Planting seeds from Stella d'Oro & other daylilies - Knowledgebase Question

chicago, Il
Question by hunterra
September 4, 2010
This year I collected a bunch of seeds from Stella D'Oro and other daylilies but don't know what to do with them as far as when to plant them and where, in pots indoors before transplanting them outdoors or outdoors in the garden and when. Thank you


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Answer from NGA
September 4, 2010

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If you allowed the seedpods to remain on the plants until they were dry and before they popped open, the seeds are mature and may be viable. Not all seeds produced by hybrid daylilies will be viable but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try to germinate them. Make sure the seeds are completely dry and simply store them in a cool, dark location over the winter months. Up to 10 weeks before the last frost in your zone and at the minimum of 3 weeks put each seed in a plastic sandwich bag with 2 teaspoons of water and a small piece of paper to absorb excess moisture. Squeeze out air, seal, label and refrigerate.

Check daily for sprouts and pot up the sprouting seeds. All seeds should be potted, sprouted or not, in 3-4 weeks. Seeds may be sown in flats or pots, ? inch deep. Water the seedlings and place the pots in a bright window or under grow- lights. After the last frost, transplant out into the new garden location. If the weather chills down again, mulch your new plants to keep them warm; if you get a hot spell be sure to water well. The new plants may not bloom the first year but as long as there is leaf growth they should be bloom in the second year. Just nurture them along with the rest of the garden next spring and summer.

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