Daylilies forum: Anyone lose a good number of daylilies this past winter (zone 5)?

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Name: Sandi
Franklin, WI (Zone 5a)
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Seedsower
May 1, 2013 10:12 AM CST
Most of my daylilies are up but I'd say I have almost ten that still haven't shown their faces and I'm worried. I figured I'd give them a little more time before I dig to see if there's anything there.

Anyone else have this in my zone 5 (Wisconsin)? I can't say I've ever really lost any daylilies before except for a few I overwintered in pots, so this is kind of a shocker for me.

Thanks for your feedback!
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May 1, 2013 10:31 AM CST
Just young seedlings.
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daylilydreams
May 1, 2013 10:43 AM CST
Sandy it is still very early give them plenty of time to start growing, many of mine are not growing yet. When they start growing also depends on if they are dormant, semi evergreen or evergreen. I have been growing daylilies for years and have lost very few. I always wait until the end of May even into early June in case one is slow putting in an appearance. Last year I thought one was a goner and it suddenly started growing.
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Christine27360
May 1, 2013 10:44 AM CST
I am in Zone 4 (in MN) and some of mine are just starting to sprout!! Give them time -- it's still really cold in the ground. Smiling
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Anne
May 1, 2013 12:22 PM CST
I didn't lose any in zone 5 in southern Ontario. All of mine are considerably far up out of the ground already and have been for a while, but we've pretty much had a perfect spring here.
Name: Juli
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daylily
May 1, 2013 1:21 PM CST
I had one new one from last year that heaved. Caught it early - during late winter, and got it back in the ground. It was 6 fans last year, but only see one small fan now. That's the only one I had any problem with.

Whew!
Name: James
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JWWC
May 1, 2013 1:35 PM CST
I didn't lose any plants but I did lose fans on multiple plants. I also have a few that are showing signs of spring sickness. It was a lovely winter we had this spring. Blinking
Name: kimbar rise
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kimbar
May 1, 2013 6:10 PM CST
Went out to see if I had lost anything no not at all but as I looking I find a scape on a little one something is wrong with that I am hoping from
last year but it don't look it I am at a loss about it never had that happen. I think its a seedling I got from someone it has little red wagon in it.
I took a picture.
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woofie
May 1, 2013 6:24 PM CST
I'm very much afraid that I may have lost a couple in one bed this year, but after reading this thread, I think I'll give them a little more time to show up! I'm very new to daylilies, so it's definitely a learning process for me!
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Name: Sandi
Franklin, WI (Zone 5a)
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Seedsower
May 1, 2013 8:50 PM CST
Well, I've definitely found one goner, Crowned Heads. The roots had heaved up out of the ground, very sad.
Name: Jan
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philljm
May 2, 2013 6:42 AM CST
Sandy, I too am in the process of missing some, or am losing some. I have also lost some new perennials that I just planted last year, plus a couple of oldies (my digitalis Sad

And tonights forecast of snow isn't helping.

My daylilies just started greening up - the last few days of warmth and sun went a long way. They were really sickly looking. I think the prolonged frigid temps, grey skies and all that freezing rain froze a lot of things. I also had things coming up under the mulch (where it was warm), yet the mulch was frozen on top of things - and I couldn't get the mulch removed..... Urg.

So yeah, I am still losing daylilies - meanwhile I have already received two boxes of new ones.... ~Jan

