Daylilies forum: Can daylilies change foliage habit?

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Name: Pat
Near McIntosh, Florida (Zone 9a)
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Xenacrockett
Apr 9, 2014 3:57 PM CST
I have my 1st daylily purchase made maybe sometime in early 90's and of course it has expanded very well on its own.

I'm thinking I may have gotten it in a pot at Home Depot and would like to ID it.

I think it is "Rocket City" but it is no longer dormant. It stays green all year and has just started blooming. It grows proliferations also.

I have other daylilies that were dormant for years (like 15) and this past year started staying green all year.
I confess there was a lot going on and my poor daylilies got no attention. Last year they did get fertilizer.
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Name: Michele
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tink3472
Apr 9, 2014 6:44 PM CST
I would say that some daylilies do change foliage habits because they acclimate to their environment. However, after that many years in one location I would have to say it wouldn't because of the environment. IMHO if they normally get no attention and then all of a sudden got "fed" that would probably be why your dormant stayed green; it may not actually be a dormant but went dormant trying to conserve energy since it was neglected.
In my area the dormants don't usually go dormant, they act more like semi-evergreen even with the cold and freezes we had all winter.
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Name: Pat
Near McIntosh, Florida (Zone 9a)
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Xenacrockett
Apr 9, 2014 6:52 PM CST
tink3472 said:I would say that some daylilies do change foliage habits because they acclimate to their environment. However, after that many years in one location I would have to say it wouldn't because of the environment. IMHO if they normally get no attention and then all of a sudden got "fed" that would probably be why your dormant stayed green; it may not actually be a dormant but went dormant trying to conserve energy since it was neglected.
In my area the dormants don't usually go dormant, they act more like semi-evergreen even with the cold and freezes we had all winter.


Thats good to know, tink...that dormants don't go dormant in your area.


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Seedfork
Apr 10, 2014 5:55 AM CST
Xenacrockett,
Sorry, I am of no help in identifying your daylily, is it the right height for 'Rocket City' (36")? Looking at the pictures in the data base it appears the blooms of' Rocket City' have many different looks. I would never have guessed many of them were the same plant.




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Name: Arlene
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florange
Apr 10, 2014 6:20 AM CST
Lately I've had 3 or 4 daylilies classified as evergreens grow as semi-evergreens, even when the hybridizers live to the west of me and are in the same county. Go figure. I couldn't understand why those plants, purchased locally 3 years ago, didn't flourish. With the colder winter we had this year, it became obvious. The daylilies look fine now--but they haven't caught up with the evergreens yet. They also don't add fans at the same rate as the true evergreens. My garden's name is Evergreen Heaven.
Name: Pat
Near McIntosh, Florida (Zone 9a)
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Xenacrockett
Apr 10, 2014 8:40 AM CST
Seedfork said:Xenacrockett,
Sorry, I am of no help in identifying your daylily, is it the right height for 'Rocket City' (36")? Looking at the pictures in the data base it appears the blooms of Rocket have many different looks. I would never have guessed many of them were the same plant.






The "Rocket City?" plants I have are around 30 - 36". As mentioned, they had been ignored and didn't start getting taller until last year when they finally were fertilized after years of being ignored. (lots of family stress, health issues, deaths, etc. kept me from giving attention as deserved)

Whatever plant name I have, and I'm sure they are really common, I'll just be selling them locally in clumps. I went out this morning to thin them out, move the ones without scapes forming, and wouldn't you know, looks like just about all of them are ready to bloom.

But they do need thinning so I think I'll just go through the middle of the jungle, dig some up, trim back and re-locate.

Yes, there certainly are lots of different looks for each named daylily. Really amazing!

Name: Maurice
Grey County, Ontario (Zone 4b)
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admmad
Apr 10, 2014 9:48 AM CST
I agree that some daylilies can change their growth/foliage type.

I expect that can happen when their growing conditions change and perhaps the most important one of those would be fertilizer, especially Nitrogen.
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Name: Pat
Near McIntosh, Florida (Zone 9a)
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Xenacrockett
Apr 20, 2014 5:49 PM CST
Some of these "Rocket City" daylilies here are now 51" to top of flowers which are measuring 6 1/2" across.

I gave them some special sea minerals last year (an overdose, I think) and they just sat there in shock and now they've gone crazy.
They are now too tall for their present location and I'm trying to move them to a new location.
Name: Anna Sartin
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AnnaSartin
Apr 23, 2014 4:25 AM CST
Wow, Rocket City gets THAT tall? I just ordered some this year. I'm going to have to consider carefully where to put it!
Name: Pat
Near McIntosh, Florida (Zone 9a)
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Xenacrockett
Apr 24, 2014 7:27 PM CST
AnnaSartin said:Wow, Rocket City gets THAT tall? I just ordered some this year. I'm going to have to consider carefully where to put it!


Mine didn't get that big until I accidentally gave them too much fertilizer. They were about 26 inches or so previously. All the daylilies I had previously that got some of that fertilizer got larger than expected.

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