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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Oct 20, 2015 10:01 PM CST
I have grown some daylilies for 30 years. I am not an afficionado nor a collector of numerous species. But I have grown perhaps a dozen or so varieties.

Until today, I had never seen a daylily proliferation. At a gardener friends house I noticed what appeared to be new plants growing on the scapes of one type they had. There were none on their other varieties.

Researching tonight I found these are baby plants. (The are just like keikis that will grow on orchids - particularly phalaenopsis. I am well aware of these cause I have 8 growing right now.) They will be an exact clone of the mother plant. Cool Big Grin

They offered to give them to me but I was not sure what to do with them until I had researched what they were. nodding Tomorrow, I will return and cut all those that have roots or appear that they will make roots.

Since it is so late in the season, if I pot them up it will take a few weeks before they vecome established. By then we will likely be in a deep freeze. What should I do? I have never over wintered daylily indoors, yet one article suggested as much.

Tell me about your experience with daylily proliferations. Thanks
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Name: Suga
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Suga
Oct 20, 2015 10:20 PM CST
I have planted proliferation sin pots without any problems. If the roots aren't large you can put them in some water (this is what I've done right or wrong,) to let the roots get bigger, then I dust them with some rootone and plant them. In the winter those that are dormant I'll die back. They are building are good root system. They will come back big a beautiful next year!
Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Oct 20, 2015 10:31 PM CST
My concern is my zone. I guess I could pot them up and sink the pots in my nursery area.

I was also wondering how these work in nature. After couple hours of research, I found nothing. I guess they will do like orchid keikis. Fall off eventually and if nature sees her way, they will hit the dirt, orient themselves and grow. But in my zone at the time they did this, the soil will likely be froze.
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Cinta
Oct 21, 2015 12:18 AM CST
David i do not know if it was right but i just planted it next to the mother plant and mulched it heavy. It did not have roots just the thick bulb. One thing i did do was i cut the stem and planted it attached to the stem. It worked.
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Oct 21, 2015 6:44 AM CST
I've always done it as Cinta does it and they grow despite the cool weather.

Little Wine Cup has the greatest number of proliferations:


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Arla (an oldie but it blooms into November) also has many of them.


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Mulching them very well will help since it is so late in the season.

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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Oct 21, 2015 8:11 AM CST
Thanks for the encouragement and reinforcement. Will go cut them today. I always can use some extra plants. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Oct 21, 2015 8:26 AM CST
Good luck!
Name: Donald
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needrain
Oct 21, 2015 8:34 AM CST
David,

I posted my method in the Daylily forum last year:

The thread "proliferations" in Daylilies forum

There was more info from others in the thread, too. Mine were kept in the house in front of a window for a while, but they did survive the winter after planting. I only had one this year on Lilting Belle and it didn't have roots when I collected it (the others didn't either but they formed earlier in the season). It will probably spend the winter inside as a result.

Donald
Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Oct 21, 2015 9:10 AM CST
Thanks for that link Donald. I tip my hat to you.
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jimard8
Oct 21, 2015 11:40 PM CST
A made from a tube , I take those leaf babies and set them in water , like the top of a water bottle , they root in a few days like 3 to 8 days , and plant them ,
Unfortunately , the parent plant died from being wasted on , however a few people have starts made from the scapes doing the propagation ,
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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Oct 22, 2015 7:21 PM CST
I have my proliferations in water now. ~ a dozen. The folks that gave them to me could not remember the color, let alone the variety. nodding But hey I love daylilies AND free plants even more. Rolling on the floor laughing
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