I'm new enough to this process and wondered how you counted branching on a scape.
When I look at this scape I see 5 branches....does a branch constitute more than one flower on the end?
Most hybridizers will not count a branch officially unless it has more than one bud. If you lowest branch had more than one flower, I would say it was 5-way branching. Keep in mind though that tight top branching is not a good trait because multiple flowers will not be able to open well.
That makes total sense, especially when we are trying for large flowers.
So, when the breeder states good branching is it more likely the spacing or amount of branches they are talking about?
Flora -I think "good branching" indicates a daylily with several side branches that are well spaced on the scape. I have a seedling that I am evaluating that is mainly top branched with a high number of buds. The first year I didn't see any problems. But this year when two to three flowers were opening at a time, not all of them had the space to fully open properly. So I now look at that seedling as a bridge plant rather than an intro, even though everyone who sees the bloom raves about it.
When a breeder states "good branching," my impression is that they are trying to sell you a plant.