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Name: Shannon
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Shannon
Mar 11, 2012 6:48 PM CST
Was cleaning my gardens today and I found one with Weird colored leaves. Going to
keep my eyes on this one Blinking
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tink3472
Mar 11, 2012 8:46 PM CST
If you are talking about the veining of lighter and darker colors it's called Chlorosis. Here's a link on the AHS dictionary about it http://www.daylilies.org/ahs_dictionary/chlorosis.html and here http://www.daylilies.org/ahs_dictionary/interveinal_chlorosi...

It could just be because it is a dormant and just needs some sun to green it up or it could be the other problems mentioned in the above links.

I had one like that that had been in a pot for awhile and just needed some TLC with nutrients so I planted in one of the beds and added the usual alfalfa pellets, chicken litter, milorganite, slow release fertilizer plus I gave it some ironite and a little epson salt and it's just about back to normal. I did recently have a whole 4' x 30' bed of daylilies start to do this and the problem was the soil ph was way too high so the plants weren't getting any nutrients. The culprit to the high ph was the chciken litter that was added to the bed. I had added it at planting, but then went back a month or so later and topped dressed it. What I didn't realize at the time is the chicken litter had been changed from what I normally use; it had 10% calcium in it, which added to my already correct ph made it go way to high.
What I did to correct the problem was poured some water soluble Aluminum Sulfate ( the kind hydrangea growers use to blue up their plants) into the soil around each daylily at 1/2 strength so as not to lower the ph too much or fast and then I sprayed liquid chelated iron (with other nutrients) as a foliar spray to give the daylilies some quick nutrients. I plan to take a soil sample to our local extention office for a ph test (they will do the ph test for free here) to make sure it has been corrected.

Hope this helps
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Casshigh
Mar 11, 2012 10:03 PM CST
I plan to take some soil samples to our county extenstion agent later this week. I think that our ph is off, too, probably too acidic. It will be good to find out what we need to add.

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mistyfog
Mar 11, 2012 10:13 PM CST
The dormants here are doing that now. Noticed it last year also, and wondered about
nutrients and pH. Fortunately, in a few days of warming temps, they greened up
nicely. Just as Michele says, it could be a simple natural fix or needing other
soil corrections.
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Shannon
Mar 12, 2012 6:37 AM CST
Thanks..Im getting ready to start potting everyone up for the move. Do you think the
Miracle Grow potting soil will help ? This is the only Funny one
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lilylady
Mar 12, 2012 6:53 AM CST
Nope
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Shannon
Mar 12, 2012 7:34 AM CST
Ok then what do I do for it once I get it potted up ? I can get some alfalfa pellets and I
have Fish emulsion & Miracle grow. Should I feed it ?

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Name: Michele
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tink3472
Mar 12, 2012 7:45 AM CST
IMHO I would think it just depends on the culprit. If it's just because it needs sun then I would think that potting it in whatever you plant to pot the others in would be fine. What are planning to use for the others, the MG as well?

I personally wouldn't use straight Miracle Grow potting soil, I would mix in some pine bark with it. Mona (monalisa18 on here) uses the Miracle Grow potting MIx with pine bark at a 50% ratio I believe and hers do fine. I just use straight pine bark mixed with 10% sand (along with the other stuff mentioned above)

If it's just for short term potting then it should be ok since the ph would be better (which is supposed to be around 6.5) than the soil it's in now if that's the reason for the chlorisis. Plus it does have fertilizer in it for nutrients. Here's what is in the potting mix. I would think the "some contain Osmocote' would refer to the mixes that feed for up to 6 months.

POTTING SOIL: **Peat moss (the major component that is harvested from natural peat bogs) **compost (the compost may contain animal manures, composted leaves, grass clippings, and/or composted bark). **perlite (white volcanic rocks used for drainage and soil texture) **Some contain 'Osmocote' fertilizer that looks like small clear fluid-filled balls

Hope this helps

Edited to add:

We crossed posted. Yes you should feed it no matter what you pot it up in. The fish emulsion is great and alfalfa is awesome. I also use Miracle Grow water soluble. Some people wait a few weeks or a little more to begin foiliar fertilizing to give the roots some time to reestablish.
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Name: Shannon
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Shannon
Mar 12, 2012 8:25 AM CST
OK ..Im off to get some pine bark mulch and mix them in 50/50 . They will problerly
be in pots for a while 2/3 months. I guess this plant just wants to be Fussy Glare
The others look OK.

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