Daylilies forum: sebastian the crab

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Name: Joy Wooldridge
Kalama, Wa. (Zone 8b)
Sunset Zone 6, Heat zone 4,
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Joy
Jun 1, 2012 11:18 AM CST
I've been growing SEBASTIAN THE CRAB for 3 years now, but have never seen it bloom. I bought it from a local garden where it was doing very well, so I know it will grow in my climate. I paid more than I'll usually pay for a daylily because I wanted it so bad. I'm cheap. LOL
To my disappointment, I watched it go from 2 fans to 1 in a year. This spring it was turning yellow and wasn't growing so I did some investigating and discovered it had pulled it's self down too deep. I pulled it back up, but it continued to just sit there and yellow until finally the crown just fell off. All that was left were healthy looking roots and the bump where the crown used to be. Oh no, I lost it. And until the price for it goes down, I wouldn't be replacing it. Crying Instead of throwing it out as I'd done with other plants at this stage. I decided I'd try to rescue it if I could, though I really didn't think anything would work to bring it back, I wasn't ready to except it was lost so I was going to try anyway. I soaked the whole thing in a mild bleach bath for a few hours. Then I let it air dry and potted it up in new clean soil. The next week I gave it some alfalfa tea. This was about a month ago. The other day I looked down and noticed 2 new small crown starting to form on it. Oh Happy Day!!!! Hurray! Hurray! I remember reading somewhere once, that if you lose the crown, the plant is toast. Obviously, that's not the case. I'll no longer throw out any of my plants that fade away to just roots and a bump. As long as the roots are healthy, it can be saved. Smiling

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Thumb of 2012-06-01/Joy/57daae
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Name: Joy Wooldridge
Kalama, Wa. (Zone 8b)
Sunset Zone 6, Heat zone 4,
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Joy
Jun 1, 2012 11:18 AM CST
And here's a pic of the new growth.

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Name: Leslie Mauck
Chapin, SC (Zone 7b)
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LALAMBCHOP
Jun 1, 2012 11:38 AM CST
I'm glad it's coming back for you. It's a fun bloom.
Name: Joy Wooldridge
Kalama, Wa. (Zone 8b)
Sunset Zone 6, Heat zone 4,
Garden Photography Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Daylilies Lilies
Bulbs Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Seed Starter Container Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Cat Lover
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Joy
Jun 1, 2012 11:50 AM CST
Thanks Les. Might be some time before I see a bloom, but I'm happy that it's still alive. Smiling
No two gardens are the same. No two days are the same in one garden. ~Hugh Johnson

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