Daylilies forum: Hello! A question about cutting scapes!

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Name: Sabrina
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cybersix
Dec 5, 2015 2:51 AM CST
Hi everyone, I have a maybe stupid question: here is getting cold, we have some light freezin at night, and day temperature is about 40F.
My Stella de Oro has a lot of scapes with buds but they don't bloom, it's too cold and almost no sunlight; also it's getting yellow for the most part, I think it's ready to "die" for the winter.

Do you think I can cut scapes and put it in water inside to see if the bloom?

Many thanks!
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
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Hemlady
Dec 5, 2015 5:52 AM CST
I would give it a try. I have done it before. They are not always the best blooms but I have had some open for me.
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Dec 5, 2015 6:03 AM CST
It would depend how close they are to opening and how much they have been damaged by the frost. If they're advanced enough and weren't frozen then they should open indoors.
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
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Hemlady
Dec 5, 2015 6:14 AM CST
I agree
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Name: Mayo
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Mayo62
Dec 6, 2015 7:06 AM CST
they will not bloom anymore as long as they are outside, so you don't have anything to lose by cutting them Thumbs up


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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Dec 6, 2015 7:30 AM CST
I'd certainly give it a go! Put it by a sunny inside window! You might be surprised and get a scape or two.
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Name: Sabrina
Italy, Brescia (Zone 8b)
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cybersix
Dec 11, 2015 5:18 AM CST
They aren't blooming! I can't put them near a sunny window, because of the cats.
The buds are dying, the experiment seems with no results!

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Name: Sue
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sooby
Dec 11, 2015 5:56 AM CST
Perhaps they were too immature or they were damaged by the frost. Cut scapes don't need to be right by a window. Can you post a picture?
Name: Sabrina
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cybersix
Dec 11, 2015 8:31 AM CST
Thanks @sooby, apparently they don't have any sign of damage. Here are some pics:

the ones in the vase
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the fallen buds (inside)
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on the plant:
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strange "double" scapes
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There are many "double scapes" on the plant, never saw a scape like these Confused
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
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Hemlady
Dec 11, 2015 8:33 AM CST
I had a scape do that too but I think on my scape the buds were just not developed enough.
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Dec 11, 2015 8:43 AM CST
It may just be that they weren't close enough to opening. When I've brought scapes in the largest bud will open if close enough to when it would have opened outdoors but the likelihood of the others opening diminished with decreasing bud size. They look a little abnormally shaped, at least some do (lopsided may mean a pest problem).

The double scapes are called fasciation. This is just one of those odd things that can happen to plants, not just daylilies, during early development.

Fasciation:
http://www.daylilies.org/ahs_dictionary/fasciation.html
Name: Sabrina
Italy, Brescia (Zone 8b)
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cybersix
Dec 11, 2015 8:53 AM CST
Lopsided? Pests? Crying
I didn't noticed it! I read that fasciation can be caused by pests too.. I really hope there are no pests with this freezing cold!

Maybe they are too far from being ready to open so it would be normal they don't bloom at all.

I hate pests. Grumbling
Sabrina, North Italy
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Dec 11, 2015 9:11 AM CST
Perhaps they were a little damaged by cold on one side and not the other. If they're not within a few days of opening they're less likely to be successful indoors but it was worth a try.

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