Daylilies forum: Seeking Planting Advise

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Name: Nancy
Downers Grove, IL (Zone 5b)
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nancyindg
Jun 5, 2020 3:12 PM CST
I've been doing a lot of buying the last couple of weeks, mostly from eBay, Lily Auction (bought 6 different plants from one seller) and local nurseries. There are some eBay sellers who sell 2 fans of a plant but state that they may arrive as single plants, rather than attached. I got a few of those today. I am very experienced with dividing and planting my own daylilies and do plant, in their own spots, single fans that might have broken off from the main clump. But are their any thoughts as to whether I should use one hole for quite modest/small sized fans that arrived as two separate plants or should I give them each their own spots? Mostly I'm wondering if they are likely to do as well separate as they would together. Thanks.
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Jun 5, 2020 3:21 PM CST
Depends upon your goal. I do not have unlimited space so I would plant them together. Also I may get a clump quicker. If you want plants in different locations plant them separately. I don't think either choice will affect the individual fan growth.
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Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Jun 5, 2020 3:24 PM CST
When I was new to daylilies one of the things everyone seemed to agree on was that single fans did not do as well as multiple fans when planted. I have yet to see any scientific study that looked into that and agreed with it, but surely there must be some out their for so many people to be stating it as fact?
I have tried to avoid single fans when acquiring daylilies, but the few I have ended up with have mostly done quite well. I only have one that just seems to refuse to grow, but I'll give it another year and see how it does.
I normally will plant two single fans received as a double fan together in one hole. If I know I am going to trade or give someone that plant I will sometimes plant the two fans in separate holes.
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Name: Nancy
Downers Grove, IL (Zone 5b)
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nancyindg
Jun 6, 2020 8:40 AM CST
Thanks Larry and Paul. I'll have to see how much space I have when I get my new daylily bed established. As it turns out I inadvertently double ordered this plant (two sellers) and now already have more of it than I intended so I'll probably put the two single fans in the same hole.

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