Seedfork said:I have mentioned scape density and it has been mentioned by others in a few threads. It was asked if there were a thread about it here on the forum,
I would love to get feedback in the form of actual plant experience but also any articles are research about it. I know that it relates to plants that put out a lot of scapes, compared to plants of similar size and age.
How to you find these plants, what are the pros and cons? Do the plants stress themselves by producing more scapes and become weak after just a few years? Are there signs to look for in new plants that would be a tip off that the plant might process this trait? Any feedback appreciated!
admmad said:@Seedfork Classifying daylily clumps by scape density implies that the flowering time of different fans/ramets in the clump will be more or less synchronized. Different fans/ramets in a clump are most likely different sizes and ages. I assume that something, synchronizes the flowering of different sized fans/ramets (that are above the minimum size for flowering or that are reproductively mature). I assume that is caused by periods of time when active growth stops either because of low temperatures or high temperatures. Scape density will presumably be lower at any given time if the flowering of different fans/ramets in a clump is not synchronized.
Are there locations were daylilies are grown and each episode of flowering of each cultivar is spread out over longer periods (not as well synchronized) as in other locations (better synchronized)?
Seedfork said:Interesting how your scapes seem to appear at the same time and be the same size. I often see three stages of scapes of different sizes in some of my clumps.
admmad said:This is from the abstract of research on a species of grass,
"Vegetative ramets translocated their own resources to the connected reproductive ramets,... " <snip>
If a similar situation occurs in daylilies.... <snip>.
When I divide an established clump (several years old) I typically (with exceptions such as SS and sometimes vole damage) find that each fan in the clump has by then become an independent organism. Each crown has its own root system. There is only one terminal meristem and one fan of leaves per crown. That is why I can pry them apart into single fan plants if I want. I can't remember encountering any interior fans with dual-foliage-fans on a single crown (with exceptions as noted above).