SEEDLING PAGE 18
TET CONVERSIONS-SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE LINE
We would like to express our deep gratitude to the inimitable Larry Grace for a small matchbox with 1/2 dozen anthers of the converted SHARIN' THE SECRET. There are currently (2/12/16) some 100 seedlings growing in the greenhouse from that pollen. I wish all converted pollens were that fertile! Combine that with the fact that the diploid babies of STS were repeatedly the focus of our attention and joy throughout the new seedling bloom in 2015. We would frequently comment when we spotted a special one that "It must be a baby of "32" as we refer to STS in the garden. More often than not the seedling did turn out to be a STS baby. That says a lot about what kind of breeder it has turned out to be.
This the first time (2012) that this seedling has been posted to the site. Those who have seen it in the garden have been blown away by it. It is all of 7 inches and sometimes more, rarely less. It is the converted form of an unintroduced diploid. The seedling number is 02-3. All of the diploid form of the plant has been destroyed and will never be made available. The conversion may be introduced in the future depending on what the progeny look like. If they are what I expect, this one will be introduced in the tet form. However, it will be made clear that it is very hard to use. If the effort is deemed to be worth it, there will an intro here. The very first seedlings from tet 02-3 will be blooming later this year in the greenhouse. I will be amazed if they are not commensurate with the extraordinary beauty of the parent.
Being a seven inch flower the large throat is even more impressive. The seedling is a very important link in our quest for very large flowers, flat from the very heart of the throat, with expanded eyes that are so large that they become a dominant feature of the bloom. The flowers that we see going in this direction are among the prettiest daylilies we have seen anywhere in any category. But the best is yet to come.
If you are wondering why the diploid of this flower will not be introduced when we are so excited by the conversion, let me explain. The dip has a flower that intrigued us. But the foliage is a problem on the dip. As soon as the flower starts to bloom the narrow light green leaves turn yellow and blotchy. Knowing that the conversion to tet makes thicker, healthier foliage, we decided to chance it. Sure enough, the conversion took care of the defect. The tet foliage is fine. It more than doubled in width and turned a dark green. Of course, if the problem reoccurs in the tet babies, the conversion will not be introduced. I would not expect that we will see such a reversion. If this one is introduced, I am wondering if it will be the first introduction of a converted tetraploid for which there is not a diploid introduction?
Many of you are familiar with the flower above, IDA MAE NORRIS. At the diploid level IMN has been the finest breeder I have ever used in any category. (See the seedling page dedicated to its progeny. SEEDLING PAGE 17 As a tet conversion we can reasonably expect the same powerful presence. However, we have yet to bloom the first one. Like 02-3, we will see this first later this winter in the greenhouse. The pollen is very hard to use. So the numbers of seedlings is low. But the diploid results give us the persistence to keep trying to make whatever seed we can. I do not expect to be disappointed. If we see something good we will post to this page later this winter.