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Name: Regina
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scflowers
Jul 18, 2015 3:13 PM CST
I would like some input from those of you that grow Wispy Rays. I have already saved it once this year when it arrived from crown rot. I potted it and actually saved it--with my lack of abilities on potting daylilies. Pure luck I guess.

Anyway, I'm searching for a good spot for it in the garden, and need to know if it can take a good deal of sun. I have Ruby Spider (one of the parents) and know it can take full sun all day without fading the bloom. Can Wispy Rays also take many hours of sun without fading away or getting that droopy look that so many others do?

Thanks in advance for your advice.

Regina
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Frillylily
Jul 18, 2015 3:20 PM CST
it does ok here in full sun, but I am zone 6.
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kidfishing
Jul 18, 2015 3:23 PM CST
I just got it it this year and loved the flower!
It pretty much looked the same after a hot day.
It's in full sun like most of my daylilies.
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Name: Regina
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scflowers
Jul 18, 2015 4:45 PM CST
Thanks Frillylily and Ashton for your info.
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Joy
Jul 18, 2015 4:59 PM CST
Yes, Wispy Rays does very well in full sun for me too.
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beckygardener
Jul 18, 2015 6:35 PM CST
That is one on my wish list for the past year. It is beautiful and I hope it likes wherever you plant it, Regina!
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Name: Regina
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scflowers
Jul 18, 2015 8:45 PM CST
Thanks, Joy. I am scouting a good spot in the bed that gets lots of sun.

Becky, I found a good deal on it (along with too many others Smiling ) this spring. Can't wait to see it bloom, but it will probably be next year since it got stressed. Will have to enjoy others' photos until then!
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daylilydreams
Jul 19, 2015 10:43 AM CST
I remember when I got Wispy Rays my DH brought the package in the house and said "I think this box is empty". There were two small fans in the box, I planted them the next year only one came back. This spring I purchased from another person (received better fans) and added more fans to the single one hoping to get a nice clump going. I saw this in someone else's garden and it is very eyecatching. By the way my single fan did bloom so by adding more I should end up having a clump if I am patient.
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Name: Regina
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scflowers
Jul 19, 2015 11:42 PM CST
I may have to add more fans next year too since my double fan is now a single Sad

But I may just give it some time; if it's a decent increaser it may still look good by bloom time next year. Just glad I saved it! I lost Angel Rodgers from the same order and will have to find a different vendor to repurchase as I didn't have great luck with any of the plants I had with this order. Most places I've dealt with have been great, but this one was tiny fans that I'm sure were not mature Sad

On a positive side, I ordered many daylilies this year and most all other people were kind and sent fantastic plants, even the ones I ordered from more northern climates (where fans are often expected to be smaller).
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stilldew
Jul 20, 2015 3:36 AM CST
Mine does great in ful sun. Always very pretty.
Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Jul 20, 2015 6:09 AM CST
Regina - I don't know if this is helpful or not, but ... During the heat of summer, many of my daylilies will go semi-dormant to cope with the hot temperatures, lack of enough water, and intense sun. But under the soil is a party going on as the roots have not stopped growing and spreading outward. I know that may not be true of all cultivars, but it sure is true of most of the daylilies I grow in my heat stressed garden beds. When the summer temps decline, then I often see new leaf growth on mine. Smaller plants (1-2 fans) seem to be most likely to do this, as they aren't big enough to provide a lot of shade beneath them to keep their roots cool. Just a thought ....
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Frillylily
Jul 20, 2015 9:26 AM CST
I have moved dl in the summer and they did fine for me. They do die back and look pitiful though for a while. If you are just moving them you can get the dirt with them mostly and water well and they will keep going like nothing happened.

Name: Regina
Warrenville, SC (Zone 8a)
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scflowers
Jul 20, 2015 10:10 AM CST
beckygardener said:Regina - I don't know if this is helpful or not, but ... During the heat of summer, many of my daylilies will go semi-dormant to cope with the hot temperatures, lack of enough water, and intense sun. But under the soil is a party going on as the roots have not stopped growing and spreading outward. I know that may not be true of all cultivars, but it sure is true of most of the daylilies I grow in my heat stressed garden beds. When the summer temps decline, then I often see new leaf growth on mine. Smaller plants (1-2 fans) seem to be most likely to do this, as they aren't big enough to provide a lot of shade beneath them to keep their roots cool. Just a thought ....


