Daylilies forum: To cut or not?

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Name: Elena
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bxncbx
Oct 7, 2013 6:39 PM CST
I ordered lots of daylilies this year and had most delivered in September. I planted them within a day or so of receiving them. I had a late order from Nicole arrive in October. While I was planting I was shocked to see a scape on Wild Cherry Round Up! As of yesterday it was only an inch or so tall. We've been having very warm temps in NY the past couple of weeks so maybe the plant is confused? The question is should I cut the scape off since the plant has only been in the ground for a month? The weather is going to get colder so I doubt the flowers will ever open. Will it help the root system to cut it or will it prevent it from blooming next year? I've never had any daylily try to bloom so late in the year! Any advice would be appreciated!
Name: James
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JWWC
Oct 7, 2013 7:03 PM CST
I'd cut it. Give it as much energy to settle as possible.
Name: Jill
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Dayjillymo
Oct 7, 2013 7:04 PM CST
Elena,

Cutting the scape won't keep the plant from blooming next year - and may help it since cutting the scape will help the little plant save energy. It's pretty close to winter - and the scape shouldn't have much of a chance to finish blooming, so I think I would cut it off and let the plant get back to settling in for the winter. It has a lot of little roots to grow before freezing weather. Smiling
Name: Michele
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tink3472
Oct 7, 2013 7:19 PM CST
I agree I agree I agree I agree
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Name: Elena
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bxncbx
Oct 8, 2013 4:29 AM CST
Okay, I will snip the scape off. I'd better check all the others I've planted to make sure they aren't trying to bloom also. Thanks for the advice! Smiling
Name: Corey
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Ispahan
Oct 8, 2013 5:00 AM CST
I planted a two-fan division of White Eyes Pink Dragon back in September that started to send up a scape the following week. I broke it off as soon as I noticed it. The little plant has been busy growing new leaves. I only hope it has been busy forming new roots as well!

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