Daylilies forum: help id what is wrong with my daylilies this year

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Name: Kim
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Jun 1, 2012 4:34 PM CST
It has been such a strange year ( for Iowa) , I have had daylilies for years, but this year especially I have it especially in one bed. Any idea what is going on with these leaves???? Should I be concerned, I don't know if I should treat them or what. Any ideas?? KimThumb of 2012-06-01/kimmer/10245c
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
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Hemlady
Jun 1, 2012 5:34 PM CST
Did you divide that daylily at all recently Kim. Kind of looks like mine after they have been divided. Then they take a week or two to resettle in. Otherwise, maybe a bug? I noticed mine has aphids this year when I don't ever remember having them in previous years.
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Joy
Jun 1, 2012 5:42 PM CST
I've got quite a bit of that on some of my plants too and I get it most years. Seems to happen more in the early part of the season here. When we get the most rain, though I can't say for sure that it's the cause? I think it's leaf streak. I just cut it off my plants, as far as I know that's about all you can do? But I could be wrong? This is just my own observations.

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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
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Hemlady
Jun 1, 2012 5:46 PM CST
I had several plants last year whose leaves turned brown, almost dead looking. I lifted a leave up and underneath I thought I saw some bugs. fSo, I took a piece of paper, put it under the leaf and jiggled the leaf. Sure enough I had all these little tiny miniscule bugs fall on the piece of paper.I believe they were spider mites, so I sprayed and that helped.
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Name: Joy Wooldridge
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Joy
Jun 1, 2012 10:04 PM CST
Wow! Maybe I should check my plants out more closely. Mine could be bugs too.
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Name: Dick Henley
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poplarcreek
Jun 1, 2012 11:20 PM CST
Is it on the outer leaves in the fans? Could it befreeze thaw damage? I have seen similar damage on mine. Dick in Ohio
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Name: bb
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lilylady
Jun 2, 2012 4:29 AM CST
I also think it looks like freeze damage. Did you have (like many of us) a few really warm days very early in the spring and then the cold set in again?

I grow mostly dormants and SE but did see this look on a few plants and a few on the mother robin have been talking about this very same thing.

I think it will grow out.

You could give it a haircut! Slice them on an angle and they'll look like regular growing leaves!
Name: Kim
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kimmer
Jun 2, 2012 1:52 PM CST
Just been out working in that flowerbed, could earwigs do that. What is the best way to get rid of earwigs? Kim
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tink3472
Jun 2, 2012 2:00 PM CST
IMHO it looks like leaf streak.

Here's the link from AHS with the photos
http://www.daylilies.org/ahs_dictionary/leaf_streak.html

I don't think earwigs would do that. The adults just eat the flowers, the young will eat the foliage but leave holes in them. I have had earwigs bad at the last place I lived, but they never bothered the daylilies. I sprayed for them when they started coming inside the house. I used the Bayer Advanced Complete Insect Killer for soil and turf; I spray the soil and the plants with it. It's a systemic that lasts up to 30 days. If the earwigs are not causing any damage I would just leave them alone because they are mostly considered a beneficial insect.
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Jun 3, 2012 2:06 PM CST
ERRGGGG. Hate earwigs. I have one Peony they just love and before summer is over the plant looks like a bomb went off it is so chewed up. I had a few daylilies in that bed last year that looked like that so I am spraying for earwigs this year as I am almost sure that was the problem/
Name: Ann
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annred97
Jun 6, 2012 11:48 AM CST
I think it looks like leaf streak too. I always have some, but this year is especially bad. It may be a combination of stress from last summer's hot dry weather followed by a warm fairly dry winter and early spring with some intermittant cold snaps thrown in. We didn't get a hard late freeze here, but it did get down around 30 after the daylilies were up and growing lushly. I've had some of the scape/bud aborting/dying too, but not a lot so far. Some bud counts are pretty low though and also some shorter than normal scapes.
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Christine27360
Jun 6, 2012 12:09 PM CST
I have some of this on the evergreens that came up early - since we had all that warm weather and then a freeze...then not much moisture over the winter and not alot of rain this spring... I see some are stressed and have leaves like this. I am north of you in MN! Smiling
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Name: Mona
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monalisa18
Jun 6, 2012 12:49 PM CST
Did you happen to apply any liquid fertilize to the plants prior to this damage?
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stilldew
Jun 6, 2012 11:33 PM CST
I'm in eastern NE and seeing a lot of leaf streak too. Leaves are browning and drying up earlier than normal and lots of scapes are drying and buds aborting. Not a good year for daylilies overall, although some are doing very well. I would blame the drying scapes on the dry weather, but it's as bad in front where I water occasionally as it is in back where I hardly ever water.
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tink3472
Jun 7, 2012 2:13 AM CST
Somewhere, I think it was the email robin, it's being said that there is high amounts of solar activity (solar flares) going on so there is a lot more radiation from the sun and that can affect the daylilies. The farmers have been worried about it with their crops and farmers are big on going by things like that. Someone that keeps up with when the flares occur saw a connection between when they happened and when certain things happened with their different plants and trees. And the dying of scapes and dropping buds was discussed as the solar activity being a culprit.
The scapes dying and bud dropping is in a lot of different areas, even ones that aren't dry.

I'm not sure if this has anything to do with it actually, but you never know.
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
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Hemlady
Jun 7, 2012 6:56 AM CST
I'm seeing a lower bud count this year and I haven't a clue why. I fertilized and we have had ample rain this spring.
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Name: Mona
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monalisa18
Jun 7, 2012 10:07 PM CST
We have had some very unusual cool night s for the last 2 nights. The colors of my daylilies have been so dark and rich. I'm giving all the glory to God for making it so cool in June, JUNE!!! The last 2 nights have been like 52 and 54 degrees. We usually have temps in the 70's at night and only dream of a cool night. I love it and my daylilies really really love it!
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stilldew
Jun 7, 2012 10:49 PM CST
The solar activity idea is really interesting and would help explain why my front and back daylilies both seem equally effected even though I water the front much more. Thanks.
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Hemlady
Jun 8, 2012 4:45 AM CST
Kind of makes you wonder a bit that if solar flares cause bud drop on daylilies what is it doing to humans??
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Name: Joy Wooldridge
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Joy
Jun 8, 2012 11:46 AM CST
Hemlady said:Kind of makes you wonder a bit that if solar flares cause bud drop on daylilies what is it doing to humans??


Hmmm. Very good question Cindy. I wonder too?
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