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Name: Nikki
Yorkshire, UK (Zone 8a)
LA name-Maelstrom
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Sep 1, 2017 1:39 PM CST
Just to say about alfalfa pellets make sure the ones you buy are 100% alfalfa. Some of them, esp. if sold in pet feed stores for rabbits/cavies etc.contain sugars, salt and other additives.

I always give mine a good soak for a couple of hours before mixing them with any soil/potting mix etc. as they can absorb a LOT of water and swell considerably. Probably not strictly necessary in our climate as it is very wet anyway but you don't want the pellets taking water from the plant roots.
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Sep 1, 2017 2:33 PM CST
The question is what does your soil need in order to provide daylilies with the proper nutrients? The assumption is usually sand when the word Florida is mentioned, but you may not have sand. Sand does not hold moisture or nutrients very well, so if you have a good rich soil, or even clay the requirements might be much different. Of course a soil test is always recommended but very few people seem to actually follow through with that. Knowing the PH of the soil can be helpful also. However, check with local gardeners, your neighbors possibly even. Still, the soil next door and yours might be totally different, do you have a new home where all the soil was removed and top soil brought in, is it an old homestead which has been gardened for the past 60 years, or something inbetween? Are there lots of plants already there? Are they growing and looking healthy? Or do they look stunted and puny? So this post is not much help as far as being specific about what nutrients you need to add because I do not know, it is just to help you think about all the variables and realize you plot of soil may or may not need anything added.
I will add that I personally think the most needed requirement for growing great daylilies with lots of bloom and reblooms is water, lots and lots of water.

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