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Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Aug 9, 2021 7:35 PM CST
I planted a Ruby Slippers daylily in 2014. Morning sun till maybe mid afternoon. Nice blooms, but really really stingy. I get one bloom at a time, wait for another one, repeat. Opened the database entry and noted many folks posting nice multiple bloomed plants. The only other daylilies I have are Stella and a no-name I got from my sister. Both of those are nonstop re blooming and increase their clumps regularly. Ruby does neither. I don't normally fertilize anything, my soil is pretty good. I also don't have a watering system but live in the Pacific NW so that is not usually a problem for me either. Other than patience, what else can I do with this sub-par plant? It blends well with a honeysuckle behind it, so is a keeper for that reason, but I'd sure be happier with a showier plant. Thanks.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 9, 2021 8:28 PM CST
If you can move it to a sunnier location, I'll bet you'd get more blooms. Or maybe trim back some tree branches so the sun is on it longer? You get those nice long days in summer up there, but your sun isn't as intense as it is farther south, so longer exposure is needed, I think. If the clump is big enough, maybe try dividing it, and put a new clump in the sun to see how it does?

I'd also definitely try some fertilizer for it. No matter how great your soil is, it gets depleted of nutrients, having a big, hungry plant growing in it for years. Also, all that wonderful Pac. NW rain washes out the soluble nutrients over time. I guarantee the people growing those flowery ones are fertilizing regularly. I like a pelleted time-release fert so I only have to do it once or twice per season. (our season is really long, down here)
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Name: Sharon Rose
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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Altheabyanothername
Aug 9, 2021 8:29 PM CST
@Bonehead...Did you purchase Ruby Slippers or Ruby Slippers of Oz? Ruby Slippers only has one picture and not a lot of flowers going on. And no member says they own it. It has been out a awhile. I usually take that as a sign of not being a really fantastic plant or very vigorous. Really great plants get traded and sold a lot. More than 10 members having it is a pretty good sign, because not everyone has public plant lists.

If you might want some different options...you could specify some criteria and a price range, everybody here will try to give suggestions.

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Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Aug 10, 2021 11:11 AM CST
Went back to My List and I actually have Ruby Spider rather than Ruby Slippers. Some plants are just not worth my time I think. This is one of them. It is a poor performer for me. Maybe I'll toss some fertilizer at it, assuming I have some out in the barn. I could try relocating it but it really does blend nicely with the honeysuckle and I'm not big on daylillies to begin with so...we shall see... I tried to find a photo I know I've taken of the two together, but my photos are a big fat mess at the moment, scattered all over my computer plus OneDrive. Winter project to clean up. But thanks for the helpful suggestions.
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Name: Sharon Rose
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Altheabyanothername
Aug 10, 2021 11:23 AM CST
Ruby Spider is known as a very good daylily. Elaine had very good ideas on what to try. Thumbs up If it is growing new fans, but not a lot of blooms...a fertilizer lower in nitrogen higher in phosphorus might be worth a try. If it seems like it is not making fans...a more general fertilizer could be tried. If possible I like to fertilize spring and early fall.

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Name: Justine
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Hembrain
Aug 11, 2021 3:51 PM CST
I love Ruby Spider. It was the first daylily to *BLOW MY MIND*, so I'll always grow it. Seriously. A good grower here, even in partial shade, but I wish it rebloomed. It only sends up one set of scapes and puts on a nice midseason show but then it's gone, gone, gone. It doesn't have a ton of buds but the flowers are so big and showy.

Deb, do you have it under a tree where it's dry? That can slow down the vigor and increase. And did you start with a single fan, double, or clump? When it hits a critical mass of healthy fan, it's more impressive. Maybe it will get there.


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Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Aug 17, 2021 9:21 AM CST
It's in front of a honeysuckle that grows along a fence. I've just found it to be such a slow grower, not quite worth the bother, except that it does pair well with the honeysuckle. I cleaned out that bed recently which gave it more room to spread out. It's just way more finicky than my more robust common daylillies. I was looking for a photo of the two together (which I know I have somewhere) but my photos are in a big fat mess at the moment and can't put my finger on it immediately. My guess is I bought this as a smallish fan from my local nursery, probably in a gallon pot. Just seems 7 years has been a long wait for any substance. I'll try to baby it more.
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Name: Debra
Nashville, TN (Zone 7a)
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shive1
Aug 20, 2021 6:34 AM CST
Grubs may be eating the roots. Put some grub killer on it.
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Aug 24, 2021 2:57 PM CST
I don't have anything killer. Maybe I'll let my hens out more often.
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Frillylily
Aug 25, 2021 11:22 AM CST
honey suckles has really voracious roots and it may be sucking away the nutrients and rooting up into the dl space. The other thing is if it is planted a little bit too deep, it has to constantly try to battle crown rot and they don't bloom well, I've had them do that and when I lifted them a little bit they did great.
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touchofsky
Aug 26, 2021 10:16 AM CST
I noticed that you bought it in a pot. I have had a few daylilies fail to thrive and they were potted plants to start. When I dug them up, I noticed that the old potting soil was very dry around the roots. I soaked the roots in a big container, and cleaned off all of the old potting soil. I then added some good soil, some compost and composted manure to the hole ( I also add a handful of bonemeal), and replanted. The daylilies changed their behaviour and did very well after that. It might be worth a try in your case.
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Frillylily
Aug 26, 2021 1:47 PM CST
Valerie, I've had that problem too!

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