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Mar 1, 2013 4:13 PM CST
|I have a question about the plant lists here. Does anyone use those lists to purchase or trade daylilies? Do you trade or purchase among yourselves very often here? I've followed the threads about favorite and least favorite vendors with great interest - but no one has talked about trading among yourselves.
For those of you who have collected lots of plants, how do you thin out your collection to make room for new ones?
Mar 1, 2013 6:58 PM CST
|I have a few things on my lists here, but never got around to putting them all in. I seldom trade since its almost impossible for me to use a shovel, and I depend on a couple of my friends to do any digging for me. I hate to ask them, so... I used to do a lot of selling and some trading years ago. Now, most of my plants are older, and not in much demand as they were years ago.
I had a fair amount of daylilies at one time, when I had a side business here of selling and also hybridized. I had about 800 named cultivars at one time, and a few thousand seedlings. As my mobility issues increased, I had to decrease the garden area. I also had a whole hillside of perennials and shrubs.
It was very hard for me to choose what to keep. I got rid of more and more each year, till I am down to maybe 25 favorite seedlings and 75-100 named ones. All are in two small beds, and are planted in rows, with a few out in the small remaining perennial bed. Once a month or so, I hire a local woman to come and weed and help keep perennials dead headed and cut back.
I tried to keep a variety. Tall, short, small, big, spiders, etc. One thing I did keep more of than anything else were pure saturated selfs without eyes, watermarks, teeth, edges. I like daylilies without all the "bling" and they are getting harder to find.
I kept plants that were really good performers - but for me - I kept ones that didn't multiply quickly. Some do - like Nutmeg Elf - but others don't. If I see one fan increase every other year, that's good for me in my situation. I don't irrigate, and don't fertilize very often, so they are not all pumped up to grow lots of new fans. Since it is such a problem for me to have someone here to dig them and divide them, the less that needs done, the better for me. Just because a daylily does not increase like a rabbit, does not mean it does not perform well. At least not in my opinion. Yet, many of the daylilies that I kept that don't increase much here, when planted in a friend's garden who really has great soil, irrigates, and fertilizes - they increase much faster for her.
For my seedlings - I tried to keep the ones that were different. They needed to have something unusual about them. Not always "pretty" but something different. A unique color, an odd shape, etc.
I also looked at health - I didn't keep any that always had ratty looking foliage (leaf streak - I have not had rust here since 2001 even though I don't spray).
Yellow daylilies are my favorites because they look good at 6 a.m, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. no matter if it has rained, or full sun, or shade. They also mix well with all colors of perennials. I imagine 1/3 of what I kept are yellow, another 1/3 are peach, pink, orange. The last 1/3 are purple and red. I think I only have two or three that have eyes or patterns.
Mar 1, 2013 7:56 PM CST
|Juli, I love yellow daylilies also. I have many "white'" daylilies that are really yellow that I just love. I need to puchase a few new ones, but haven't heard much about any new ones. I wanted some of Fred's white ones but they are all dips and I'll use them for hybridizing, so I need tets. He has a few that I'm really having to stay away from because they are beautiful!!!
Sorry, I got off subject.
I have bought from several folks that I met on here. No trades as of yet, just purchases. They sell on the Lily Auction.
Mar 2, 2013 6:54 AM CST
|I have most of my plants on ATPs but not all. If anyone wants to ask about a trade or purchase I am ok with that. I do it mostly for my own personal list.
Teresa in KY
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