Increasing fan production

south central, WI(Zone 5a)

Our local daylily groups' AHS members get an "adoption " plant to grow for a couple of years..you then keep 2 fans and give the rest back to be auctioned.
I have had Bridey Greeson for almost 2 years..no increase. It was transplanted at new place as soon as it could be...in amended soil (ie: compost amidst the Clay). I would like to give it a boost, so would have more fans. I do have Messenger and could give it a weak solution watering. It has been watered during our drought.
Could use any advice...she is also "cheap" with pollen production.
Today my # came up (midway in drawings) and I got "Possible Side Effects"......the lady next to me had first drawn #...got "Water Drops"..she let a couple of us pat the fans!!!!:)

(Michele) Cantonment, FL(Zone 8b)

Some daylilies just don't increase very well. Those you really can't give a quick boost to get them to grow. Giving it something extra I'm sure it will love, but I doubt it will get it to increase any time soon.

The ones here get lots and lots of fertilizer, alfalfa, chicken litter, etc etc and some just do not increase at all no matter what you do to them.

I hope someone who grows BG will chime in and say how it performs for them.

Gainesville, FL(Zone 9a)

Some daylilies just dont want to increase. I do put milorganite on all of mine, just for that purpose tho. Since they are 'grassy', they respond beautifully to the nitrogen. Its just about milorganite time as well.

Melvindale, MI(Zone 5a)

I use milorganite too Pam. Do you usually put it on in the spring and then again in the fall??

Gainesville, FL(Zone 9a)

Yes, I put it on sometime between the first of august and labor day, its so hot right now Im going to wait a week or two to wake them up and get them working. I put in on again between feb1st and March 1st. I will also put some osmacote on around the end of september. I pretty well feel this is when its getting its flowers ready for the spring.

Melvindale, MI(Zone 5a)

Thanks. I guess I will wait till maybe late August or early September.

south central, WI(Zone 5a)

Thanks..will also wait..back in the 90s again.

Cartersville, GA

Marcia, we have some daylilies that just will not increase or are very slow to. They get the same treatment that faster increasing daylilies get. The ones we want to increase the most seem to be some of the slowest to increase. We have had Bridey Greeson for several years now and really love the blooms. It has been a good increaser for us. We have had only a few pods to set. It is pollen fertile.

Pam, thanks for the reminder to put out Milorganite again. I have been busy making new beds and planting and had forgotten that it is time for a second application.

Gainesville, FL(Zone 9a)

I think Im going to go ahead and put it on. Going to be at HD today and will pick it up. Next time it looks like we are going to get a good shower, out it goes. Some of mine look so bad Im worried about them making it thru august. Im pretty sure the roots are happy tho.
Put some spray and grow on this morning when it was still coolish and shady out.

Hazel Crest, IL(Zone 5a)

Pam, do you have any success with "spray and grow"?

Gainesville, FL(Zone 9a)

I have great luck with spray and grow and lots of things. Since daylilies dont bloom like a geranium, impatient, petunia, rose, that sort of thing that just stays in bloom all the time, Im not 100% how it really works on the daylilies. I believe it helps, especially getting them thru the hot summer. Since its just vitamins and minerals it doesnt stress them in the heat. It works fantastic on continually blooming things/perennials/annuals, that sort of thing. Im doing a test right now on seedlings. Some with...some without.

Melvindale, MI(Zone 5a)

I have some and never use it, guess I should use it then.

Gainesville, FL(Zone 9a)

It only stays good for a few hours after mixing up, that is its downfall. I like to make up gallon sprays of stuff so when I see a weed, or detect aphids, whatever, the spray is ready to go. Otherwise....well when its hot, the bugs might win. Cant do that with spray and grow, but for me, its worth it.

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