Daylilies forum: Transplanting Daylily with Rotten Tubers...

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Name: William
Fairport, NY (Zone 6a)
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Gareson
May 15, 2020 1:11 PM CST
I planted a bare root daylily a couple of months ago and when I realized it was being overshadowed by older, more mature plants nearby I decided to move it today(I didn't place it very wisely and its older neighbors were arching over it). Even though the plant looks fairly green and healthy above the crown, about 80-85% of the tubers were fairly rotten. I am wondering if the unusually cold late April and May that we experienced affected it.

I moved it to a new spot where it would get plenty of sun but now I am wondering...
-Should I just let it try to recuperate in its new spot and not unsettle it again
-Should I remove it and try to dry it out before resettling again?

Just curious if anyone has any suggestions. Again, the fans, though small, are a vibrant green and healthy...but the tubers/roots look very wet and shriveled.

Any advice would be welcomed.
"The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love".~Galatians 5:6
Name: Maryl
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
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Maryl
May 15, 2020 2:41 PM CST
This is a good question. In this cold weather with the ground temperatures not warming up combined with wet soil it sure can lead to roots rotting. 80-85% seems pretty serious. Unless you expect a sudden and continued warm up you might consider pulling the daylily, letting it dry a day or so and then potting it up in a container with well drained potting mix (lots of perlite). This way you can at least control the moisture, and the temperature of the pot placed out in the sun will heat up more quickly then in the ground. I'd cut back the top growth by about 1/2 to compensate for the green growth it's putting out with so few roots........All the luck to you.......Maryl
Name: William
Fairport, NY (Zone 6a)
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Gareson
May 15, 2020 4:15 PM CST
Maryl,
Thanks for your thoughtful response.
~William
"The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love".~Galatians 5:6

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