Daylilies forum: Seemingly dead daylily

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Name: Brian
Ontario Canada (Zone 5b)
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bearsearch
Oct 5, 2013 7:58 AM CST
I bought a Very Berry Candy in the spring, the plant looked good and grew, it flowered once and I was happy. Then a new scape appeared and I let it bloom but I shouldn't have because by this time the plant was looking a little worn out. When I saw it again (I live 3 hours from my garden) there was a hole in the ground where the plant was, I stuck my finger in there and felt something slimy (could have been a slug) but nothing that felt like a plant. So I assumed I had killed it by letting it bloom twice after just having been planted. So the other day I went to put a new plant there and to my amazement there were roots and a very healthy leaf bud. The problem was I cut the root in half. The leaf bud still has 4 healthy roots firmly attached to a piece of the crown. I don't know if I did the right thing or not but I put some sulphur on the cut surfaces to hopefully prevent rot and replanted it in a bed that has really good drainage also to try and prevent rot. What are the chances of survival? I have had some small pieces like that survive but they were very old cultivars not far removed from wild daylilies I've never done this to newer hybrids. Have I killed it or is there hope for it still? Sad
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Oct 5, 2013 8:08 AM CST
If it doesn't have crown rot, I would think there is hope for it. Did you check and see if the crown was mushy??
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Name: Brian
Ontario Canada (Zone 5b)
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bearsearch
Oct 5, 2013 8:16 AM CST
The crown was good and solid with no soft or mushy spots. I put the sulphur on to try and keep it that way. I hope it works.
Name: James
South Bend, IN (Zone 5b)
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JWWC
Oct 5, 2013 8:40 AM CST
I would think you've given it the best chance for survival that you can. I have a few plants that go summer dormant unless they get more water than I typically give them. They always pop back in the fall.
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Oct 5, 2013 8:41 AM CST
No expert for sure, but I'd say it has a pretty good chance of making it. One of mine, Chinese Scholar did absolutely nothing this year (bare spot all summer), so I thought I had lost it. Now it has several inches of new growth which is very surprising. I hope it blooms next summer.
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Name: James
South Bend, IN (Zone 5b)
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JWWC
Oct 5, 2013 9:49 AM CST
They are strange little plants sometimes. I have a seedling from Tom Maddox that was evergreen for him. In my garden it is semi-everygreen to dormant depending on temps and snow cover. However, it comes back with no trouble in the spring, will bloom and then, often before the scapes have browned, dies back to the ground for a month or so.
Name: Brian
Ontario Canada (Zone 5b)
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bearsearch
Oct 8, 2013 4:12 PM CST
So far it seems to be growing though I don't know what's happening down below. I'll keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best.

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