In this post we will pick up where the last one left off and look at some tips and pointers I have for hobbyists, collectors and breeders who wish to pay any attention at all to the problem of rust in daylilies or who wish to pursue, actively or passively, a program of breeding for rust resistance in daylilies.
A Challenge and Invitation: Part 2
So what are my suggestions for those who would try?
You should also then report variations, so that if a given cultivar was strongly resistant for three years, then had a susceptible year (possibly another strain of rust?) then had a resistant year, you are not making absolute claims, but rather are offering your observations. If you want, you can also add a disclaimer that your observations are yours alone and may not reflect performance in other gardens. Be clear, but pass on what you have observed. Just because the topic is ‘rust’ doesn’t mean it should be treated any differently than any other trait we select for. After all, many of you report your observations of say bud count and branching, even though we know they may not be the same in another garden in a different environment...
- Formulation of a Question
- Background research and formulation of a hypothesis
- Testing the hypothesis through experimentation
- Analysis of results
In the next installment we will look at some daylily family lines known to show resistance and a random listing of some cultivars that have shown resistance.