Planting seeds - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by lb6507
September 27, 2009
I have seeds from the pods of my day lilies. When is the best time to plant them to have them come up and bloom for spring and summer?


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Answer from NGA
September 27, 2009

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First, the disclaimer. All day lilies are hybrids; their genetics are a product of generations of tinkering and the new plants that sprout from your seeds may be identical or they may be completely different than the parent. Unfortunately some modern day lilies are genetically modified to be sterile so that the plant can be patented and not sold or recreated by anyone but the patent holder. In basic terms, the seeds you harvested may not sprout at all. With that said, you can store the seeds over the winter months by placing them in a paper envelope and sealing it in a plastic bag or jar with a lid. Keep them in a cool dark place until ready for the next step. 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 inside a larger container.

Check daily for sprouts and pot up the sprouting seeds. All seeds should be potted, sprouted or not in 3-4 weeks. Or, seeds may be sown in flats or pots, 1/2 inch deep. Water the Daylily seedlings and place in a bright window or under growing lights. After the last frost, transplant to the garden. If the weather chills down again, mulch 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 there should be bloom in the second year. Just nurture them along with the rest of the garden. Best wishes with your seed starting venture.

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