Use of the word "Seedling"

J.E. Shields
Wed, 14 Sep 2011 15:27:12 PDT
This particular use of the term "seedling" is common practice among those 
of us who have worked with vegetatively propagated named cultivars, 
precisely as Dave and Dennis say.  We hybridized daylilies here for about 
30 years, and every plant grown from a seed was a "seedling" until  someone 
registered a cultivar name for it.  We grew thousands of seedlings over the 
years, and registered names for only about 40 of them.  We discarded or 
sold off all the rest as blooming "seedlings" in the process.

Jim Shields
in Westfield, Indiana

At 03:04 PM 4/14/2011 -0400, you wrote:
>So we all look at it differently?  :D  To me, it denotes that it's not a
>clone of another plant.
>On Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 2:53 PM, Dennis Kramb <> wrote:
> > For me, my experience with "seedlings" comes from hybridizing irises.
> > Anything I've grown from seed, is a seedling... even if it is 15 years old
> > now and a massive clump of rhizomes in my garden.  To other hybridizers (&
> > iris enthusiasts in general) the name "seedling" implies that I haven't
> > named, registered, or introduced this iris yet.
> >
> > Dennis in Cincinnati

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5
P.O. Box 92              WWW:
Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA
Lat. 40° 02.8' N, Long. 086° 06.6' W

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