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A Twelve Step Program for the Novice Hybridizer
I have about 25 years experience growing daylilies; in excess of 15 years as a commercial enterprise. I’ve learned my lesions via the school of making more mistakes than I’d like to admit, and by asking as many people as…More...
Dividing daylilies can be a simple project because ...
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I can't find where it is posted. However you should make sure the person guesting any plant does a few things and does not do a few things. Here it is again. No asking me to write it a 3rd time. I will refuse. LOL
1). If a seedling has not been registered, but the hybridizer has shared the name with you...then you should not mention or take photos of the flower to show off to others. Keep the seedling you are evaluating away from prying eyes.
2) Do not take and share photos of a seedling with friends or family and do not post any photos on a forum unless you have written permission from the hybridizer saying you are allowed to.
3). In most cases the hybridizer will want all fans loaned and all increase back when the guesting period is done. This must be cleared up at the start with both parties agreeing on how to proceed with increase. Some people like myself don't ask for a plant back and do not care about increase.
4). Do not gift, share or sell fans, pollen or seeds of with a single person or organization. You may do so only if you have once again...written permission from the hybridizer.
5). Clear up at the start if you are allowed to breed to or take pollen from any plant you are guesting. Most hybridizers do not want any hybridizing done with a cross guested. Myself...I don't care. Knock yourself out if I guest a plant to someone. However many other hybridizers do care, and will beyond mad if you do breed any plant they guest with you.
6). Do not show the plant to anyone visiting your garden unless the hybridizer doesn't mind you doing so.
7). take notes about the plant and it's flowers so you can assist the hybridizer guesting the plant with you. They will want to know the good and bad of how a seedling did on your property and what you thought of it in general. It's best not to be tongue tied when that moment comes. Show you care and know how it's done and have all the necessary specs and attributes solidly written down on paper.
8). If you are given permission to hybridize to a plant or use it's pollen you must not register or introduce any plant/s that may have come out of your own program--using the guest plants. You may only release your cultivars out of it or show photos for that matter...only when the hybridizer has fully registered and introduced the guest plant.
9). If a guest plant looks horrible and does terribly in your garden you are to only tell the hybridizer. Keep issues such as this completely private. So no emailing your daylily friends or posting in open forums about how horrible a hybridizers plant, that you are taking care of. Warn the hybridizer in a private secure email or by phone, skype, Team Speak etc.
10). Always be totally politically correct in how you deal with a hybridizer and follow their instructions and wishes to the letter of the law they have laid down.
11). Contracts are rare because it can turn into a legal situation fast...so most choose to do a "gentleman's agreement"...meaning he or she that agrees to guest a plant promises they will follow the rules. Never, EVER break your word, or back down on a single agreement you have promised to abide by. This is an honour and it is to be treated as such...so due respect should always be shown to the hybridizer.
12). Try not to ask to guest plants. Let a hybridizer pick you. No hybridizer likes to be put on the spot like that. Most agree to guest only because they find it an uncomfortable situation, and they don't know how to react...so they agree.
The reality of a situation is it is usually the hybridizer that brings the agreement to light. In 99 percent of the time it is the hybridizer that wants the plant guested, not the reverse of the situation. So everyone reading this should understand it is rare, and it is usually brought forwards by the hybridizer of a plant wishing to test their plants. An average Joe cannot, or at least should not just go up to a major hybridizer and ask to guest plants. That person will be on the suspicious list of that hybridizer in an instant. This is a long standing practice that exists usually amongst the closest of friends in breeding, and hybridizing circles.
Most people that guest plants with others are dear friends with these people. Close friends are the only ones you can trust in breeding and hybridizing. This goes for animal breeding too. Most likely the person or persons you deal with in such situations are a member of your immediate hybridizing family. I am part of the Munson family of hybridizers...so most of my sharing and aiding is centered towards the Ted Petit family of hybridizers.
There is a reason for all of this. Theft and crooked actions fill hybridizing and breeding history books. The treachery is vast and nearly endless. Where there are reputations to be made, and there are bragging rights and money to be made...there are also crooked, terrible people. There will always be crooks that mean to profit in any manner they can off of any situation they can weasel their way into.
Always remember this and put your trust only in people you truly know and trust. Ask yourself..."do I fully and completely trust this person"? If you are hesitant in answering that to yourself...then you have your answer. Always trust that gut and always make sure the person guesting your plants knows every point and condition of your agreement--before you agree to any guesting of your plants.
Andrea Gillenwater (Timberohio) replied to the topic 'The Scoop on Weed Conrol' in the forum.I just weed everything and mulch. I do not use any chemicals in my yard. I try to do everything organic. So far I have not come across anything other than vinegar for weeds and I will not use that around my plants.