Daylilies forum: Dousing Them With Fertilizer

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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jul 27, 2011 3:21 PM CST
I am tired and only half done. I decided I needed to give all the daylilies a really good zap of fertilizer now that much of the regular season bloomers are done. The timing is good as we had rain last night and the night before so the ground is wet.

I do fertilize in the spring with alfalfa pellets and a bagged fertilizer like Plant Tone. This spring I tried Flower Tone on all the daylilies. But then my routine is also to hit them again mid summer around now with a liquid fertilizer. I use Neptune Liquid Seaweed Fertilizer. As I have so many daylilies I have to use the hose end sprayer and go around to do everything,

So half done as I did all the downstairs daylilies. Now I have to go out and go upstairs to do all those to finish. I started today spraying the roses as it is rose spraying day. That happens every two weeks and I have been using the hose end sprayer there too. So when I was done with that, I washed out the sprayer and started with the fertilizer on the daylilies.

OK, off I go to get finished.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jul 27, 2011 4:28 PM CST
I'm done. The entire garden stinks of Seaweed Fertilizer. Maybe this will give me some rebloom Big Grin

I ordered another gallon to have on hand as this spraying today made my current bottle run low.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 20, 2011 2:01 PM CST
I just finished. I doused them today again with the same stuff. We have been having nice rains and it even rained again last night. I figgure between the rain and fertilizer they should really get growing nicely. Lots of green growth already since the last time I did this.

Spray day is really a big job when I do it like today as I not only did the fertilizer but then I just started again with the roses as they needed there fungicide spray.
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Hemlady
Aug 20, 2011 2:08 PM CST
I read somewhere on here that it is good to fertilize daylilies after bloom is over. I have never done that and have been growing daylilies for over 15 years. See how you always learn something new here. I have never tried a liquid fertilizer except for Miracle grow. I guess I may have to try something new this year.
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 20, 2011 2:33 PM CST
The daylilies always just look really scruffy after bloom is done and they just look like they need a bost. I don't think any harm is done if they don't get fertilized at this time but I think they grow better if they do.

If it is really hot and dry never use a really high nitrogen fertilizer. Wait on that until the cooler fall weather and rains.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 22, 2011 11:05 AM CST
I had really good timing with the fertilizer as we had nice rain yesterday late afternoon to wash it all in. I had also fertilised my blueberries but on those I used the Holly Tone bagged fertilizer. I had put it on heavy and it really stunk there in blueberry row. But now after the rain it washed that in also which is very good. Blueberries really needed it.
Name: Dick Henley
Central Ohio (Zone 6a)
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poplarcreek
Aug 23, 2011 8:34 PM CST
Speaking of Holly Tone, we put some around the tulips when they start to bloom. Keeps the deer and rabbits from dessert.
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Name: Dick Henley
Central Ohio (Zone 6a)
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poplarcreek
Aug 23, 2011 8:36 PM CST
If you fertilize that much, just be sure you don't get too much phosphate in your soil. Too much phosphate can hurt plant performance.
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Aug 23, 2011 9:24 PM CST
I don't fertilize much at all really. Not sure if you are referring to the fact that I was using the Holly Tone on the Blueberries but I hadn't fertilized them since last fall so they did really need it.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Sep 10, 2011 9:53 AM CST
I was really noticing how green the daylilies are now what with all the fertilizer I have given them and then the soaking rains to wash it all in. So very greeen, green, green and much greener than they were earlier in the season. I do know the daylilies love rain and believe me we have had plenty around here.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Sep 18, 2011 1:24 PM CST
It really does smell fishy around here, hee, hee, hee. Today I sprayed my Siberian Iris, my Blueberry Shrubs and all my daylilies with the Neptunes Liquid Seaweed Fertilizer. The stray cats and neighbor racoons should go crazy tonight trying to figgure out what smells so good to them LOL! I don't usually fertilize my daylilies in the fall but have been reading were most of the hybridizers recommend Fall fertilizing for good fan increase and growth. I do remember fall fertilizing that first year of my daylily crazies back in 2007 and those daylilies were just so lush and green that fall. But I did use a bagged fertilizer back then. Plant Tone in fact, which is what I usually use in the spring on the daylilies.

I have been using the neptune brand liquid Seaweed Fertilizer after bloom season for years and I used that twice after this bloom season. Between that and the rains I could really see my daylilies green up like crazy and the fans really are so very green now. I wonder if they could get any deeper green now that I added the fish fertilizer. Guess I will find out.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Sep 19, 2011 9:58 AM CST
I was happy to go out in the yard and have the smell gone or just about. Nothing to smell if you just stand in the yard but a slight wiff if you mend down and sniff the gardenbeds. Not like yesterday though when it really, really stunk.

I got it slighly wrong and misleading up top as I used the fish fertilizer so that is why it stinks so bad. I used the seaweed earlier in the summer. Just to have even more choices you can use the two together if you want just use half and half.

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