Maybe I can explain it better with pictures.... Unfortunately, I did not take pictures as they arrived...but all shipments looked pretty much the same. One set was maybe a little "rougher" than the rest, but it had the longest journey. All came with longer green tops, and they were all washed...just like most shipped daylilies look. Now that they have been out of the dirt and shipped in trucks in 100° degree weather, I recheck crowns and roots after soaking. I make sure everything is firm. I have found soft spots or soft roots...I just remove them. (What I have potted no longer looks exactly like what I had received.) But no one can tell which one was the cleanest or the dirtiest. They all end up looking the same. So if they all end up looking the same...does it bother me if I remove 3 leaves or 5 leaves...no, it does not. Some of these had split leaves...it did not bother me...but it might bother someone else. So Larry... I understand your concern. You want someone to be happy with your plants. And you have beautiful plants!
I was only offering my opinion and what I do. Maybe most would find my daylily habits too much.
Here are the first ones July 29, 2021...They came with more leaves...I cut the tops down even more, and peeled a few leaves off.
This is how they look today.
The picture below taken today...
The bucket in front was done on Sept. 5,
The bucket upper left was Aug. 29,
The bucket upper right was Aug. 22.
They all end up looking the same...the only difference is that they arrived and were potted on different dates.
May all your endeavors be successful!