing is absolutely certain - the chances of a seedling from these being 100% identical to any oother daylily would be in the order of 3 million to one! Also the odds of it being perfect in every respect are pretty slim too!  These facts donít deter top breeders in the USA from making 1000ís of crosses each season, producing 10,000 to 40,000 seed. Perhaps 40 or 50 may be very good new varieties, and of these 20 to 25 they will name and sell from $US100 up to $US300, depending on how exceptional they are.     Cost: $25 for over 50 seeds. Postage is free.  Please email if you wish to order, as they are not available on-line.

 

 

Planting Daylily Seed
Soak the seed overnight. Space them out in a pot with approx 1 cm between each and cover with 1 cm of potting mix. Place in a shady spot and keep the soil moist but not wet. Seed should appear in 10-14 days time. Place in a sunny spot after germination. When the seedlings are 15cm tall, carefully remove from the mix and plant about 10cm apart in your garden or into separate pots. Flowers should appear in less than a year. I used to plant the seed in March and the new flowers appeared from November onwards.

 

How long do daylilies live?
You know, I have never been asked that question during my 32 years involvement with daylilies, but someone asked it recently.  The answer is as follows.....
Providing you didnít kill it straight away by planting it upside down (..which one customer did recently!) or 15 cm deep (..like a tulip bulb!) it should multiply at the rate of about 5 to 8 divisions per year if planted in good soil, and thereís no reason why the original division shouldnít still be growing many years later. I must share with you something I hear often which I find very irritating! ....."Daylilies donít grow here, they only last a year or so and then disappear.Ē  I have to assume there must be some confusion with "true" liliums, those beautiful fragrant Oriental lilies which grow from soft fleshy bulbs, have a long winter dormancy and can easily disappear if conditions are not ideal for them. Daylilies (Hemerocallis) DON'T disappear! They are not related to true lilies nor grown from bulbs, but from divisions with fibrous crowns and roots.

Daylilies love the cold!
We're often asked if daylilies will grow in the coldest areas of Australia. The answer is they originated from cold climates and flourish in areas with cold winters! If you think your area is cold consider this: they are grown in just about every State in the USA including Alaska and throughout many parts of Europe. Not so long ago I was sent a photo of a snow-covered backyard from a client in Poland with the words ďyour daylilies are under here!Ē

When receiving your new mail-order daylilies in the middle of winter, if you live in a frosty area I do suggest potting them up and then plant them out in spring. If planted straight into your garden during frost season, they will grow OK in your garden providing you donít over-water them. Also make sure they get at least 6 hours of sunlight during winter. Once new daylilies are established, they are fully frost hardy and may suffer nothing worse than burnt foliage as the result of a harsh frost.

 
 

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