Daylilies forum: Planting seeds directly in the ground after harvesting them?

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Name: Jon Whitinger
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Aug 8, 2014 7:25 AM CST

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I have heard that some members have been planting their daylily seeds directly in the ground after harvesting them. I have tried this, but it has been several weeks and still no germination. Is there a different way you need to plant or care for them?
Name: pam
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Aug 8, 2014 7:58 AM CST
Ive planted seeds right after harvesting. I put them in sponges, not the ground, but same idea. It did take them awhile to sprout, and some it took a very long time, I just kept digging around and making sure they had not rotted. If I put them , or anything seed-like in the ground, the squirrels make quick work of them.
Name: Michele
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Aug 8, 2014 9:09 AM CST
I don't plant directly in the ground because rain washes away or bugs/ ants eat them or wildlife takes them. I plant directly in seed trays after harvesting usually and then transplant after about 6 weeks

Aug 8, 2014 10:31 AM CST
There are probably too many factors-the cultivar, weather it's evergreen or dormant, your weather, how much time is left before winter and rain or watering. In a short season area I would have plants too small to make it thru the winter, though I have planted seeds in August and they made it. I looked at a pile of seeds to many to plant under lights one year and planted them in November. They germinated all too thick in the Spring. Before that I held them in a refridg until Spring and planted them like peas in a row and up they came. But germination time outside can be very variable anything from a week to months. Some may need cold stratification as well-or not and germinate in the pod- I've had them get wet and be sprouting so I had to plant them right away. Darn things are variable-Weedy
Name: Larry
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Aug 8, 2014 1:27 PM CST
Never had seeds sprout in the pod, that is neat!
Name: Glen Ingram
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Aug 8, 2014 4:05 PM CST
Jon, all of my seeds of my first pod I planted in the ground in the garden. All of them germinated successfully.

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