Daylilies forum: Caring for custard candy daylillies

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Name: Mike Granato
Mastic,New York (Zone 7a)
MikeAG2012
Jul 19, 2016 1:59 PM CST
I am caring for my fathers plants. His yard has a lot of trees and he bought two custard candy daylilly plants and asked me to plant them. Instead of digging up and damaging tree roots I put one of the plants in a pot and another I created an elevation from the ground using brick and soil , in other words , I stacked brick to form a square, put the plant in the middle of the bricks and filled around the plant with soil . I wanted to know if it was ok to grow these plants the way I planted them and also I noticed when I tried to loosen the root ball on one I couldn"t, the roots were wrapped around real tight, is there anything I can do about that?We live on Long Island, New York so your aware of the climate we have, Thanks.
Mike G
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 19, 2016 2:27 PM CST
What you did was great, Mike. Well done. Those daylilies would have trouble getting established amongst a bunch of tree roots.

But, will they get enough sun where you planted them? The one in the pot is easily moved, but the other one that you built the little raised bed for, I hope the tree isn't shading it too much?

Also, how big is the pot you put the other one in? Daylilies grow very large root systems with thick roots and rhizomes that will send up next year's flowers. They need quite a bit of elbow room to grow well into a clump.

As far as the tangled roots, the thing to do is just to untangle and loosen the root ball as delicately as you can with your fingers (or chop sticks work well too) before planting, and spread the roots out so they are more or less fanned out and downwards from the crown of the plant. Sometimes soaking the plant in a bucket for a little while helps to loosen up a massed root ball, too.

It's most often not a good idea to just plant a root-bound plant like that without untangling at least some of the outer roots because it will often just keep going round and round, choking itself and not venture out into the new soil the way it should to properly grow.
Elaine

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plantladylin
Jul 19, 2016 2:28 PM CST
Hi Mike, Welcome! Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Custard Candy') sure is a beauty!

I can't offer any tips on planting but I did direct the aficionado's from our Daylily Forum: http://garden.org/forums/view/daylilies/ to come over here and hopefully someone will pop in with tips and advice for you soon.

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Gleni
Jul 19, 2016 3:57 PM CST
Welcome to NGA MikeAG2012 Welcome! Welcome!
Name: Mike Granato
Mastic,New York (Zone 7a)
MikeAG2012
Jul 20, 2016 11:24 AM CST
Thanks everyone for the welcomes and help Smiling To Elaine, they are in a mostly sunny spot, will try soaking in water to loosen the root ball, and here is a picture of the pot it is in , it is about 11 inches tall and at its widest spot a foot wide.
Thumb of 2016-07-20/MikeAG2012/2a0aba
Thanks again
Mike G
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 20, 2016 11:43 AM CST
The pot looks good, Mike. The little brick raised bed you made might need to be expanded a bit wider though. In general you did a great job.
Elaine

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