Daylilies forum: Short season this year

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Name: Arlene
Florida's east coast (Zone 9a)
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Jun 14, 2014 3:20 PM CST
Here on the beach, spring was long and cool. Delightful for people, not so much for daylilies.

For my daylilies, this year has been a mixed bag . Some plants look robust and big while others whimper and look like it's mid-August. The most disturbing part of this is that 4 and 5 months of rebloom isn't going to happen. So far, there has been "instant" rebloom on a limited number of plants, but on the south side of the house, the daylilies have bloomed and are done. Unheard of!! In the backyard, which has more shade, very few daylilies are showing rebloom scapes. I told my husband last night not to expect blooms in August, September, October and November. That's normal. This isn't. Also it's very difficult to judge plants--what to remove and what stays. For instance, Grand Pacific had 4- and 5-way scapes last year. This year it's only the top two branches with no rebloom showing. Big difference Rolling my eyes. .

This has been uber depressing and would be devastating to a gardener first starting with daylilies. Usually the season here is from March to November. This year, first bloom was 3/26 on a new plant that came from Michelle last fall. Last bloom will probably be sometime in July. Blooms on the EE, E, and EMRe, have been a month late, but the late bloomers are on time.

It's been fairly dry, but in the last four days we've had rain everyday. Guess I'll have to busy myself with cutting spent scapes and weeding beds. Put the camera away and try not to get royally annoyed with the expensive plants that are really, really confused.

Hope everyone else is having a much prettier, productive bloom season!!
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Jun 14, 2014 3:24 PM CST
No bloom here yet but plants look bigger than ever from all the rain. Hoping for a good bloom season.
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Jun 14, 2014 10:46 PM CST
Arlene, I feel your pain. Peak season is usually the week of 7/4 here in zone 7A, and I'm wondering if I will even have blooms by then. Even some of the EE's don't have scapes yet. For extra entertainment, the foliage looks like crap from a hailstorm a few weeks back, plus slug damage from 7 days of rain and honestly I'm just to tired to deal with it. I sprayed with Cleary's 3336 to minimize leaf streak and that's all I'm doing until fall.

But just to humor myself, I'll go out and take 500 pictures of the one bloom a day on a new arrival. So far I've had a total of 4 blooms on some new Emmerich's and I have enough photos of them to fill 200 albums. Smiling Greatest Gift of All struggled to open yesterday in the cool temps and like a little kid nothing would do until I forced it open, breaking a sepal. When you only have one bloom for the day, you want to see it, even when it's been mangled.

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Name: Pat
Near McIntosh, Florida (Zone 9a)
Jun 15, 2014 5:25 AM CST
Fruit trees seem to produce heavily one year and lighter the next; do daylilies do the same thing?

My old original unidentified daylilies started blooming around mid April.

This one is blooming now and I think I've been able to determine it is a tet.

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Name: pam
gainesville fl (Zone 8b)
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Jun 15, 2014 8:32 AM CST
My plants had an odd bloom season as well. The doubles threw mostly singles. Singles that have never had a poly, had many. I think just about all my plants bloomed, but they all bloomed at once, so I too, Im about done with daylilies for this year. Some put up rebloom scapes while still blooming. Most will not rebloom.
I took the 'season' to determine if my noids were dips or tets, by crossing them with know dips and tets. I do at least know what most everything is now. I set a few seed pods, tried to not do much, as I wanted to get my plants stronger. Most would have croaked if I made to many pods on them. All in all, with the plants getting no water or fertilizer last year, Im very happy. They do look like they are going summer dormant too fast tho.
As with every year, looking forward to the northern gardeners pictures.
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Jun 16, 2014 6:11 AM CST
Wow, it seems much too soon for the southern plants to be done blooming.
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Jun 16, 2014 10:50 AM CST
Yes it does, seems like the season was just getting started. Time is flying by.
Name: John
Marion County, Florida (Zone 9a)
Jun 16, 2014 11:09 AM CST
My daylilies are by no means through blooming this year, but that's not saying much. On the other hand, I have only myself to blame—Mother Nature didn't have anything to do with it.

I undertook an ambitious 'divide and replant' program last year, but.... I ran out of cash, and couldn't afford to have any more Black Kow delivered, so I planted about half of my daylilies in plain old Florida sand.

We live on one of, but not the, highest hills in Marion County. At 150 ft elevation, I always thought it was the highest spot in the county, but I looked at a topographical map of the county a few years back and learned there are a few spots in the county that are 200 ft above sea level.

Anyhow, to make a long story short, our hill is just one humongous pile of what we call 'sugar sand.' It's soft and porous, and water soaks into it instantly. Seriously, it could rain for 40 days and 40 nights, and we wouldn't have any standing water - what didn't soak in would run down hill to the lake that wraps around our side of the hill.

The soil was absolutely perfect for my late father's orange groves, but the freezes of 1983 and 1984 took care of that. Florida was on the cold edge of a 90-year cycle at that time. It happened in 1894 and 1895, and will probably happen again circa 2070.

Without heavy applications of things like composted cow manure, or peat, or other substances, the soil isn't really suitable for daylilies, and half of my cultivars show it. Interestingly, they have good root systems, but not a lot of foliage. We accidentally dug one up while weeding, and it had a ton of roots. My theory (using the SWAG method) is that the poor plants devote all their energy to producing roots, looking for nutrition, and the foliage suffers.

For those of you who don't know the SWAG acronym, it stands for 'silly wild-a** guess.'

Starting in August, we (my partner and myself) are going to fix that problem by redoing all of the beds and moving 300 or so plants. It's a daunting task, but an absolutely necessary one.

Fortunately, there's a Black Kow dealer just 10 miles from us who delivers the stuff by the cubic yard. One cu yd of Black Kow at $35 is the equivalent of about 20 of those $5 bags they sell in Home Depot and elsewhere. And because we're so close, the delivery charge is negligible.

So much for the sad tale of my daylily beds.

Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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Jun 16, 2014 12:19 PM CST
Oh Arlene, I sympathize with your short growing season. If I had long ones all the time, I would be bummed right now. Maybe something will pop up when you least expect it.

Glad you cleared up the "swag" definition, John! I was rattling my brain trying to figure that out Rolling on the floor laughing

I promised my sisters I would dig and divide some of my daylilies and now as they are gearing up for a beautiful season, I'm hesitant to dig. But I want my sisters to see the daylilies in bloom also, so maybe I can ask them over and say, "but you can't have it until August!"

I hope our season doesn't shorten... I feel like it is short enough as it is Smiling
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