Hybridizing

Discussion by daffodil hybridzers around the world, about daffodil fertility and breeding programs accompanied with many photos of seedlings.

Chinese Sacred Lily highly fertile offspring

February 16, 2019
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I produced the first ever batch of Single Chinese Sacred Lily seeds about 10 years ago using pollen from various true tazettas. Many excellent big vigorous polyploid plants resulted, including…

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Fred Silcock Has Died

February 12, 2019
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Fred Silcock, one of the world’s finest daffodil hybridizers, left this earth on February 7, 2019 after a short illness. Fred’s magnificent seedlings were not widely known because he avoided…

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Optimum temperature for pollination

February 12, 2019
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Dear All, Having never had any success with early pollination, last year my crosses were all blown away by the Beast from the East! So this year I have two…

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First Flowers Downunder

This year most of the tazettas were planted early, shaded, and watered. In spite of high temperatures one seedling 14_05T has flowered earlier than any daffodil has flowered here. It…

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Some little seedlings in flower just now

4529 maria x n. cyc. 4367 n. cyc. x n. calcicol 4277 n. ast. n. scaberulus 4365 n. ast. x n. scaberulus

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N. hedraeanthus luteolentus x Fairy Chimes (tetraploid) and N. hedraeanthus luteolentus x (Ballygowan x N. viridiflorus)

February 4, 2019
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    These seedlings are flowering after three years for the first one and after five years for the second group. One seedling of the second group has a pollen fertility…

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