We have had daylilies for three summers now and so far, about three blooms. How long does it take for these plants to bloom? All the plants that lived are hardy and happy, just no blooms. We have eight different, all hems. We have roses blooming in the same area, also, Tulups, oriental lilies, lilacs and many other plants, the PH is near 7.0
Check and make sure they have full sun and that they are not planted too deep. Only a daylilies roots should be planted. Where the plant meets the roots is called the crown and that should be above ground or they are not happy.
Cindy, my daylily crowns are always below the soil, but not by much. I've always read not more than an inch below. I never thought they should be above. I don't have any problems with my daylilies blooming at all. I would think in AK they should be below the soil, and probably mulched for the winter.
They eventually work their way below the soil but I have always read that they need to be above the soil or they won't bloom. It's alright to have some soil around them but not to suffocate them. Too deep can also cause crown rot.
I have read that the crown should be 1" below the soil. That is how mine are. I neve have problems with them blooming, even a few months after planting. I have never heard that the crown should be above ground.
Even irises that they say should have the top of the rhizome exposed to the sun, I plant just under the soil due to our harsh winters.
I noticed you live in Alaska. A thought came to me that maybe you have the wrong type of DL for your harsh climate. There are evergreen (EV), semievergreens, and dormant types. I buy only semievergreens (SEV) and Dormant (Dor) types. I am sure that even the ones I buy have some EV in the background.
I have read that the EV require heat of summer to blooms and do best with mild winters although they will survive harsh winters. I have noticed since I pollinate my DL in the morning before going to work and while it is still cool that blooms are opened. Not so this past few day when the temp have gone down to 50 at night. It seems that blooms require higher temperature to open. Not all DL blooms open at the same time. It would be interesting to see if it has anything to do with the foilage type. Maybe those with some EV in their background are the slower to open on cool mornings.
Karen and hemlady,
Figure this one out. Seeds purchased from Terry at T's Flower and Things. Parents are the same GOLDEN SCROLL X HUSH LITTLE BABY. That makes the 2 completely differen seedlings siblings.
Is it possible that 2 seedlings can look so different and have the same parents?
Really?? That is amazing. I have more siblings but they haven't bloomed yet.
I was reading Mick account on hybridization in Growing Daylilies Together . According to him, Sev and Ev should be crossed with Dor and not necessarily for hardiness. It was a long article but I neve read anything about why, unless I misses something.
Siblings. Not a good picture, just thought the size difference was interesting. Darned if those were not the only seedlings of that cross that bloomed, so I didnt get a tie breaker. Hope May will tell.
Clearly, these are cull seedlings, but I saved till sibs bloom. Now that Im typing, I dont know why I did that, well anyway.
hemlady, thanks for the illustrations to prove a point. That is interesting. I bet then that the seedling/s I sold was probably the most beautiful. I find it is hard to part with my creations. Do you find it difficult?
Yes, that's right, siblings of daylilies can look quite different, though you'll usually see some similarities.
Nice seedlings from that cross, hemlady! I love that first one especially.
GG, those are nice, even though you consider them culs. I'm sure you would find someone who would want them. I always seem to find people who want my daylilies that I don't particularly care for, whatever the reason.
This is the first year I have literally put one in the compost. Mother nature does alot of that for me, more than I would like. This year tho, I got lots of brown flowers. I mean that flower above, with the teeth, I would never get rid of that, but its brown. This planting year, even tho I love yellow daylilies, I have no seedling mixed with yellow, unless its another yellow. No pinks and purple mixes. No reds and purple either. I have a giant double with teeth that is brown becuase of that mix. Im sticking to like colors this year or plain daylilies mixed with a pattern. I really just dont want to see so much munge this spring.
Cindy...is that Remembering Miss Martha yours. It is such a pretty clear pink. Just what I cant get.
Why is everybody always picking on me? LOL. Thanks everyone for the info. Now, should I compost all and start over? Keep trying? Replant all at 1 inch below? I do mulch heavyly each fall (Oct. 1 here) and pull the mulch away in the spring, usually about May 1.
I wouldnt start over, thats for sure. Those plants of yours are too healthy and green. Im always amazed at anything blooming that far north, with such a short growing season and sparse daylight some of the year.
Looking at the states most of you live in,it is as cold or colder there than here altho, we have 6 months of cold here. Most of the plants I have came from a lady in Nebraska, She chose the ones she thought best for colder weather.
Doesn't appear the number of fans has increased significantly over 3 summers. They may be healthy but fussy. Most of us have had similar experiences...either give 'em away, sell em to someone, or move 'em to the best full sun location you have on your property.
I'd inquire of local garden centers and neighbors, which daylilies bloom there. Ideally, you could ask someone local growing daylilies to split theirs for you to get your started.
Chucki.. You might try some bone meal & blood meal, Put a handful of epsom salts around each plant & if you can get alphala pellets use them around the plant also. With the cooler weather you won't have to be afraid of burning the plants.
Glad to see someone else using alfalfa pellets. When my daughter first bought daylilies in Litchfield CT, Mr. Hardy told her to put a handful of alfalfa pellets in the bottom of the hole. Build a little dirt mound on top of it and plant the lily. That is what I do with all of mine in NM.
Also, in the early spring, I go around each daylily and shove about 7 or 10 pellets into the ground around them. (Depends on the size of the plant)