Daylilies forum: Shipping mold

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Name: pam
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gardenglory
Sep 19, 2012 12:53 PM CST
I received some 'plants' today from the LA. When I opened the box it smelled like mold and when I unwrapped them, it reeked of mold. Should I just soak them in bleach water? . These dont look like they can take much 'shocking' of any kind, thats for sure.Thumb of 2012-09-19/gardenglory/afcdb7
Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Sep 19, 2012 1:34 PM CST
I would think a really mild bleach solution would be okay. Most of the usual formulas I've seen have been about 10 to 1 water to bleach. Maybe a try 20 to 1?
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Name: Michele
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tink3472
Sep 19, 2012 1:56 PM CST
That's one reason I try and make sure they are really dry before I ship and when I'm washing I try to get all of the old, dead roots and dead foliage and such off. I agree with Debra that a mild bleach solution should be fine. I've had some near to death and the bleach water helped them. Unless you plan to send them back I would at least try the bleach water.

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Name: Lyle
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lyle627
Sep 19, 2012 1:58 PM CST
Pam - What daylilies are those?
Name: pam
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gardenglory
Sep 19, 2012 2:40 PM CST
These are the smallest and 'worst' Ive ever gotten. I went back, and notice the seller had been selling off this clump for a good month, and I was the last auction before they were gone. From looking at them, My guess is that they have been out, and just sitting since the clump first started being divided. I ordered 2 x df. I guess the fan in the middle, by the key, was my bonus ;-o.
I went back and read feedback, tried to find all the codewords, or left out words that would alert me to trouble. Nothing seemed amiss. Luck of the draw I guess. They were el-cheepos or I would have taken care of this in a different way.
Name: Jan
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philljm
Sep 19, 2012 5:27 PM CST
A 10:1 bleach solution probably won't hurt. And if they do die, contact the seller for refund or replacement. Perhaps you should let the seller know they smelled of mold and were going to try to save them?
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florange
Sep 20, 2012 4:25 PM CST
Pam, your pictures show the reason I quit buying on the Lily Auction. Well, I jumped back into the pool this year, winning a lot, all from James Hall and Michele. I know I'm safe ordering from them!

Unless these plants were dirt cheap, I'd return and ask for a refund. They will probably grow, but how long will it take them to bloom????

Good luck!
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Hemlady
Sep 20, 2012 5:21 PM CST
I have been buying plants on the LA for over 5 years and only one time have I received a bad plant. These look like they may have been spiders, maybe??? They naturally are smaller fans if they were spiders. If not, they are on the small size. The mold should not be an issue if you take the advice of several here that said to soak them in a bleach solution. I am with Michele, I let my plants air dry for 24 hours before shipping to make sure this doesn't happen.
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