Becky, thanks for the info--I have this happen sometime here in SC, too. The plants I spoke of were just not great from the start.

I started a new bed, and planted all my new ones (from different sources) together in that bed. I figured if they needed to be treated for anything, it would be easy to have them all together in one place. After getting the bed completed and a couple of weeks had passed, you could tell without looking at tags which ones came from a certain grower. It is just a case of live and learn on my part; I saved all the plants but one (Angel Rodgers) and it will be easy to replace next year, if I still want it.

Now, after a few months of growth, I'm finally seeing some new leaves and healthier looking plants. It's starting to look like a flower bed now and not just sprigs of grass sticking up Smiling

Now I need some other perennials to plant in around my daylilies Smiling I'm going to check out the clearance racks at the big box stores for that!


Name: Regina
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Jul 20, 2015 10:18 AM CST
Frillylily said:I have moved dl in the summer and they did fine for me. They do die back and look pitiful though for a while. If you are just moving them you can get the dirt with them mostly and water well and they will keep going like nothing happened.



Thanks, Frillylily. I admit that I move mine when the mood strikes me sometimes, and don't wait until it's cool enough. Sometimes it's just easier to see how something looks with others if they're blooming.
I am a teacher, and when school is starting back is when most people start to divide and move their dls. After working all day and my health issues, I usually just can't find time or the strength to get it done at such a hectic time.
Although after a long day with middle schoolers, my favorite thing to do is to work in the garden. It relaxes me and gives me time to unwind from the day. My friends think I'm nuts...but I know many people here that do the same thing after a long day's work Sticking tongue out
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beckygardener
Jul 20, 2015 10:48 AM CST
Regina - I absolutely understand! I work at a school as an ESE teacher assistant. I would never, ever want to be a teacher ... even for the little bit of extra pay (so not worth it for all the after hours work teachers do!). I am often wiped out after work, but do like to go putter (pull a few weeds here and there and deadhead some plants), but digging is NOT on the agenda until the weekend or a no school day if I have the time between doing laundry, cleaning house, grocery shopping, etc. I also work summer school, so I get a VERY short summer break. But much of my major gardening (moving plants) is done during the weeks before school starts in August (which I have to be very careful of as I've had a close call with heat exhaustion) or during Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Spring breaks. I sometimes joke to my co-workers and tell them I am glad to be back in school so I can rest! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! When I do the major gardening projects, it is very physical work and I do it all alone. No helpers willing - here at my house, even though there are 2 male family members living with me. (I've got some muscles in my arms and I am one tough cookie when it comes to lifting 40-60 lb bags or hardscaping that is concrete! Hilarious! Hilarious! )

Gardening (puttering) is VERY relaxing to me after an exhausting and stressful day. It helps me to unwind and calm down like nothing else I've found. Gives me a much needed mental break, too. Smiling Smiling Smiling Must be the strain of bacterium in soil, Mycobacterium vaccae, which has been found to trigger the release of seratonin - See more info about that at:
http://www.hortmag.com/blogs/gardening-blog/dirt-can-make-yo...
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Jul 20, 2015 4:11 PM CST
Gardening is the only thing that really relieves my stress.
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Pat236
Oct 15, 2015 8:34 AM CST
I got my WISPY RAYS fans from an ebay order a couple of weeks ago...a nice double fan. I can't wait until the spring to see how she looks. On the ATP database she looks very similar to MARS ATTACK.
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Mayo62
Oct 15, 2015 8:52 AM CST
[quote="beckygardener"] Must be the strain of bacterium in soil, Mycobacterium vaccae, which has been found to trigger the release of seratonin - See more info about that at:
]http://www.hortmag.com/blogs/gardening-blog/dirt-can-make-yo...


Wow!
VERY interesting! Thumbs up Thumbs up


Thank You!
Mayo
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Frillylily
Oct 15, 2015 8:55 AM CST
Sounds like we should have dirt w our breakfast tea instead of our usual Xanax
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Joy
Oct 15, 2015 6:54 PM CST
I've used milorganite and alfalfa pellets with success on single fans and got increase quickly. Now I use it on most of my plants . Not just dayliles and get great results. You may not have to buy more wispy rays if you try this. I've had plants clump up faster and had more bloom when using these when planting. I absolutely swear by milorganite and alfalfa pellets
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