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Mar 8, 2021 9:04 AM CST
Name: Tina McGuire
KY (Zone 6b)
So, decided to trim seedling foliage. Running out of vertical space again. Found two more scapes on different seedlings!
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pics of seedling HB23-21 X Lillian's Illusive Eyes. Seed purchased from Spunky1 on the LA.
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pics of second Creative Design X Apophis seedling to have a scape.
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Mar 8, 2021 9:22 AM CST
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
Bee Lover Ponds Peonies Irises Garden Art Dog Lover
Daylilies Cat Lover Region: Canadian Butterflies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters
How exciting! I can't wait to see the blooms. Hurray!
Touch_of_sky on the LA
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Mar 8, 2021 9:57 AM CST
Name: Kenny Shively
Rineyville, KY. region 10. (Zone 6b)
Region: Kentucky Daylilies Hybridizer
Amazing seedlings Tina. Hurray! How old did you say they are. Fantastic job on your seedlings I tip my hat to you. What do you feed them? They look so healthy. Keep up the good work. Smiling
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Mar 8, 2021 11:18 AM CST
Name: Tina McGuire
KY (Zone 6b)
They are in Biomix with Osmocote Plus added to each plug when planting. That's it for fertilizing, nothing more added. Used T8 bulbs this year. Was afraid they would get too hot upstairs (metal roof), and in my experience T5 HO runs mighty hot. Seems to have worked out well, but I miss seeing them all the time like when they were downstairs. Thanks for the kind comments. We newbies are amazed at everything! Just can't help it. Edited to add that first seedling is approx 3 months (cross germinated 12/10), second is approx 6 weeks.
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Mar 8, 2021 12:50 PM CST
Name: Ashton & Terry
Jones, OK (Zone 7a)
Windswept Farm & Gardens
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Those plants look exceptional. We don't grow indoors anymore so we are always waiting 2 years to see seedling blooms. I am sure your methods and care are way above average. I had 2 first year seedlings bloom last year out of more than 5000.
What a treat to see buds so soon.
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Mar 8, 2021 1:33 PM CST
Name: Tina McGuire
KY (Zone 6b)
Thanks @kidfishing! I will never tire of this. Smiling
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Mar 8, 2021 1:48 PM CST
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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I have shortened Iris seedlings before with no Ill effect. I thought it encouraged increase,
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Mar 8, 2021 1:56 PM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
Annuals Native Plants and Wildflowers Keeps Horses Dog Lover Daylilies Region: Canadian
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Paul2032 said:I have shortened Iris seedlings before with no Ill effect. I thought it encouraged increase,


Mowing grass does encourage increase ("tillering") but with daylilies you would want the initial plant to get bigger so that it gets to flowering size earlier, whereas in theory encouraging increase should delay flowering if the fans are then smaller. Trimming leaves reduces the amount of food for growth that the plant can make from light, so you don't want to cut off too much or do it too often if you can avoid it.
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Mar 8, 2021 3:29 PM CST
Name: Tina McGuire
KY (Zone 6b)
I had to trim last year also, don't like it. But they all recovered well and I had several bloom the year of planting. Still, I will have nightmares about these ALL dying. Just hate to cut a healthy leaf.
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Mar 8, 2021 3:32 PM CST
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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I just trim off any leaf tip that gets burnt if it touches the lights. Also, any early ones that die off. I leave as much leaf as possible.
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Mar 9, 2021 8:54 PM CST
Name: Maurice
Grey County, Ontario (Zone 4b)
@beenthere Two seedlings of the cross Creative Design X Apophis have produced scapes - how many seeds in total of the same cross germinated? Did you also plant seeds of the reciprocal cross Apophis x Creative Design?
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Mar 9, 2021 9:12 PM CST
Name: Tina McGuire
KY (Zone 6b)
@admmad had 23 seeds germinate in the Creative Design X Apophis cross. I only planted 10 of those d/t space constraints. Did not do a reciprocal cross. Knew that Creative Design would give me the most seeds per pod.
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Mar 13, 2021 8:00 AM CST
Name: Tina McGuire
KY (Zone 6b)
2nd of the Creative Design X Apophis seedlings to bloom. Very wonky bloom, weak scape, but bloom the same color as the first.
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Mar 13, 2021 8:18 AM CST
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Hurray! such eager little seedlings!
I hope they do well and we get to see them bloom in the seedling beds. Crossing Fingers!

Is the other seedling with a scape going to bloom?
Touch_of_sky on the LA
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Mar 13, 2021 11:15 AM CST
Name: Tina McGuire
KY (Zone 6b)
Yes,@touchofsky , just not quite there yet. I can see it will be purple. Probably will bloom next week.
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Mar 13, 2021 11:21 AM CST
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
Bee Lover Ponds Peonies Irises Garden Art Dog Lover
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I can't wait to see it Crossing Fingers!
Touch_of_sky on the LA
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Mar 13, 2021 5:32 PM CST
Name: Judy
GA (Zone 7a)
Region: Georgia
@beenthere, I see you're in Ky. When do you plan on putting them in the ground?
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Mar 13, 2021 7:37 PM CST
Name: Tina McGuire
KY (Zone 6b)
@RaiseTheBar will plant out sometime after April 15. That is, if the extended weather forecast stays good. Last years seedlings went thru two late freezes with no damage.
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Mar 15, 2021 3:06 PM CST
Name: Dave
Wood Co TX & Huron Co MI
Butterflies Peonies Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Michigan Irises Hybridizer
Hostas Greenhouse Daylilies Garden Photography Region: Texas
Seedlings are tough. I didn't lose any despite -20C low and below freezing for 200+ hours of those 3 mo. old plants that were put in ground before Valentine's Day. Of course, the 10" snowpack helped.
Life is better at the lake.
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Mar 15, 2021 4:27 PM CST
Name: Zoia Bologovsky
Stoneham MA (Zone 6a)
Bee Lover Birds Butterflies Cat Lover Daylilies Region: Massachusetts
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Mine are probably better off outside than in. The cats have recently taken to pulling them out and chewing on them. I think next year, I will have to keep them isolated ( the seedlings, not the cats! Hilarious! ).

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