When it comes time to put your daylily seedlings in the ground, you’re going to need to keep track of them. Generally, you will probably want to rely on more than one kind of label, as well as good record keeping so that if labels are lost or faded you can still figure out what is what.
The small white pots that we grow our daylily seedlings in have the seedling code written on them with a sharpie. In this example, I’m using a specimen of grex #21-106, which can be found on the 2021 Seedling List Lookup page. 21-106 happens to be (Patterns In Time X Blue Wrangler).
When unpotting, it is really easy to cut this small pot apart and use it as an initial marking tag. You can usually get two or three tags out of one pot, which is good for having duplicates, particularly since sharpie markers tend to fade in the sun, but seem to last a long time when the label is buried.
Here are step-by-step instructions for making quick plant tags out of our pots.
This seedling is already starting to send up its first bloom, so I’m going to pot it larger and help it grow as much as possible to enjoy a quick glimpse at what this new hybrid might look like.It’s really easy to remove the seedling, and your left with the empty pot.Some quick work with the scissors and you have the seedling number on a ready-made label.if you want, a couple more diagonal cuts and you have a nice pointed tip on your new label.Meanwhile, the seedling is going into a larger pot for the time being.And just like that handy label!There’s easily enough blank material to make a couple more labels out of a pot.Two more ready to go in and help me keep track of the seedling.What are the odds that all three labels would become faded or lost?
And there you have it! This isn’t the only way I will mark and track my seedlings, but I found that redundancy is essential when trying to track plants in the garden!
Our goal is to spread an appreciation of the fantastic world of Daylilies (Hemerocallis) with gardeners throughout northern Minnesota. Here in Duluth, it’s rare to see something other than the classic “orange” daylily, or the omnipresent “Stella”. When folks visit our annual plant and garage sale, the daylilies historically have been overlooked, even met with disdain, and that’s because most of the time we basically just had the “classic orange daylily”.
But there are currently 97,196 daylily cultivars (varieties) in the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database, and you might only see TWO of them around town? In 2021 we dedicated new land to particular cultivars, particularly since we ran out of shade for more Hostas! During the winter of 2021/2022, we grew our first hybrid daylilies from seed.
Starting this summer of 2022, we are bringing something new to the Twin Ports region. Our annual multi-family plant and garage sale held in our Woodland, Duluth neighborhood is already increasingly known for our extensive offerings of Hostas and many other perennials, and has become synonymous with the Duluth Hosta Co. and our winter seed offerings. The 2022 sales will now also offer hundreds of daylilies obtained from fellow hobbyists. We’ve stived to obtain varieties that are different than what you’re used to seeing, and should thrive in our northern climate.
We will also be offering hundreds of our own, unique one-of-a-kind hybrids from seeds obtained via hybridizers around the country. You can purchase an unbloomed seedling and, after a year or two, be reworded with the first bloom on a flower that no one else on the planet has! If you came here because you have a “seedling number”, something that looks like 21-112, you can use our online seedling database to find the parentage of the seedling. While some daylily kids may look like their parents or a pretty straightforward blend in between, daylily genetics are all over the map, which means there are many surprises (and admittedly the possibility of disappointment) with a seed-grown hybrid! Perhaps the seedling you buy today will one day be worthy of a name and registration with the American Hemerocallis Society?
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