If it were way more affordable than $6000 to buy the naming rights of a
new cultivar, I'd love to name a daylily "Monkey Dunky." The tragedy would
be if like most cultivars it just vanished from production anywhere in the
world shortly after being named & registered, & my precious Monkey Dunky
would never be seen again.
-paghat the ratgirl
"Of what are you afraid, my child?" inquired the kindly teacher.
"Oh, sir! The flowers, they are wild," replied the timid creature.
thought you were joking but
if someone did same in my front yard, i wouldn't dig it up unless i suspected a
disease/pest introuction, but daylillies dry out
quickly unless one is willing to give them lawn (tall fescue) level of
<< These are some remarkable beauties and many will be sold out within the next
48 hours and the $200 prices do not deter the diehard daylily fanatics. >>
$200 for a daylily? Vey is mir. What are they made of?
Central NY, Zone 5a, Sunset Zone 40
"If we see light at the end of the tunnel, It's the light of the oncoming
Robert Lowell (1917-1977)
You're paying too much - according to Eureka ( a daylily price guide)
Hyperion goes for $5 a double fan.
On 7/21/04 9:19 AM, in article m3uLc.494$ email@example.com, "Doug Kanter"
You have GOT to be kidding. If you are paying $15 for Hyperion you are
paying about 3 times what the value is among daylily growers. And you will
be getting a tissue cultured plant from your garden center that may or may
not perform up to what a plant division is of Hyperion that made it popular
many years ago.
In some plants the tissue culture performs well. However it has been proven
by daylily growers that there is a percentage of so called clones, tissue
cultured plant, that have problems with the plant performance. I have
bought a cloned daylily from say, Wal Mart that did not even bloom. But
others have bought the same named variety from Wal Mart that is performing
well. Sometimes the depth of color saturation is not the same as the
original by plant division. Sometimes the flower form just is not as
perfect, ruffled, large bloom, good performance upon opening in the AM etc,
as the division plant. I suppose the cause has to do with the process.
Perhaps an imperfect process in the lab can mutate cloned piece. I don't
know if anyone has even said definitively what causes the problem. Daylily
growers only know it happens when the plant is grown. Also for the serious
daylily grower, [as opposed to a gardener that wants to enjoy a plant at a
reasonable price] some tissue cultured plants have been sold in the upper
markets as true divisions at the true division price. You can see how that
can cause a problem in the daylily market where prices are originally very
Any new cultivar of any new plant variety is pricy. New hybrids of
daylilies are no exception. The serious hybridizer, seller, grower will buy
a cutting edge daylily for its genes that produce a new color, new eye
pattern, maximum bud counts and branching. They want to use in their own
crosses or increase it to sell while the price is still high.
Also there are always the elite gardeners that want the first of any
cultivar. Have you checked the price of a new, non tissue cultured Hosta,
or a new non tissue cultured Iris? Or even any new non tissue cultured
perennial? Oh heck, have you checked the licensing price the garden center
must pay to be able to grow and sell The Wave petunia? Those $200 daylilies
are priced that way because there are only a hand full of that particular
cultivar in the whole world. Not making excuses for the prissiness, but
explaining why there is a market for those high priced lovelies.
just proovs I'd never make it rubbing elbows with the rich gardeners
I'm just too satisfied with the old tried and true although I have a
very pretty canna that I got from a friend and it is doing quite well
and I get a lot of ooo's and ahhh's from the neighbors
but I think that it's just not worth it to pay through the nose for a
fancy flower like that unless you are a nursery who plans to grow and
sell it it's like paying two hundred and fifty dollars for some sort
of new sneaker or six thousand dollars for a suit just to wear once I
guess if you have nothing better to do with your money go ahead go
Daylily growers and hybridizers are not rich folks. Some are scientists in
horticulture. Some are plenty wealthy though from a life time of work in
other unrelated career fields. I sell plenty of tried and true older
daylilies for $6. They are much less expensive from me, a daylily
counasour, than from the garden centers who pay less for a daylily tissue
culture than I pay for a true division, but the garden centers over charge
for the variety. I can sell you a very nice newer developed daylily for
$15. The very expensive ones are for collectors and breeders and those who
want the "rolls royce" of NEW daylily introductions. Given a little time
the $200 daylily will be $6. It is supply and demand. When they are so
plentiful I chop them up. They are of little value unless someone rescues
On 7/22/04 8:03 AM, in article firstname.lastname@example.org, "Wil"
I sell daylilies from my garden to word of mouth customers (friends of
friends, typically) - very few things for more than $10 for a triple fan for
a newer intro.
I refuse to buy anything that is a first year intro that is more than $50;
sometimes even I just HAVE TO have it.
Oh don't i know that "have to have" feeling. In my breeding program I buy
ones I once thought were so out of reach for me. The turn over the first
few years of the expensive ones are to other growers/hybridizers looking for
a bargain price for a new daylily. The hybridizer keeps his price higher
than I do for many years after I am trying to sell the increase that is too
much for my garden space. :-)
I am about to intro a few new varieties. I am wrestling with what to charge
for a single fan of the new cultivars. I agree many of the new things are
way over priced, mostly by the top hybridizers located in Florida, Texas and
the Carolinas. I am way up north where many of the new southern intros just
are not hardy for me the first year or so. They may survive but perform
here like a wal mart tissue culture [laughing].
There is a mindset among the buyers of new intros that if one charges too
little for the new daylily it must be third rate. Far from it. I would
love to get plugged into the backyard hybridizers whose work is under rated
because they are new to daylily breeding. A few well known hybridizers get
all the attention, but many are producing lousy cultivars for northern
growers. Don't get me wrong, they sure have a pretty face but there are
problems with hardiness, flower opening, color saturation or foliage that
gets raggy mid season. In early summer we still may have 60 degree nights.
That can make a beauty look ugly real fast.
On 7/22/04 8:55 AM, in article email@example.com, "Wil"
I have a few times - once for support a buddy who was just starting to
release to the public and it is still doing great things for me. And another
was only $35 and had "personality".
Do you need a test site? :)
Do post your website or send me some pictures!
One of the formerly local hybridizers from my local club would go down to
Florida and buy the unregistered siblings (same cross) of the keepers and so
called bridge plants (used to hopefully pass on certain qualities).
BTW - where are you!
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