Earlier this year, an editor asked me to help recommend only one registered daylily for someone interested in dabbing pollen for the first time. My expertise here isn't because I've dabbed a ton of pollen, its because I've seen a ton of daylilies and study their simple intricacies.
I told her I would first ask this new hybridizer: What daylily dreams are they trying to fulfill with their own line of seedlings? What form or color sings to them?
Seedlings from something practically unknown (nationally) will help get your program an edge. After all, how many people can use the beautiful H. ‘Lavender Blue Baby’ or H. ‘Skinwalker’ or H. 'Rose F Kennedy' or H. ‘Northwind Dancer?’
A new daylily hybridizer should study what’s out there and find the hole.
And then ask themselves, what can I do to fill it?