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Hybridizers and Growers of Fine Daylilies

Dedicated to the Greater Glory of Hemerocallis!

A view of a small part of our growing fields.

     Welcome to Richmond Daylilies.    John Paine and Don Bright have been growing and hybridizing daylilies near Richmond, Virginia for more than two decades, as a part time hobby while we both were otherwise gainfully employed.  Over time, to accommodate our overproduction of daylily seed, what was impenetrable forest - such as can be seen in the background - was converted into growing ground, currently amounting to about five acres.  Now that we are both retired, we can give the selling of daylilies the full attention it deserves.  Our goal is to provide garden worthy hardy daylilies that perform well in cooler-winter climates.  We have combined stylish but tender southern evergreens with hardy northern dormants, to capture southern style in hardy offspring.  Our dayliies must survive multiple winters in unprotected pots in Zone 7 to make it into our growing fields!

    We currently offer only daylilies that we have hybridized ourselves.  These are new to commerce.  Some may resemble other daylilies from the past, but will differ in the genetic details, hardiness, substance, performance, bloom time, and in many other subtle details.  We have been enjoying the beauty of our creations for many years, as we have been increasing their number for sale. Now, we can finally offer them to provide beauty for others,  to the hobby gardener, and to provide breeding stock for fellow hybridizers.  Daylily breeding is like research science and like life: a relay race.  One receives the torch, runs with it a distance, and then passes it on to others.

ORDERING DAYLILIES To view pictures and descriptions of what were our 2011 daylily introductions, click on the "Diploid Introductions" or "Tetraploid Introductions" tabs on the left. However, all prices noted there are no longer current. The new lower prices can be seen included with the remaining cultivars, in the color sorted tabs.  Our more recent registrations, now on offer starting in 2012, are sorted by color class, and can be accessed using the appropriate color tab on the left.  For 2012, we will be able to ship daylilies starting in March.  These daylilies are being offered in commerce for the first time.  We will be shipping daylilies to US destinations only, starting about Marchl 15, 2012, and continuing to about June 1, 2012, when our bloom season will again be upon us, consuming our full attention.  We do not dig daylilies during maximal summer heat, but will start lining out daylilies again in mid-August, when we can resume shipments until early October.  We expect most of the demand, especially from northern growers, will be for Spring Shipment.  We regret that we cannot accommodate orders from overseas.  Foreign buyers who are able to accept delivery within the United States are welcome, however.

HOW TO ORDER.  Now that all of our registrations are being made available, there are too many to offer either on a compact order form, or as collections.  Prices are NET for up to five plants. For 6 to 10 plants, we offer a 10% discount. For 11 or more cultivars, we offer a 20% discount.  Minimum order, $50, exclusive of shipping costs.  We shall try to provide 2 fans of most registrations, except as noted in the descriptions of the individual cultivars. The fans might not necessarily be conjoined.  Since not all of our cultivars have been recently divided, some fans sent could have been recently cut.

Ordering from us is easy.  Orders should be sent as an e-mail to sales@richmonddaylilies.com or to jbp3@comcast.net, and payment, by personal check or money order, should be sent to Richmond Daylilies, P.O. Box 243, Midlothian Virginia 23113-0243, payable to "Richmond Daylilies".  We currently do not have any provision for accepting credit cards directly.  Alternatively, one can telephone us at (804)-379-1873 to discuss your needs.  We can e-mail confirmations of such telephone orders, to ensure that all information is correct.  We even can do business by snail-mail, although since we have no printed catalogs, we are only likely to be noticed by the computerized, whose propensity for snail-mail will be sub-minimal.

Assume that the shipping chages will be on the order of $10.00 for orders of up to six plants.  Our default shipping option will be 2nd Day Delivery or Priority Mail Flat Rate Box.  Please include the 5% Sales tax if you happen to be a fellow Virginian.

Please note in any e-mail correspondence with us, that any file attachments sent intending to be in WORD, should come with the .doc extension, instead of .docx, since we are using the 2003 version of Microsoft WORD, operating under Windows XP.  Our computer cannot handle the .docx extension.

For those who like the personal touch, feel free to telephone, preferably after dark, to 1-804-379-1873, and we will create the order form wile we hold a leisurely conversation, payment to proceed by separate cover.

We do not currently offer a shopping cart option, or payment by credit card.  We may reconsider this policy as the season progresses, if there is popular demand, in which case we might set up a Paypal account..

