Daylilies forum: 2013 Anomalies

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Name: James
South Bend, IN (Zone 5b)
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Jun 30, 2013 2:47 PM CST
I know many of us have been mentioning strange things happening with plants, scapes and blooms in some of the other threads so I thought it would be interesting to start a thread dedicated to that. Feel free to add your own!

Personally, I have quite a few which is not terribly surprising coming on the heels of the drought last summer; a long, cold spring; and late freezes here.

I have a good number of stunted scapes with some being only 4 - 6 inches tall and buds that are nearly that long! I have noticed many more fused blooms thus far. I have had 1 in the past 3 years and I already have had 4 with another set to bloom in a few days. Several blooms have extra pistil material that branches off about 2/3 the way up. I pollinated one on LILLIAN'S LIES AND ALIBIS and an otherwise normal, 3 petal flower generated a 4 lobed pod. Every bloom I have seen thus far on WEB OF ILLUSION while beautiful has completely lacked a pistil altogether. Finally, the oddest of all, I noticed one plant has put up two extremely short scapes both from the same fan and both with a single bud.
Name: Michele
Cantonment, FL zone 8b
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Jun 30, 2013 6:15 PM CST
That's not just happening in your area. We did NOT have a drought last summer or a long, cold spring. We did however have some late freezes.

I have had the scapes with a single bud right on top, the stunted scapes, I always have plenty that lack the pistils and usually on rebloom this straightens out. I usually have quite a few pods with the extra lobe, mine are kinda like 1 lobe decided to be 2 though. I have had several fused scapes. And then I have the clumps who just don't want to scape at all still.

And there is the lack of pod set. Out of all my spider/UFs, which is probably about 30 or more clumps that I DID NOT divide last year, I have 6 pods. I'm not sure why they all aborted, but they did or just didn't set. Even on the ones that sets every bloom normally did not set. I was using Tet conversions on them that I know that the pollen is good (and one that is ify, haven't had the pollen checked yet) and I had tons of pods that aborted. I decided to try these on a non-spider/UF that is extremely pod fertile and it set pods that have stayed so I know it's not the pollen. And on all the other daylilies that did bloom I have very few pods left, they have pretty much all aborted as well. Oh well, less for me to plant Shrug!
Name: Debra
Nashville, TN (Zone 7a)
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Jun 30, 2013 9:37 PM CST
About two-thirds of my 600 daylilies have short scapes this year. We did experience drought last year, and 17 days of temps over 100 degrees. Evergreens have lower bud counts than normal. Some daylilies that went dormant in the drought have only one scape out six or more fans.


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