AHS Region 2/Great Lakes Newsletter
Costs of chemical control:
izers in the area that grow 20,000 to 50,000 seedlings per
None of the aforementioned chemicals are cheap in either
year, Dan is a small scale hybridizer who grows about
cost or labor. Depending on the size of garden or farm,
6,000 seedlings per year. To be successful with a small
each spraying might require upwards of six hours from
number of seedlings per year, Dan has followed these
preparation to cleanup, and about $50 per acre.
The best way to keep rust out of your garden is to visually
Put a lot of thought into your crosses.
inspect plants on arrival, and if asymptomatic, plant and
Focus on a goal.
allow to grow six inches, usually taking less than a month.
Limit the variables work with colors that are close
Then cut the new growth by six inches, which effectively
removes all foliage which came into your garden. Since
Choose parents with good plant habits.
embedded spores can stay `dormant' in foliage for over
three months, this should eradicate any `imported' rust
If one parent has poor qualities, work to overcome
those with the other parent.
If plants do show signs of rust on receipt, SEND THEM
Work with the best on the best to maximize results.
BACK. It's acceptable NOT to spray, even if rust develops,
Work with tetraploid conversions of diploids to bring
if you're not going to share your plants.
new genes into hybridizing program.
Establish a niche for your program.
Avoid using daylilies from the same hybridizer.
Dan moved to Florida several years ago to be a full time
hybridizer. He still works with only a small crop of
seedlings but has learned to limit his work to what he likes
to do: hybridize. He does not like to do certain gardening
chores, such as weeding, landscaping, etc. He also mini
mizes the marketing and sales aspect of his work. Dan
By Phil and Luella Korth from Suamico, Wisconsin.
writes his catalog in one day.
an Trimmer has been called
Dan's love is hybridizing, and he strives toward garden
many things over the years,
impact through color. He believes color gives long term
for example, Mr. Colchicine,
value. Success to him is to have his daylilies being sold 10
Carpetbagger, and The worst
to 20 years from now as $8 per cultivar just because the
daylily grower in Florida. While
flower is great in the garden.
these names have some truth to
He converted Dragon's Eye to a tetraploid, and from 200
them, Dan has been a successful
seeds got 12 introductions. This jump started his red eye
hybridizer while growing a
program, which was his niche, one different from the more
relatively small number of
typical purple eye flowers already available. The best of
the tetraploid Dragon's Eye babies are C
Dan started gardening while doing
police work in Long Island, New
, and C
. The beautiful J
York. Gardening was a stress
Image: Lee Alden
was all Salter breeding, but Dan used a tetraploid
release for Dan. The intense job
conversion of Elizabeth's D
on one side, with
of police work was countered by a transition to the relaxing
the tetraploid line from Jeff Salter on the other side so he
hobby of gardening where Dan started with vegetables,
could get a new line.
then began growing daylilies. George Rasmussen was an
early mentor for Dan. George had a small hybridizing
Other good tetraploid conversions for Dan include C
program with a high percentage of keepers. Dan developed
, which has given him many future introductions.
his own philosophy for hybridizing based on observations
Dan also converted R
from George Rasmussen.
several fine flowers including A
. These flowers have resulted in large
Dan calls himself a backyard hybridizer with a program
and ruffled edges of many colors.
that started in Long Island and then moved to Florida
several years ago. Compared to some of the larger hybrid
A recent conversion of the pink diploid G
Spring/Summer 2003 Page
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