Clay Higgins, North Carolina

seedling Color Codes

March 29, 2018

Categories: American Daffodil Society, Breeding, Daffodil Enthusiasts, General, Hybridizer, Hybridizing

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It did my heart good to see that Ice Follies 2W-W has off-spring that has Y and O in the color code.  I was laughed at  in the GCV show in Richmond yesterday for having an Ice Follies seedling in the winning Orange/Red collection of five.  The color code was 2Y-O.  I went to Daffseek and there is a registered Ice Follies descendant with that same color code.  I tried to explain to the persons that you collect seed – you don’t know if the bee beat you to the flower or not – you plant the seed and you watch them grow and bloom.  You cannot guarantee that all the new plants will look like their parents.

The other side of the coin is that I had a Hillstar cross that came out Y-R.  I showed it a couple years, and show it to Mitch Carney at the Gloucester show.  No one would believe it a Hillstar cross, except it looked like a Hillstar 7Y-R it’s parents.  I’ve even had a Saint Keverne cross that was 2W-W that looked like it’s parents but a different color.  It won the Rose in Richmond. Unfortunately both of these died out, which is also something that happens in hybridizing.

People that don’t hybridize should try it and see the variations you can get from just one seed pod.


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2 Responses to seedling Color Codes

  1. David Adams, New Zealand
    March 29, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Recessive genes Clay.

    Parent of Ice Follies is John Evely W-O hence the red cup

    Great Great Grandparent is Mozart Y-YRR hence the yellow perianth

    Great Great Great Grandparents are King Alfred Y-Y and Princess Mary W-O Hence many possibilities covered.

    When my Grand daughter was born she had many characteristics of a Maori baby. I asked my daughter what she had been up to. It turns out that her other fair skinned, ginger, freckled Grandmother was eighth generation Ngai Tahu. It took that long for the genes to show up. No different for Narcissus.

  2. Clay Higgins, North Carolina
    Clay Higgins, North Carolina
    March 29, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Thanks Dave. It seems that a lot of people showing daffodils don’t understand just what you explained. However, … Well forget that. It happened and I h…. feeling. I’m glad that I looked on Daffseek.

    By the way, I have native American blood in me from my mother. Half my brothers and sisters, yes a large family of 11, are blondes and red-heads with green/blue eyes, and five of us are darker skinned and brown eyes.

    Daffodils are the same, you never know what you will get when you open that box of chocolates.