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Hemlady
May 2, 2013 6:48 AM CST
So far, I don't think I lost any but I have one that is looking like it may have crown rot starting. I dug it up and checked it yesterday and the crown is iffy looking. I moved it to a different location. I think it was too wet where it originally was planted.
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Name: James
South Bend, IN (Zone 5b)
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JWWC
May 2, 2013 7:43 AM CST
Strange Jan, I lost all of my digitalis as well. Along with both coreopsis and a bunch of daffodils.
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Frillylily
May 2, 2013 12:54 PM CST
I lost more than usual to rot this year. They look like they sunk under the soil line, opposite of heaving. But they were newly planted, some of them were good sized clumps though and still had the soil (transplanted)
Name: Nancy
West Central Wisconsin on the (Zone 5a)
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lilyfan
May 2, 2013 1:36 PM CST
Hi Sandy I am on the opposite side of the state to you and if your weather has been like ours you very likely may not see any sign of certain dormant daylilies because so far we have not had a true Spring. We did have the lighting requirements for Spring and the rains but not the warmth that most likely triggers the growth of some dormants. I have a whole new lineout of one of my new intros (dormant) and they haven't shown their little heads! I tell you, if this weren't such odd weather I WOULD be worried...but considering the circumstances I think they are still alive and well..sure hope so! So I am trying to say..don't give up yet.....by the way..as I write this, we have just totaled 7" of snow since 7AM today..so now that will keep the soil colder than normal tool.
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Name: Nancy
West Central Wisconsin on the (Zone 5a)
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lilyfan
May 2, 2013 1:41 PM CST
Sandy are the roots of CROWNED HEADS all shattered and mushy or are they "just" dried out? If just dried out , if it me I would dampen them and then replant them and watch them closely
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Name: Sandi
Franklin, WI (Zone 5a)
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Seedsower
May 2, 2013 5:40 PM CST
Hi Lilyfan....it was mush. Believe me, I massaged that root mass for any signs of life. Some that I am missing are Spacecoast Technical Knockout, Mort Morss, Twilight Secrets and my favorite seedling. I haven't made note of all of them yet.

Too bad about the snow, I heard about that. Unbelieveable!
Name: Ann
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farmerbell
May 2, 2013 8:56 PM CST
I lost a couple completely and of course they were the new expensive ones frm last year. The hybridizers have been great to work with in getting replacement plants. I have fewer fans this spring than last fall in several other daylilies. I think this happens every year. Here in middle TN we have winters with freeze/thaw cycles constantly with no snow cover. It is very hard on the plants and depletes so much of their stored energy. I am trying to downsize and I have some non-favorites that I wish would get killed over the winter. Less work for me!
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Name: Alex
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ARoseblush
May 2, 2013 11:31 PM CST
Well, I lost two daylilies. Both of them I planted last Spring. I never even got the chance to see them bloom. 'Sir Francis Drake' just dried out, and 'Roseate Stained Glass' completely disappeared. Breaks my heart. The weird part is that most of my 10 month seedlings are thriving. I have noticed that some of my 3 fan clumps planted last year have been reduced to 1 or 2 fans. All of my dips are doing quite well. We have been blessed with days of warm sunshine, and temps in the 70's. Well above normal in Vermont for this time of year. I just received my first 2 boxes of plants today. Hooray. I ordered 'Can't Touch This' (Nicole) from Mary Gaskins this past Winter, and that arrived today. Mary sent me one of her seedlings as a gift plant, 'Mardi Gras Ball X Carol Todd", along with a picture of the plant. Gorgeous. It will be a 2014 introduction. Also, received 4 very healthy plants from Michele (Tink) today. At long last, my 'Dragon Fly Dawn' is here. Hurray! Thank-you, Michelle.

Mary Gaskins has a new website for her seedlings. http://gaskinsseedlings.simplesite.com/ She mentioned that she has over 2000 seedlings this year as a result of an early Spring.
Name: Jan
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philljm
May 3, 2013 5:45 AM CST
Interestingly enough, my bed of 2 year old seedlings went all went dormant this winter (they seemed to be an even mix of dormants, SEV's and EV's last winter. I thought last weekend I had lost several, but by yesterday all of them had started to green up - although I may still lose a couple of them due to this batch of cold wet weather

I am sure I lost a couple of daylilies - one was a gift that I was excited to get Sad A couple of others are struggling, and this may be their death knell.

I am sad about the digitalis & poppies. And my stemless evening primrose. Many were first year plants, but some of the digitalis were not. I am not "glad" to hear that you also lost some Sandy - but it helps that I was not the only one in the area to do so. These plants were mulched, and covered with several feet of snow throughout most of the winter, and I still lost them.

No leaves on my trees here either - although my lilac is trying to.

On the other hand, I am glad I don't live further north in Wisconsin - YIKES! Some places got 17 inches of heavy wet snow. I was feeling optimistic yesterday, when I prepared and "packed up" my snowblower for the season. And I have a new lawn mower being delivered today.

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