Seedfork said:That is an interesting question, but I am not sure anyone but you can answer it. It is not just a matter of how much space is needed but how much time, money and energy you have to devote to it. It depends how how you plan to grow your plants...just let them grow on their on or really nurture them to get the best performance out of them? That could be high cost for disease prevention and insect control, high costs for fertilizer, and a high water bill...are you going to be buying the very latest in plant varieties? That would limit my needed amount of space pretty quickly. This is not meant as an answer to your question but just to point out how each individual person will have different needs for the amount of space needed for their daylily growing hobby.
Davi said:I think your goals are quite reasonable if you have an acre of property. There are negatives in having too much property...it is easy to let culling and the clearing of seedling beds go which leaves unnecessary maintenance. You can easily do 6,000 to 7,000+ seedlings on a 3 to 4 year rotation with an acre of tillable ground.
If at all possible I would choose to live where my seedlings are because part of the evaluation process is comparing how the flowers look at different times of the day....and taking a break to walk thru your garden without having to travel is one of life's greatest pleasures! Fencing two properties sounds expensive!
Could the sale of some of the wood from the forested area pay for building some sort of bridge across the creek?
The loggers have the same issue... no access... I have a nice for bridge suitable for ATV but no way big machines are going over... they could just drive across but they won't risk crossing water... wetland issues with the DNR and even if i get permission they wont drive thru water even though it's just 2 ft deep
Seedfork said:I was thinking about the type of temporary bridges they use in the military, for heavy equipment to cross streams, creeks and rivers? But there is probably some regulation to prevent that also. Glad the pioneers did not have all those rules to follow.
Sscape said:A friend of mine a few years ago went crazy and planted an acre of daylilies, with plans for another two or thee more. They are now a field of weeds/grass at least three feet tall and so thick you cannot see the ground, let alone any daylily seedlings that survived. Give lots of consideration to how it will be laid-out, and how weeds will be controlled. In your zone it will take at least 3 to 4 years to grow the seeds to blooming size and select for further evaluation. Weeds can quickly overcome the best intentions.