Keith Kridler, Texas

More poet stumps

April 21, 2009

Categories: Daffodil Types, Hybridizing, Seedling, Standards

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OK there were probably a thousand or more different poets/open pollinated crosses between the poets there at the Shaw Nature Preserve when Jason Delaney took some of us out there after the ADS convention in St. Louis.
One of the really big problems I saw out there is that a single clump of poets fairly secluded from the rest would have been pollinated by insects or moths or what ever. And there were UPWARDS of 8 MORE clumps of poets in bloom around some of the seed parent clumps that were OBVIOUSLY different from the first clump.
THEN there were MORE clumps around the seedling clumps that were slightly different from THEIR seed parent or seed grand parent clump. THEN you could literally see dozens if not hundreds of tiny seedlings coming up in and around all of these clumps….. As I recall the original named poets were moved out there in the 1920’s so there is the possibility of maybe 5 different generations of wild or open pollinated crosses. Pretty hard sometimes to find the stumps in forest:-)) Keith Kridler Mt. Pleasant, Texas

One response to “More poet stumps”

  1. J Drew Mc Farland says:

    Very true, albeit here, there was only one other daffodil nearby, in several clumps, which had stayed true to form.  Certainly though, it may have crossed with something in the distant past which is gone now.  What I found unusual was its taking on that star shape, which doesn’t seem to meet with what anyone who has seen it has experienced before.
    No matter the source, I kind of like it and am going to try to seek permission to obtain a couple for further study.

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