Angelo Brunetti e-mailed me an image of a seedling that he hybridized. The cross is (CRITICAL MASS x BASS GIBSON). If you didn’t read the post on BASS GIBSON, you may want to do so. CRITICAL MASS (Whatley) is (Mexican Art x Bear Claws). BEAR CLAWS has STARTLE in it. STARTLE goes back to Brother Charles’s “MY SUNSHINE”. MEXICAN ART is (Sligo x Mexican Sunrise) SLIGO is out of Tet Christmas Is and MEXICAN SUNRISE has YUMA and SLIGO in it. Don’t forget YUMA is in FORESTLAKE RAGAMUFFIN. All of this combined should still make CRITICAL MASS an important teeth breeder in reds(two doses of Tet Christmas Is). One thing to consider when using CRITICAL MASS is scape height. Most of the direct crosses in the daylily are under 28”. The average scape height is close 26 inches. So if you want more scape height , look for a taller outcross.
A final thought on CRITICAL MASS is the daylily is loaded with dormants in the background and C.M. is a solid dormant itself. Zone 8 and higher may not get enough cold for this daylily to perform fully but I’d still use it to add dormancy to your line.
An observation about Angelo’s seedling is that the form went backwards. CRITICAL MASS is round red and BASS GIBSON is triangular. What happened? The open form genetics kicked in. I wonder if the sibs were open form also. Anyways, the UF teeth breeders are going to find his daylily very desirable. Another bonus is there are teeth on the sepals. I always like this added feature. If I had Angelo’s seedling, I’d still cross it into John Benz’s “HORNS” for size and radical teeth and also take it into a round red with an edge like John Benz’s SPARTAN WARRIOR(Startle x Rose Destiny)
Thanks Angelo for sharing your seedling on the Daylily Teeth Blog…I’ll catch up with everyone Monday morn… we have a hybridizers meeting this weekend….
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