growing daylillies from seed pods - Knowledgebase Question

Middlebury, Co
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Question by rnct64
October 25, 2009
can you plant the dry seeds that you have taken from the daylilly pods directly in the ground within the next couple weeks in Ct.? Or do you still need to keep them in the refrigerator on a moist papertowel in a plastic baggie or sterile moist moss in the refrigerator in a baggie over winter and plant them in the spring? Also,how long does it take to grow them from seed?

Answer from NGA
October 25, 2009
Most daylily seeds benefit from stratification (a cold treatment). However, the seeds must be completely dry if they are to be frozen. So if your seeds have been freshly harvested and are still plump and moist, it would be best to keep them in the refrigerator and plant them out in the spring. If you collected your seeds in mid- to late-summer and they are dry, you can plant them in the garden now and the freezing temperatures won't harm them. Or, you can plant them in pots indoors and keep them in a cool room (65F or less). They will sprout and grow and be ready to plant outdoors next spring.

It will take your new daylilies about two growing seasons before they will be mature enough to flower.

Good luck with your project!

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