I contacted an extention agent and then they have sent the pictures of my daylilies with the buds basically in the ground poking out and trying to open their blooms
are now forwarded to a plant
pathologist at a university last week for his opinion.
First the agent asked did you use copper sulfate
to spray them last year for rust prevention
I hung my head as I heard that question asked of me on the phone..YES.
so while I am waiting...for the plant pathologist to answer my letter
I researched copper sulfate to see if it stays in the soil for years and if it will cause stunting and bud deformity for years to come in these
once striking and beautiful tall blooming daylilies?
It is possible that the plant DNA or a better word for it
has been altered by the copper sulfate..
I am not a plant pathologist...but I do have common
sense and a curiosity as to why something happened to my adored and valuable plants.
I can never remove that much soil two foot down in two daylily flower beds if the copper sulfate will be in that soil and cause problems for years to come in any perennial that would be replanted in those two flower beds...
nor pay for those plants again...
nor the labor physical..
Here is what they used to look like before copper sulfate sprayed twice a month and measured in water correctly by me.
Here are stunted plants with lots of buds growing out of the dirt...and flowers opening at ground level and crowded and not able to open because they are not on a scape or stem..
All were 34 inches tall and most up to 38 inch blooming daylilies..
you will see pictures of how they looked before last year.