Overview Of Breeding Program

Sun Dragon Daylilies Breeding Program

The Daylily Breeding Program of Brian Reeder

Welcome to the entry page for my breeding program. This page will give you access to information resources that chronicle both my diploid and tetraploid (polyploid) breeding work. While I have grown daylilies since the mid-1970s, my breeding program became a serious idea in 2008 and breeding efforts began in 2011. These pages will be a combination of my Monday Night Lights presentations from Facebook with additional photos and information, and will be updated each year to keep abreast of my breeding program and introductions.

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The links below are to the main pages for each section of this chronicle.

From the beginning of my program my main interest has been tetraploids (and polyploidy in general). I worked with diploids initially to gain 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 and success.

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 and important genetics for diploid breeders. For this reason, I will be continuing to make diploid introduction for several years to come. 

My main breeding focus in now within the tetraploid daylilies. I believe that the tetraploids have a great potential as plants that has never been realized because the focus since the advent of the tetraploids has been, except in a few rare cases, almost exclusively placed in the flower traits. For this reason, there are many problems in the tetraploids that need to be addressed, and my program is devised to address these issues, in short to "iron-out" the issues that persist from the conversion process that have never been actively selected for or against (as need be) to make a more natural, hardy, healthy and fertile tetraploid lineage. My first tetraploid introductions were in 2019, and there will be many more to come. Please check back often for updates, which will be noted above by the main links above and within those main pages for the specific section that has been updated.