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Sep 14, 2015 12:07 PM CST
Name: Pat Strong
Stone Mountain (Zone 8a)
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My college aged son was home for the weekend and volunteered to help in me in the yard....sounds like a good idea to me. It was time to upgrade a few daylilies from the pots to the ground so I could use a little help. To make a short story even shorter, he picked up the bag of soil closest to him, which was potting soil. He was so proud of his fantastic garden work Thumbs down

Will the potting soil do irreparable damage to the plants, or is there something I can do to mitigate the damage, short of digging them up?
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Sep 14, 2015 12:14 PM CST
Name: John
Marion County, Florida (Zone 9a)
I can't imagine how potting soil could possibly hurt daylily plants. It is, after all, potting soil, right?
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Sep 14, 2015 12:18 PM CST
Name: Charley
Arroyo Seco New Mexico (Zone 4b)
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Daylilies can do really well in potting soil, the question is, how is the drainage of the soil in which the holes were dug? If you have good drainage the daylilies should thrive. I have planted daylilies in three gallon pots solely in potting soil and buried them in the ground for the winter and then pulled the pots in the spring and planted them where I wanted. The roots were great and I got good bloom that season.

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Sep 14, 2015 12:43 PM CST
Name: Pat Strong
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John, I heard that potting soil is made for pots and garden soil was made for ground planting. It seems that I read that the potting was not as moist....not sure about that. I used the potting soil when I got the fans...they've grown substantially and needed to be placed in the ground.

Charley, I sure hope the potting soil is ok. He did add the alfalfa pellets and milorganite to the hole before planting, so I would hate to dig them back up.
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Sep 14, 2015 1:38 PM CST
Name: Fred Manning
Lillian Alabama

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They will be fine Pat.
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Sep 14, 2015 2:15 PM CST
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Pat - I actually think the potting soil is better than anything I use for the ground. But the price is prohibitive to fill raised beds. So I use Pine fines instead mixed in with some garden/top soil. I would be curious to know if they actually grow better than any other daylilies not growing in potting mix. Confused Whistling Thumbs up
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Sep 14, 2015 3:45 PM CST
Name: Pat Strong
Stone Mountain (Zone 8a)
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Thanks guys....I feel better now . I really didn't want to dig and replant those cultivars.

Becky, I will keep my eyes on those in the potting soil as opposed to those in garden soil. They were all fertilized the same way....a good unplanned experiment.
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Sep 14, 2015 6:48 PM CST
Name: Kevin Smith
INDIANA (Zone 5b)
All we have is clay and i am not saying some clay is a bad thing. I would not want a bed totally devoid of it. But on the flip side anything better than clay is a plus. I agree no worries.
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Sep 14, 2015 7:41 PM CST
Name: Pat Strong
Stone Mountain (Zone 8a)
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I had a bag of garden soil which would have been better, but I'm glad to hear that the potting soil is okay as well. The soil in that particular bed is mostly red Georgia clay and it gets a lot of sun. The established daylilies in that bed does very well, but I've never used potting soil. I always use garden soil. I'm a newby to the daylily party and it's like having your first child....you want everything to be just right You worry about every little thing but it always seem to work out okay.
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