I planted a new daylily garden this spring using bareroot daylilies for the first time. I just planted Bubbly last week and today it has developed 4 scapes. I was told that I most likely wouldn't get blooms until next year after the plants establish themselves. Do you think these 4 scapes will actually bloom so quickly after planting, or will they most likely be "duds"?
Yes, they'll bloom. I've got some scapes on a few newly planted daylilies too. You got lucky, some plants won't bloom the first year but many do. Some people cut them off so the plant will concentrate on putting down roots instead of blooming. But I've never been able to do that and my plants have done fine.
I don't think I can bring myself to cut the scapes either. I'm really looking forward to seeing the blooms. It seems that the other plants I planted the week or two before are definetly putting down roots as new leaf growth is already happening.
I ordered about 30 different plants (in 2 separate orders) from Robin Cauldron of Early Bird Daylilies. All of her plants were huge, healthy and in great shape. The picture of Bubbly is actually one of the smaller ones since it's more of a minature daylily. I will definitely order from her again at my first choice (if I decide to squeeze more plants in).
I have had many plants come with the scapes cut and it does not bother me. It is hard to ship daylilies with scapes. However, it is nice to get them with scapes or plant them and then have them bloom the first year. I consider that a bonus.
As a good compromise, some people let the scape bloom one or two flowers and then cut it off. That lets them enjoy their new purchase and (hopefully) find out that they have the correct plant. If you do decide to cut them off, sometimes you can still get blooms out of the cut scape if you put it in water. That depends on how developed the buds were on the scape when it was cut (or broken which is how I know that can work.)
Robin sends great plants, I have ordered from her in the past.
If it is a spring planting, I don't usually cut the scapes off unless it looks like it is struggling. Believe it or not I have some pretty puny plants try to put up scapes.
If it is a fall planting, I cut them off as soon as I find them, so the plant will put it's energy into a stronger root system before winter.
You cannot 'judge' a plant by it's first year blooms, the size, height, color, ect can be very different from what you will get after the plant matures.