April 11, 2020

Our daylilies are up and growing well. The 10,000 seeds we planted this winter are starting to geminate.

The daylily plants are ready to ship. We are waiting for Priority Mail boxes to arrive from the USPS which is apparently suffering from labor and financial stresses. As soon as we receive the boxes we will start shipping and notifying customers that the plants are in the mail.  

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A few years ago we decided to focus on breeding diploid daylilies instead of the tetraploids we had concentrated on since 1991. We started by breeding with our original diploid introductions believing that these cultivars embodied many of the traits we admired such as hardiness, vigor, strong scapes, and flowers with clear colors —especially in the purple range. We have acquired hundreds of diploid cultivars, both new and old to evaluate and breed with.

 

Our first small crop of new diploid seedlings bloomed in 2015. Since then, we have been pleased by many of the seedlings which include a good number of seedling x seedling crosses. We will see some third generation seedlings bloom in 2019. Because we are doing all our breeding and growing outside in the ground, it takes us at least 2 years to see seedlings bloom. Most seedlings take 3 years to show what they are really capable of.

 

Meanwhile, if there are any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us by mail, phone or email.

Annette and John Rice

 

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We have many mid-late and late blooming daylilies as well as rebloomers.

Thousands of our new diploid seedlings and all our named cultivars will be in bloom from mid-June through July and into August. We will be open by appointment only. We hope that conditions will allow people to come and see the beauty!

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View from a knothole in the hayloft of our barn

 

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