Thursday, April 17, 2014

The beauty of tets - diversity of offspring

Ever wonder how 2 purple daylilies can produce a yellow one, or two purple ones a rose one? When breeding with tets, you never know for sure what you'll get because there are so many possibilities in the genes - and that's the fun of what we do. Better scientists than I can explain the details, but I can show the results in pictures. The following is an illustration of how some genes can show up in subsequent generations. Seedling 11913 (1st picture) is out of 0412 (2nd picture) and 2112 (3rd picture). 2112 includes Shadow of His Hand, Secret of Contentment, Faith that Moves Mountains, All Things to All Men, and bluish seedling 17305. You can sure see all of those working together to get that flower. 0412 includes a Gnashing of Teeth sdlg, Faith that Moves Mountains, Not Guilty, Chariot of Clouds, Skin of My Teeth, and a few other assorted things. In 0412, Faith that Moves Mountains is creating the dominant color, but the lighter pinkish lavender eyezone is coming from Not Guilty (4th picture). Getting the rose colored seedling 11913 out of these 2 purple parents wasn't what I was aiming for when I made the cross (although I love it), but I should have expected it since Not Guilty represents about 15% of the genes in the cross (1/32nd as one of the great great great grandparents and 1/8th as one of the great grandparents).

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