Daylilies forum: Seedlings not Growing

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Name: tarev
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tarev
Feb 19, 2015 12:25 PM CST
Inland locations in Cali, is really too bone dry and hot, so once a week watering for flowering plants will not be sufficient, especially when the higher 90's to triple digits come in during late Spring all the way to summer. San Francisco side is good or coastal San Diego is good, they have the marine layer in summer, but our inland locations, is just searing heat. I have learned that now, not to expect blooms in my garden, unless I am ready to water almost everyday during the hot summer days. I get blooms with my other plants only in mid Fall, sometimes in Winter, then to early Spring..after that..only the toughest of succulents can stand our heat, even the succulents, you have to give some shade with the searing heat. Plants will just start shutting down and conserve their resources in our super hot, dry days.
Name: Kelli
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Kelli
Feb 21, 2015 10:36 AM CST
I got my daylilies transplanted. They and I thank you all.
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Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Mar 12, 2015 10:54 PM CST
Kelli, how are your daylilies doing now that you have transplanted them? I hope they are doing much better!
Natalie
Name: Pat
Near McIntosh, Florida (Zone 9a)
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Xenacrockett
Mar 13, 2015 3:01 AM CST

Just want to add that there may be 2 kinds of dormancy:
light dormancy triggered when daylight hours shorten
and temperature dormancy triggered by cold weather.

I have both kinds of dormant plants here.
When days get shorter, some plants just pull up the covers and go to sleep.
Then, as soon as days start getting longer, they get active, even if it is cold.
I understand that they have some type of plant anti-freeze at that time so they're okay.

The temperature type waits for cold weather like the first hard frost or freeze to go to sleep.
Sometimes they are going to sleep when the light dormant plants are waking up.
Name: Kelli
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Kelli
Mar 13, 2015 7:58 AM CST
Natalie said:Kelli, how are your daylilies doing now that you have transplanted them? I hope they are doing much better!


They are slowly coming out of dormancy and are looking good. It's too early to tell if they are going to be bigger than last year.
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Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Mar 13, 2015 10:04 AM CST
I hope they do great this year!
Natalie
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Char
Mar 14, 2015 5:51 PM CST

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A discussion about dormancy in daylilies was split from this thread and can be found here....

The thread "The Fundamentals of Dormancy" in Daylilies forum
Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Mar 14, 2015 9:41 PM CST
Kelli - It will be interesting to see if transplanting them will improve their growth. I have a feeling that it will indeed. After they settle in to their new containers (give them a week or so), I'd fertilize them to give them a kick start.
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Name: Kelli
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Kelli
Mar 15, 2015 11:09 AM CST
Here they are.
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Name: Judi
East Texas (Zone 8a)
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Mar 17, 2015 5:28 PM CST
I watch my seedlings - when they look like they are growing well, will take a look at the roots. If they fill the pot, I pot them up in a larger sized pot. Also use alfalfa pellets - that seems to really have given them a kick. Someone recommended Miracle Gro Shake N Feed, a time release fertilizer. That might work for you. Tommy Maddox, a very good hybridizer, has his seedlings growing in water ponds - if you have enough seedlings, a kiddie pool from Walmart works great. If that is too big, a plastic box would work. I water mine a lot, so they aren't in the water now, but when they were first potted up - I had them in long plastic seed holders with continuous water - aluminum roasting pans work well also. Good luck!
Judith

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