Daylilies forum: Is it to late to plant dls in zone 6?

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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Oct 22, 2013 6:09 AM CST
Hi, I was hoping for some input on what you would do. I went on a SC vacation and came home with 3 potted dls from Brown's Ferry and I have also won a LA auction that is being shipped today. I have a friend with a GH that could keep them over winter. It has frosted and was 33 here last night. I usually try to be finished by the last of September.

Thanks,
Teresa
Name: Julie
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floota
Oct 22, 2013 6:17 AM CST
I just planted two that followed me home from Lilyhemmer yesterday. HOWEVER, they were both grown in places north of here. It is due to turn cold this week so I will not plant anything else this fall. My group of club friends always looks at Lilyhemmer ( held this same weekend in Oct. each year) as our cutoff point for planting in our area. We're right on the edge of zones 6-7. The rest of my "pot ghetto" was planted about 2 weeks ago and they all look happy.

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Name: Mike
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Oct 22, 2013 6:18 AM CST
Teresa, I still have a few to plant. We got down to 32°f overnite. Mine are going in the ground this morning because there is a chance of rain/snow this afternoon. Pile on the mulch. Mine is sitting in water. I put them in the detached garage last night along with the Brug, Plumerias and night blooming catcus.
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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Oct 22, 2013 7:01 AM CST
Ok, I think I will pick up some bags of compost to add to the area they are going in.
Thanks!
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
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Hemlady
Oct 22, 2013 7:45 AM CST
I have some seedlings still in pots with no room to plant them. I am going to put them in a protected area, like under a tree, tip them on their sides, throw compost on them and hope for the best. This will be a first time experiment for me doing this so I will see what happens.
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philljm
Oct 22, 2013 7:46 AM CST
Temps were down into the 20's last night, we had a hard frost.

And yes, I too still have a few to plant. I will mulch them well, and cross my fingers. My theory is that the ground is still warm..... Whistling
Name: Doris&David Bishop
Cartersville, Ga. (Zone 7b)
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Casshigh
Oct 22, 2013 9:54 AM CST
Teresa, we are zone 7 NW GA. I am still planting and will be for a couple more weeks. The Weather Channel is showing 27 as our low for Saturday morning. Last year I planted fall through winter with no problems. Everything came through the winter just fine, and it was one of coldest on record for us. I put alfalfa pellets and Milorganite in the planting holes which probably helps to warm the soil for the roots plus I mulch. I agree that the ground is warmer than in pots. I would go ahead and plant.

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Name: Char
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Char
Oct 22, 2013 1:09 PM CST

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Like Julie I had a few plants follow me home from the Lilyhemmer meeting, they were planted yesterday. I'm zone 4 and would not advise someone else planting this late here.
Early in my hybridizing I divided and lined out some selected seedlings the day before Thanksgiving, didn't think anything of it...but after someone scared me by saying "you did WHAT?" making me worry all winter I never did that again. All the divisions survived and bloomed fine the next year. Smiling
Name: Jan
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philljm
Oct 22, 2013 7:30 PM CST
Daylilies are for the most part, pretty "tough". Yeppers, I will be planting this weekend, and I am in zone 5 ~Jan
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Oct 22, 2013 7:42 PM CST
Teresa

I planted 9 DLs that were in 1-gal and 2-gal pots on Sunday and Monday. They've been sitting here getting a good root system since Spring-Summer. I haven't mulched them yet, as I'm going to be planting bulbs in between the DLs. I've dug in a bunch of bagged compost, since I've been battling KY clay. Thumbs down Grumbling

We're suppose to get to below freezing for at least a couple of days this week. Blinking Crying Sad
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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Oct 22, 2013 7:45 PM CST
Thanks for everyone's input. I will be planting mine this week.

Marilyn, I know all about that KY clay that needs amendments lol.
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Oct 23, 2013 4:02 PM CST
I lived 40 & a half years in OH before moving to KY and I couldn't believe how awful the KY (soil) clay is! Grumbling Thumbs down It's like 'cement'! Grumbling Thumbs down
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Name: Vickie
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blue23rose
Oct 23, 2013 4:05 PM CST
We got frost yesterday morning so I don't think it would be good to plant anything in my zone 6b, southern Indiana garden any more. I do have two mums that I may stick in the ground if I can find a spot.
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
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Hemlady
Oct 23, 2013 4:13 PM CST
No frost here yet but l hour north of me got frost.
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Name: emily
East Tn (Zone 6b)
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Redhorseeg
Oct 23, 2013 4:52 PM CST
I also will still be planting here...just as an example I had some communication problems last year with a seller and they sent mine in the middle of that awful ice storm last november...so mine didnt get planted till mid november ( and these were southern bred evergreens) and they lived and did just fine..though as a caveat I plant all my newbies beside a rock wall so they stay a little warmer than usual...
Name: Gerry Donahue
Pleasant Lake, IN (Zone 5b)
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profesora
Oct 23, 2013 5:11 PM CST
Go for it, Teresa.

Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Oct 23, 2013 7:32 PM CST
profesora said:Go for it, Teresa.



I agree I agree I agree
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Name: shirlee
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mistyfog
Oct 24, 2013 11:10 PM CST
We have had frost, and expect 24 degrees for the low tomorrow night or the next, so
that will be the first hard freeze. Planted the last ones the first week of
September, and will be watching to see how these fare with the freeze.
They are mulched good, so maybe they will be okay. I'm a worry wort, but
mostly the worry is not justified with these plants.

Amazing plants... daylilies. Can't believe with low temps of 33 degrees
some flowers have managed to continue to bloom and open. Not their best
look though.
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
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Hemlady
Oct 25, 2013 6:02 AM CST
I thought I had posted yesterday but guess not. We finally had our first frost here. Was expecting snow showers but didn't get them.
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Name: Maurice
Grey County, Ontario (Zone 4b)
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admmad
Oct 25, 2013 9:03 AM CST
I'm in zone 4 (last 11 years) and before that in zone 5/6.

In zone 4 I have planted as late as the beginning of September and I have sometimes lost plants and sometimes not. The ones I lost had heaved partially out of the soil and even though I piled more soil around them they did not make it. They were new fall introductions just purchased and they arrived with few short roots. The ones that survived had reasonable numbers and size roots and they did not heave.

In zone 5/6 I once planted potted daylilies late in the year. Most did not survive.

If you can keep them in a greenhouse over winter that is probably the safest, but if you do plant them outside, mulching them with something that will not compact but will protect them from heaving would probably help.
Maurice

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