Daylilies forum: What causes the fans to do this?

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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Feb 16, 2014 5:35 PM CST
I just recently transplanted all my older established daylilies from the 3-tiered raised bed, to the two new raised beds.

I trimmed their fans and separated most of them as I was replanting them. Most of my fans stand upright. But every now and again one does this. I don't remember it doing this during summer, but I have quite a few and may not have noticed it before. Only a few of them are doing this during Winter. Is this possibly a dormant or semi-dormant daylily and the leaves are dying? I don't know the parents of this hybrid, so no idea what it really is and whether it is ev, sev, or dor. I am just looking at the fans and wondering what is going on.

It's the plant in the very back near the inside of the back wall with flopped over blades.:

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Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Feb 16, 2014 6:04 PM CST
I have transplanted daylilies and just every once and a while one will do that, last year I had one do that and it never came back. It was like the transplant was just too much of a shock for it. I replaced it later with the same type plant and it did well in the same spot.
That may not be what happens to yours, but that is all I am familiar with.
Name: James
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JWWC
Feb 16, 2014 6:10 PM CST
If I has to guess is say it just needs to put out new roots and so is diverting energy there.
Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Feb 16, 2014 8:09 PM CST
Seedfork and James - Thanks for your suggestions and opinions.

This daylily looked like that BEFORE I even dug it up to transplant it. It has a good root system so I don't think it is dying. I was thinking it might be a dormant or a sev daylily and it is losing it's foliage to regrow new, but I really don't know. When I was amending the soil in the 3-tiered bed, I found several "dormant" type daylilies that had a good root system and were buried under the soil. They were starting to show signs of leaves emerging as they appeared to be breaking dormancy. The weather has been warm and then cool, warm and then cool. But not freezing temps. Florida weather probably makes some of the sev and dor daylilies confused.
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Name: James
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JWWC
Feb 17, 2014 7:55 AM CST
Ahh, that's interesting. I see that in fans that are transplanted but I can't say I have noticed it in plants that were just growing normally. Of course, I can't see my plants for most of the winter so I wouldn't really be able to comment on temperature swings playing a role.
Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Feb 17, 2014 6:52 PM CST
Well, today I noticed a few of the blades standing up. I am now thinking that the daylily plant was dry and wilting a little. It was probably dry in the original bed and when I moved it, that probably stressed it out even more. All the daylilies that were moved into new beds were watered thoroughly after I transplanted them. They are all looking pretty good now. It will take a short while for them to adjust to their new home and I am hoping for blooms on all of them this year. Big Grin
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Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
Feb 21, 2014 8:54 PM CST
I often find the central three leaves lay down and are floppy. I do not think it is dryness. I should note the ones that do it.
However, they always come good. The probable with the flop here is they are in danger of being snapped off if a bird stands on them.

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