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Nov 2, 2021 10:59 AM CST
Name: April Blevins
North Eastern Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Region: Kentucky Daylilies Irises Peonies
I foraged some seeds from a couple of mature pods on my daylily plants at the end of the season. I thought it might be fun to plant them and see what grows, but I have been researching and finding all different types of suggestions for how to do this. I wondered if anyone knew of a good step by step guide for how to do this?

All I have done with them so far is harvest them, let them dry a couple days, and then store them in paper envelopes. I'm not sure what the best course of action is to take from here. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.
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Nov 2, 2021 12:09 PM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
Annuals Native Plants and Wildflowers Keeps Horses Dog Lover Daylilies Region: Canadian
Butterflies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Garden Sages Plant Identifier
You can just plant them like any other seed, sow at twice their depth in seed starting medium. However, some daylily seeds may take weeks to germinate that way because they have seed dormancy, and you can get around that by chilling them in damp conditions in a fridge (or plant them outdoors in spring while the ground is still 32 to 50 degrees F), then moving them to room temperature after 3-6 weeks of chilling for germination. They have to have taken up some moisture for the chilling to work. There's an article about that here:

http://www.ctdaylily.com/files...

If you're starting them much before spring planting time you can grow them through the colder weather under artificial lighting.

You can store the currently dry seeds in a fridge or at cool dry room temperature until you are ready to stratify (damp chill) a few weeks before you want them to germinate.
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Nov 2, 2021 6:42 PM CST
Name: Tim
West Chicago, IL (Zone 5a)
Daylilies Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower
How fun. I like that you've decided to do that with your seeds, April.

There are so many ways to start daylily seeds, and everyone has an opinion. I just want to say, you don't have to make a big grow lab with special grow lights in your basement for this. If that sounds fun to you, geek out. If that sounds frustrating, you can go out tomorrow morning and plant them in your garden. Daylily seeds are like little miracles. I'm sure however you choose to do it, you'll be successful.

Good luck!
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Nov 3, 2021 7:44 AM CST
Name: Maurice
Grey County, Ontario (Zone 4b)
I simply plant them in the ground like any other perennial's seed that is cold-hardy. This year it will be early next week.
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