ABOUT DAYLILIES.  Daylilies (genus Hemerocallis) get their name from the fact that each bloom is only open for one day.  In a garden, this means that each day, perfect new blooms are out, undamaged by previous weather - unlike "longer-lasting" blooms on other species.  Modern daylilies are complex hybrids of numerous species, and display differences in foliar behavior over winter.  "Dormant" foliage dies with the autumn frosts, and the plants hibernate until early spring. Such plants often survive frozen ground, and do not waste their substance during the winter trying to grow in the cold.  By contrast, "Evergreens" try to grow all winter long, with varying degrees of success, depending on the severity and oscillation of the cold.  Freeze thaw cycles cause them to deplete much of their root substance over winter, and they are at further risk from decay spreading from the cold-damaged foliage to the roots.  Evergreens vary considerably in hardiness, and are at increasing risk of under-performance in the colder climates.  Such evergreens as we offer have thrived in Zone 7 (with winter lows seldom going below 15 degrees Fahrenheit).  "Semi-evergreens" are intermediary in behavior, and generally hardier than full evergreens.  Since there is a continuum in dormancy properties, it is difficult to draw the line precisely dividing semi-evergreens from either evergreens or domarnts.  When we evaluated our growing fields for dormancy recently, we were amazed as to how many evergreens and semi-evergreens we had, given that they had to survive multiple winters in unprotected pots above ground.  Such would make hardy breeding stock for hybridizers located further south.

PLOIDY (Chromosome count)    We have always appreciated the merits of both diploid and tetraploid daylilies, and have been hybridizing in both ploidies since the beginning of our efforts.  Howkever, given that many daylily enthusiasts have strong preferences either for diploids or for tetraploids, we have organized our offerings by ploidy, with a separate tab to each, wherein the offerings are listed in alphabetical order, with one or more appended images.  We also offer collections at discounted prices, organized by ploidy.  For those who are new to daylilies, tetraploids have twice  the number of chromosomes as diploids, and produce plants that are generally larger in most attributes, from cell-size on up.  Successful crosses generally require identical ploidy for each parent.  Tetraploid crosses are usually more difficult to achieve than diploid crosses, and pods average significantly fewer seeds.

ROUGH EDGES.     Thank you for visiting our new Internet site. We apologize for any rough edges.  We shall be continuously improving this site at time progresses.  Indeed any comments from viewers as to how we could improve the site would always be welcomed. Such comments can be addressed to jbp3@richmonddaylilies.com .

TELEPHONING US.  We daylily enthusiasts delight in chatting with fellow afficionados.  However, we can be expected to be out in the fields during daylight hours, far from any land lines or computers, that would allow us to take or process orders.  So nighttime (or early mornings between 6 and 8 AM, Eastern Timezone) are when we will be reachable on our  804-379-1873 land line number.  This hybridizer has a cell phone, but uses it exclusively for out-going calls.

E-MAILING US:  To place orders, or inquire about availability of cultivars, e-mail should preferably go to our mailbox address: sales@richmonddaylilies.comIf you also carbon-copy jbp3@comcast.net your e-mail will received even faster attention.
All other matters should preferably be sent to: jbp3@richmonddaylilies.com.   Sending to the non-preferred address will not be a complete disaster, but might delay the attention that your communication deserves!

      We do not currently have fax capability.   We are looking forward to hearing from you, by e-mail or by telephone or by snail-mail..

     For those of you who have first heard about us through advertisements in the Daylily Journal, or have noticed in the AHS databse, daylilies being registered by John Paine, feel free to contact us by e-mail or phone for further details of interest.

OUR LOCATION.   In brief, you should know the following about us: our partnership was formally established as Richmond Daylilies in  2011, after we had been growing and hybridizing daylilies together as a part-time hobby since 1993.  We are located in Chesterfield County, Virginia, in the town of Midlothian, a fast-growing suburb immediately adjacent to Richmond Virginia. Horticulturally, we are considered to be in Zone 7.

    Our growing fields are located on Lucks Lane, a major east-west artery just north of and parallel to Powhite Parkway.  Lucks Lane extends from Courthouse Road on the east end, to Charter Colony Parkway, several miles to the west.  We are located within a few blocks of Courthouse Road on the east end, on the west-bound half of Lucks Lane which is a divided two-lane carriageway whose 45 mph speed limit is more honored in the breach than in the observance.  We are an agriculturally zoned oasis surrounded by subdivisions.  Unfortunately, our frontage onto Lucks Lane is on the inside of a blind curve with speeding traffic, making safe access difficult for any volume of walk-in trade.  This compels us to offer our daylilies primarily by mail order.   Visits are welcome, but please call in advance for an appointment.