Daylilies forum: alfalfa pellets/meal

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dirtdigger
Mar 15, 2013 9:11 AM CST
For those that use alfalfa pellets or meal around their daylilies, when do you apply them? Temps are still fluctuating between 30's at night and 60's during the day in my area. Daylilies are starting to show growth. Should I hold off till freeze warnings are no longer a threat or go ahead and apply the alfalfa at this time?

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Paul2032
Mar 15, 2013 9:32 AM CST
They take some time to break down and become available to the plant so I am adding mine now.......
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JWWC
Mar 15, 2013 12:30 PM CST
I agree If the ground is clear this weekend, they will go down with some other stuff, and if not, then hopefully the next one!
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Newyorkrita
Mar 15, 2013 12:34 PM CST
I think you can apply the alfalfa pellets at any time. In fact wet spring weather is good to get them to start to break down.

dirtdigger
Mar 15, 2013 12:37 PM CST
Thanks Paul, JWWC, and Rita for your responses. I'm going to go ahead and put the pellets out this afternoon since there's a 60% chance of rain in the forecast for the next three days along with warm temps.
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Mar 15, 2013 12:55 PM CST
I'm been putting them on this morning with a little 5-10-5 fertilizer. I watering lightly with a sprinkler to break them down and will work them in tomorrow.
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Casshigh
Mar 15, 2013 12:58 PM CST
We started putting our alfalfa pellets out last weekend. We live in NW GA. (Zone 7).
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philljm
Mar 16, 2013 7:53 AM CST
My beds are still covered with snow/ ice. Sad
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Mar 16, 2013 8:25 AM CST
As soon as I have my breakfast I'm going out and work these into the soil....it may rain later
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mistyfog
Mar 16, 2013 9:34 AM CST
I'm so glad you showed these pics, Paul. Thank you so much.

Wondering when to do this as well. Some of mine have
frozen foliage still, but the next 2-3 days are predicted to be in
the 60s with possible rain, then turning colder again. Some of the plants'
growth looks similar to yours.

One thing, I wouldn't be fertilizing as yet, so maybe I should
wait and add the alfalfa when I fertilize.
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kimbar
Mar 16, 2013 2:30 PM CST
Jan I AM STILL COVERED WITH SNOW TOO. But yesterday before the snow hit i noticed some daylilies poking out
from the ground. So the snow is keeping them warm. I hope.
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Hemlady
Mar 16, 2013 5:10 PM CST
Covered with snow here too.
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mistyfog
Mar 16, 2013 6:24 PM CST
Seems like only a few days ago we had snow also. Looked at plants
today with frozen foliage. But, today temp of 70. Where did that come
from? And once again in a day or two, night temps in the twenties.

I don't know how plants even know what they are supposed to do
with all this weird weather.

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