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He describes himself as a  dinosaur  because he starts his
seeds without prior refrigeration outside in the soil ,
grows all his plants outside, pollinates outside, and doesn't
convert diploids to tetraploids.  His seeds go into the
ground after the first hard freeze in the fall, and they're
planted very close together. The ones that are hardy enough to
sprout the following spring are lined out in raised beds in May
or June, at 4 to 6 inches apart, and left until they bloom.
Dan has 7 rules of hybridizing that have helped to
narrow his focus.  They are
:
1. Don't cross two daylilies by the same breeder
. They're
eckstroth
not really your own creation then. (Example: A Munson
x a Munson = a Munson)
isela M
2. In spider breeding, try not to cross yellow to yellow.
That's because there are already enough good yellow
hoto: GP
spiders. You may end up getting yellows even when you
cross different colors together, but avoid starting with two
Dan  The Dinosaur  Bachman of 
Valley of the Daylilies
 in
yellows. Dan added,  How can you top LOIS BURNES! 
Lebanon, Ohio, demonstrating his  tunnel vision goggles.
3. Do not load first year seedlings with pods
.  Only make
one pod per seedling, to prevent overtaxing the new
they also pass clear colors.  HIGHLAND PINCHED FIN 
plant.  Promising daylilies have been lost that way.
GERS came highly recommended as a tetraploid spider that
4. In spider breeding, the use of old classics is encour 
is unusually fertile.
aged, but never use old with old.  Use old with new.
Good southern plants that he has added to his line include
This advice is not applicable to people breeding the
MARKED BY LYDIA, SO MANY STARS, SHIRLEY
modern rounded forms; but when it comes to spiders,
TEMPLE CURLS, CLEOPATRA, and SKINNY MINNY.
the fact that they were out of fashion for about 20 years
CREEPY CRAWLER was recommended for toothed edges.
means that there is still untapped genetic potential in
Dan emphasized the need to use  tunnel vision  as you
some of the older ones.
work toward your hybridizing goals (and at this point he
5. Mix Northern cultivars and seedlings with Southerners.
added his tunnel vision goggles by duct taping them to the
No South to South.
  Dan was quick to point out that he
has nothing against Southern bred plants and in fact
grows many himself, but it is an important goal for
 I don't normally comment on speakers, but I
hybridizers breeding northern hardy plants to include
need to make an exception this time. Dan Bachman
northern genes in their crosses.
gave a talk,  Narrowing My Focus , about
6. Get into your own seedlings as much as possible.  Work
hybridizing for unusual forms that was outstand 
towards using your material in every cross to create
ing. He goes through the process of how he
your own line.
narrowed his focus in hybridizing UF's with a six
7. Rules are made to be broken   or at least bent!
step program. For those of you looking for a
He added spark to his presentation with a few visual aids.
 NEW  speaker for your meetings, give Dan a
First, he donned a hardhat to illustrate the point that a
call, you will not be disappointed. Oh yes, his
hybridizer is  constructing  the daylilies he wants.  As with
ideas will work no matter what forms you are
the construction of a sound building, the first step is to start
trying to create. 
with a firm foundation.  Those are good parent plants.  His
Lee Pickles in an
own program started with COBURG FRIGHT WIG as its
E mail to AHS Robin on March 10, 2003.
cornerstone.  Some others that he recommended for spider
breeding were:  SPIDER MIRACLE as a diploid that throws
good branching and bud count, LAKE NORMAN SPIDER
hardhat).  But he stressed that this is different from line
because it passes good, clear red and purple colors, and
breeding.  He thinks of it more like a train in a subway
WILSON SPIDER and LAVENDER HANDLEBARS because
tunnel which, from time to time, stops to pick up new
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