Daylilies forum: The power of Nitrogen

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Name: Gale
CentralWa (Zone 6a)
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GDJCB
Oct 7, 2016 4:21 PM CST
To my amazement, I just noticed a scape on a seedling, direct sowed out side in May. I planted these seeds, were the irrigation from the Field Corn field would hit them. Liquid Nitrogen is ran through the irrigation system several times during the growing system. I have become a believer that Nitrogen is the key for shorting the time for first bloom in Northern areas. I also had a high rate of first year bloom from my one-year-old seedling this summer, and am still having first time scapes showing up from them. I wanted to share this info, for other Northern seedling growers, to let them know that a high rate (over 50% for me) of bloom can be achieved in a year, for a zone 6a garden. I will add that I had no first year bloom of seedlings, before planting in a spot were they received regular high doses of Nitrogen. The rate of multiplying is also much higher for these seedling, I have multiple seedling planted this May, that have dived into two or three fans already.

Seedling planted May, 2016
Thumb of 2016-10-07/GDJCB/23ab67


Seedlings planted in 2015
Thumb of 2016-10-07/GDJCB/278f9b


One-year-old seedling blooming today, over 40" scape
Thumb of 2016-10-07/GDJCB/089f57

Name: Deryll Keatting
Nevada, Ohio (Zone 5a)
Deryll
Oct 7, 2016 6:02 PM CST
I am in zone 5a and use granular nitrogen fertilizer SPARINGLY several times during the growing season with the same results. I have
access to the liquid, but prefer the granular because I also use it in my vegetable garden and certain fruits.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Oct 7, 2016 6:10 PM CST
Please re-assure me that you mean "a liquid solution containing nitrogen fertilizer, such as diluted ammonia or urea".

You CAN'T mean "liquid nitrogen = liquified air = -321 degrees Fahrenheit"

I think irrigation tubing and sprayers would shatter on contact.


Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Oct 8, 2016 7:11 AM CST
Rick I am no scientist, but it is referred to as liquid nitrogen in the farming communities.
http://www.omex.co.uk/fertiliser/liquid-nitrogen-fertilisers...
Name: Sabrina
Italy, Brescia (Zone 8b)
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cybersix
Oct 8, 2016 7:55 AM CST
Good to know Larry! Thanks for sharing! I used a granular fertilizer with high nitrogen this past spring on my adult plants, and they bloomed like crazy.
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Name: Gale
CentralWa (Zone 6a)
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GDJCB
Oct 8, 2016 10:16 AM CST
Rick, yes it is a liquid solution, as Larry stated, it is just referred to as liquid nitrogen. I also use the slow release bb's for the rest of my garden, 16-16-16, I think I may try something with a higher N, based on how much better the Daylilies hit by the circle perform.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Oct 10, 2016 3:05 PM CST
Seedfork said:Rick I am no scientist, but it is referred to as liquid nitrogen in the farming communities.
http://www.omex.co.uk/fertiliser/liquid-nitrogen-fertilisers...


That is good to know! At work we have "liquid nitrogen" deliveries every week or two: big cryogenic tank trucks and pipes covered in ice. Now I know it has a second meaning.

They said:
>> "Three sources of nitrogen; ammonium, nitrate and urea."

So it is a fairly generic term, not one specific kind of fertilizer. But all-N, no P or K.

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