My Breeding Program

The Sun Dragon Daylilies Breeding Program

Welcome to a chronicle of my breeding program. 

The link below is to the main page for my tetraploid (polyploid) daylily program.

Click the link immediately below to enter the Main page for my Tetraploid Program.

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A Few Words about my Program...

From the beginning of my program my main interest has been tetraploids (and polyploidy in general). I worked with diploids initially to gain some understanding of how the various genes that interested me were working by viewing large numbers of seedlings in the much-more-simple diploid background. This allowed me to understand how to plan my tetraploid program and gave me the background to pursue the tetraploids with more confidence.

While I am not actively breeding diploids in any significant numbers, I still have many diploid seedlings that I am testing for future introduction, as they came through the years of my rust resistance screening and continue to be screened for thrip resistance, and so represent valuable genetics for diploid breeders. For this reason, I will be continuing to make diploid introductions for several years to come. 

My main breeding focus is now with the polyploid/tetraploid daylilies. I will continue to register some of the best seedlings from my original diploid breeding for a few more years. Be sure to take a look at the new articles linked above for 2022 for a more conversational detailing of the work I have done in the decade since I began my program, at both the diploid and polyploid/tetraploid level, as sen through the lens of my introductions from 2016 through 2022. My program isn't really just one program, but has been several interweaving programs since the start, with each section serving a different purpose.