Daylilies forum: Daylilies arriving during heat wave, advice please

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Name: Gale
CentralWa (Zone 6a)
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GDJCB
Jun 23, 2015 8:46 PM CST
When I made my order with Maryott's, I received an email back that my order would be shipped late June, and I assume that will be next week. Thanks to a change in the jet stream, we have a heat wave coming for all of next week, with temps predicted between 102-108 from this Friday through next Thursday. In 2012, I made a purchase of 27 plants in mid July, planted them with temps in min 90's, and they all did fine, but I am concerned about these, for one, they are not $5 Daylilies, and mid 100's is just plain baking. Should I just leave them in a bucket of water until it cools down (will they be ok like this for a week or two), or maybe pot them up and bring them in the house? Any suggestions would be great.

Thanks,
Gale
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
Jun 23, 2015 8:49 PM CST
I'm all ears! I'm all ears! I'm all ears! and, oh wow do I ever sympathize. I am not the one with experience here, but I did recently hear from someone that keeping them soaking in water could be okay for a couple of weeks..... Don't take that to the bank, now! Someone will surely have more reliable advice than that.

I do know they will need shade as well, and if that bucket, or pots or whatever, can be held in a cooler spot somehow, yanno, better still.

Yikes. Freakin weather!
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jun 23, 2015 8:56 PM CST
I never even suspected it got that hot in Washington! I also sympathize with you on receiving plants in such awfully hot weather. I don't know how hard it would be on the plants but I think for your sake sticking them in a bucket of water in a cooler spot would be ideal.
Name: Gale
CentralWa (Zone 6a)
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GDJCB
Jun 23, 2015 9:06 PM CST
Kyla, Larry, Thanks, I think that may be best, I can set them on the north side of the house, and change the water every evening. I live in Central Washington, a semi-desert, we typically get mid to high 90's from mid July through end of August, with a few low 100 days thrown in. Amazing thing is, the lows are often still in the mid 50's to mid 60's.

Thanks again,
Gale
Name: Donald
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needrain
Jun 23, 2015 9:15 PM CST
I think you'll be able to manage them, Gale. The temperature at any given time in my area can be erratic, but I've received fall orders when my temperatures were in triple digits. I soaked them overnight in a bucket of water and then planted them in pots. The pots were located where they would get some morning sun, but were protected from mid-day and afternoon sun. After a week or so, I moved where they were getting more hours of sun. They did fine. It's worrisome when the temperatures are that high, but the daylilies managed it pretty well.
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Name: Kyla
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kylaluaz
Jun 24, 2015 5:22 PM CST
I was just reading in an old thread here about daylilies in pots and someone was saying about actually keeping potted daylilies sitting in water, and how much lusher the foliage on those was! Thought about this thread when I read that.

Good luck with the heat wave, and I hope both you and the daylilies find ways to keep cool enough. Let us know how it gods!
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kidfishing
Jun 24, 2015 5:26 PM CST
We just got a box of daylilies today from Michigan, if we soaked them until it got cooler we would have to wait till September!
Low 90's most of the week.
We will be going to the ground with them, of course in the shade...
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Name: Kyla
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kylaluaz
Jun 24, 2015 5:30 PM CST
Low 90s in the shade is a whole different animal to triple digits in the sun!

I planted some in the ground here during a mid-to-high nineties heat wave, gave them some shade, kept them watered and all, they seem fine. Thumbs up
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jun 24, 2015 5:59 PM CST
I think the daylilies Kyla is referring to that were in pots sitting in water would have been just fine until September. They were kept in a plastic kiddy pool with just a few inches of water.It seems they love sitting with their roots in water, just not the crowns. I read that a couple of years ago and it inspired me to try daylilies in a bog, so far they are doing great.
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Claudia
Jun 24, 2015 6:01 PM CST
One year I ordered a daylily and had it arriving during unbearable heat. It was not a pricey one but a very uncommon one. I have not seen it for sale anywhere since. I had one dble fan for me and one for a friend as a gift. I potted them up and kept them where they got very early morning sun but shaded all afternoon. Kept them well watered and they did fine.

Good Luck!
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Name: Pat
Near McIntosh, Florida (Zone 9a)
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Xenacrockett
Jun 24, 2015 6:07 PM CST
I have a bunch of daylilies left over from a sale sitting in a container with water (mosquito dunk sprinkles added)
that are in semi-shade and the dang things have started blooming.

There is no added fertilizer or anything.
Of course these are CHEAP daylilies.

I've planted others out in the Florida sun and used ample shade cloth over them,
kept them watered and they seem to be doing fine.

How well a plant adapts depends too on how it was grown prior to you receiving it.
Name: Gale
CentralWa (Zone 6a)
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GDJCB
Jun 24, 2015 9:10 PM CST
Thanks everyone for all the advice, I appreciate it.We are suppose to be in the mid 90's in week, week and a half, I think I will keep them in water until then, and then go ahead and plant them. I like the idea of pots in a couple inches of water, I just started seeds doing just that, last week. If I had a kiddy pool, I think I would give it a try, may have to have my wife see how expensive they are.

Thanks again,
Gale
Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Jun 24, 2015 10:29 PM CST
Gale, we're going to get that heat too, so we're going to Oregon for the worst of it! If you have a Walmart anywhere near you, they are the cheapest place to get a kiddy pool. I buy one yearly for the dogs, so I've priced them everywhere. I go with the cheapest, because they never survive.
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Name: Kyla
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kylaluaz
Jun 25, 2015 3:40 AM CST
Larry, that's right, that was the thread I was referring to.

Having gardened in a number of different climates I just want to add that humidity is a factor too in high heat, and not just for human comfort or lack of it. Plants (unless they are maximally xeric types) growing in heat under low humidity conditions are still going to need more water and attention than plants growing in the same temperatures in high humidity. 99 degrees in central Washington is different than 99 degrees in Florida (for instance) because that dry air sucks the moisture from everything it touches.
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Name: Gale
CentralWa (Zone 6a)
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GDJCB
Jun 25, 2015 10:52 AM CST
Natalie, I mentioned the kiddie pool to my wife, and she thinks wal-mart has some for around $10, so reasonable. My credit card was charged Monday, so maybe will be receiving them today or tomorrow, right before the hottest 3 days. They are very tough plants, and coming from California I assume used to heat. probably won't bloom this year, but they should make it.

Kyla, you are right, we have a dry heat here, the sprinklers will be running non stop for awile.
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Jun 25, 2015 10:58 AM CST
Gale, grab some lawn chairs and leave room in the pool for your feet! Hilarious!
Natalie
Name: Gale
CentralWa (Zone 6a)
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GDJCB
Jun 25, 2015 11:49 AM CST
108, 109, Air conditioning for me this weekend, thank you :-)
Just got a text from home, that they have arrived, can't wait to get home and have a look, Everyone talks about the great bonuses they send.

Gale
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Jun 25, 2015 12:06 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Natalie
Name: Gale
CentralWa (Zone 6a)
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GDJCB
Jun 25, 2015 7:02 PM CST
I am impressed with my first Maryott's order. I ordered 12 of their cheaper plants, they included four bonuses that added up to as much as my order, including a 2014 and 2015 intro. Plants were really starting to yellow up, but considering the weather I can't complain, and the roots look good. I would say half the plants are 3/4 fans. Hurray!

Gale
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
Jun 25, 2015 7:05 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

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