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Name: Maryl
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
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Maryl
Mar 27, 2021 2:10 PM CST
I've been having a discussion with various people. Can you grow a daylily from the swollen tuberous growth that is found among the roots? I always thought they were just enlarged roots for storing water and incapable of generating a new plant. They were not like Dahlias. Others disagree. No one has actually tried it. What do you think?...............Maryl
Name: Dave
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SunriseSide
Mar 27, 2021 2:51 PM CST
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Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Mar 27, 2021 3:23 PM CST
I saw this discussion here on the forum recently I think. Anyhow, I think the answer is that daylily roots do not grow other plants. The crown of the daylily is what generates the roots. I feel if a small piece of the crown is broken off along with a root or two it would be possible for a plant to regrow. How often do we plant daylilies with great roots, leaves and crown and then worry if it will survive. I feel sure that if the roots would grow plants, then the commercial sellers would be growing plants from roots.
Name: Sue
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sooby
Mar 27, 2021 4:19 PM CST
Daylilies can regrow from crowns, and from rhizomes, but not roots. Rhizomes can be mistaken for roots so the idea that they can grow from roots may have come from that.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Mar 27, 2021 4:48 PM CST
Should that be a question asked when registering a plant? Whether it sends out rhizomes or not?
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Name: Maryl
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
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Maryl
Mar 27, 2021 5:01 PM CST
Never heard of a daylily Rhizome. Just roots. Is it just a species thing? hummmm......Yes, Larry. The subject was recently discussed when I asked the question about which grows which - crown versus roots. I concur with the crown being the growing part which contains the DNA of a daylily. Reminds me of something someone once said to me about this issue on another type of plant. A hand grows a fingernail, but a fingernail can not grow a hand. Caveat. I nor he were scientists, but most people get our drift......I thought this was pretty much settled until the daylily "tuber" issue was raised. I think it's just a swollen ROOT and therefore can't regenerate a new daylily. They thought otherwise. Has anyone tried to grow a daylily, from the "tuber".................Maryl

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