Natalie said: I'd suggest buying evergreens from a local grower, who has already tested them out to make sure that they can withstand much colder conditions that are specific to your area.
beckygardener said:How do daylilies do competing with other plant roots? I ask because I have some planted next to an Oak tree. A few of those have disappeared, too. I dug around in the dirt and found roots that I am sure belong to the tree. (sigh) Never enough ground space when you have trees! Some of my daylilies have a pretty massive root system, can those survive around other larger plants or will they eventually die off due to the competition?
Can producing pods on a seedling eventually kill it? I am talking about a small seedling with a single fan. Does it tax the plant so much that it doesn't recover and eventually dies that same season?We do not have any objective scientific information (that I know of) about the effect of producing seeds. I can speculate that a plant that flowers is capable of supporting the expected number of seeds that the number of its flowers would normally (naturally) produce. I can also speculate that if the plant was being taxed by its seed load that it would abort some or all of the seed pods. However, those are logical responses and it is possible that some plants do not respond with the most adaptive strategy.
beckygardener said:I asked about the small seedlings producing pods because I did set pods on most of my seedlings and harvested seeds from them. Some pods had a lot of seeds and some had only a couple. I did not pay attention to the number of seeds vs. the size of the seedling plant.
I had read that it is best to cut off scapes when dividing and transplanting daylilies. I didn't know if that were true or not? Having such small seedlings this Spring, I have since lost a few of them and I am wondering if it was because of the seed pods. Even other seedlings that are still alive after I harvested seeds from them are still not producing any additional fans. They remain at a single fan. So it seemed like the seed production had an adverse affect on the pod parent plants. Possibly to the point that it exhausted the plant to death? I dug around in the dirt where they were planted and found remains of decomposing roots. So the plant actually did die. While others around them are doing fine. Maybe still at a single fan, but not dead. The plants that disappeared were randomly throughout the raised bed. Not all together, but one here and one there, etc. so I don't know or even think that it was something in the soil. Maybe the genetics of the plant were just weak?
beckygardener said:I had read that it is best to cut off scapes when dividing and transplanting daylilies. I didn't know if that were true or not?