Just this week I noticed prolifs on some of my favorites. I was hit hard by the drought (until the past two weeks). I'm going to clip the prolifs this weekend, root 'em, and overwinter in pots in the garage. Usually I just give 'em away but I'm keeping for myself until I see that 'state of things' next spring.
Last fall I gave a buddy a bunch of prolifs, he planted each in a plastic cup the size of a gatorade bottle, overwintered in his unheated garage. They all survived and he planted this spring.
I have some on Margo Reed Indeed, nice big ones, but I don't know what to do with them. The scapes are still very green. Should I leave them on to grow on the scapes, or break off and root in water. Do I do that now?
Just cut the baby plant (prolif) off the parent daylily without cutting/damaging the prolif. Then put the prolif in a jar/glass/cup so that the bottom .5-1" of the plant sits in water. In 1-2 weeks you will see roots. You can keep 'em in the jar/glass/cup for weeks, but change the water periodically. I see that you are 2 hours south of me, so don't plant prolifs outside now (the prolif will not survive since not enough time to get established). This fall, transfer to a small pot (quart, .5-1 gallon) using either soil from your beds or purchased high-grade potting soil. You can treat them like an indoor houseplant (if inside a heated building must be watered through the winter) or store in the unheated garage/basement, cease watering in December, resume watering in the spring when the plants show green/growth, transplant to the outdoors in April.
Dependent on your zone or season, many just cut the prolif off the daylily and plant in the ground (knowing plenty of time for the plant to get established before dormancy period).
A prolif is just like a baby spider plant on the common spider plant.
Thanks, onegoodman1955, for the great directions. Now that our grandson's wedding is over, I can get back to more serious stuff like daylilies. ;-) We finally had a nice rain last nite, what a welcome relief! I'll let them soak up some more of God's water and then go cut them off and put them in our water to root.
I am astounded! I cut these prolifs on 8-27 and put in water. Yesterday I just glanced at them, not really looking for anything yet, and several had roots over an inch long. Now I can't keep from watching, never seen anything grow so fast. Fun!
Have a glass of wine and stare into the cup for several minutes, you may sight Sea Horses!!!
Okay, maybe those are large size microbes.
When I was a kid (4-5 decades past), you could buy 'packets' via magazines that when you emptied into water, carefully added .25 teaspoon of salt, eyed several days later you would see seahorses. My high school biology teacher told me I had bought parasites.
It has been sometime since I have seen or had any prolifs,not common to any of mine,last one I had grew like it was going somewhere though.
Oh Yeah!! Sea Monkeys!!! Some of us are with ya,!lol
I had nine seedlings from mine going looks like only two are going to make it though, any success will do for now.
Wow! Mike, I've never seen a prolif with a bud on it, and blooming at that. Cool!
I have not found any prolifs on mine yet, but have not had time to look at all of them. I have so many. Been getting my gardens weeded and mulched/fertilized. Need to get a lot of stuff planted, and I have lots of daylily seeds I want to start.