The Q&A Archives: What the germination time for stelladoras

Question: When is the best time to start seedlings?

Answer: I think you must be asking about seeds from a daylily (Hemerocallis "Stella d'Oro"). These seeds need to be chilled prior to planting. You can do this by placing them in a sealed plastic bag with some barely damp vermiculite or milled spagnum peat moss and putting that in your refrigerator. Beginning in about a month, check regularly for signs of swelling and sprouting, they will germinate over a period of several weeks (or longer). As they begin to grow, plant them in individual containers of sterile potting mix and grow on in a bright sunny location, keeping the soil slightly damp. You can start them chilling now and then grow them indoors for a bit as transplants until the weather settles later this spring, or you can wait and plant them out during the summer. They will usually need about two years in the garden before they will bloom. In my experience, the seedlings are almost always orange flowered as they do not come true from seed. Enjoy your experiment!

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