Wednesday, January 19, 2022
2022 Daylily Introductions
My Polyploid/Tetraploid Introductions as a Reflection of my Multipronged Approach to Developing My Program
My Polyploid/Tetraploid Introductions
A Reflection of my Multipronged Approach to Developing My Program
In short, my tetraploid program is about bringing in new genetic material at the tetraploid level and then using the best plants that derive from those crosses as a base for creating my lines of daylilies. I have approached bringing in species material in two ways - through outcrossing to species types that are fertile with tetraploids, and through using hybrid tetraploid cultivars that are not closely related to the majority of the tetraploid gene pool and that are also close to species types. I have five major directions I have utilized to make this outcrossed base.
Monday, January 10, 2022
Name: Welded Dragon
Seedling Number: WTTSDD39
Bloom Diameter: 7”
Scape Height: 31”
Bud Count: 22
Bloom Season: ML
Color/Description: Bright canary yellow with slightly darker golden band fading to creamy yellow with wide radiant golden yellow throat.
Bloom Habit: Diurnal
Pod Parent: Welding The Titanic
Pollen Parent: Stardust Dragon
Year Bred: 2013
Rust Resistance: A+/3 Years
Fertile: Pollen is always good. Pods are variable, possible with persistence.
Welded Dragon is a gorgeous flower with very reliable performance and a beautiful display in the garden. Rust resistance screened for the last three years of my program, Welded Dragon also shows moderately high thrips resistance and good late freeze tolerance. The plant is attractive and there is regular rebloom in my garden every year, often two rounds of rebloom extending quite far into fall.
Welded Dragon is shorter than I like, but many of you keep telling me that you like the shorter ones, and so I am introducing the best of my shorter seedlings, even though they are not the direction I am working toward (though I have bred from a good number of the shorter ones...). I hope the short ones go out and benefit programs working on shorter plants!
The flower of Welded Dragon starts yellow, sometimes with a slight golden-yellow band and a crinkled to slightly toothy edge. By the end of the day the flower is a light creamy yellow with a rich golden-yellow throat. The shape of the flower is always attractive.
While the pods are very difficult, the pollen is good and I have made a few crosses with Welded Dragon in testing it for fertility and breeding ability and it has produced bigger edges, more toothiness and very interesting shapes in the unusual form direction.
Below you will find multiple pictures of Welded Dragon from 2016 through 2021, first in the seedling bed and then in the line out garden. Click on any image below to see a large image and easily look through all the images in a photo gallery.