Daylilies forum: Noticeable growth rate

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Jul 18, 2016 7:55 AM CST
Maybe it is just "my" garden .....

It has been quite obvious to me the difference in growth rate between my tets and my dips. Has anyone else noticed such a difference?

At first I just assumed the dips were bigger or healthier or something when I transplanted them into their new home. But that was about a year or more ago since they were planted. The truly obvious difference is in a new raised bed I planted many cultivars in last Fall. I have the bed kind of split. One side is tets and one side is dips. I did this to make hybridizing easier. And in the middle of the bed, there are tets on the tet side and dips on the dip side. If you look at the picture below, you can see the lush growth on the dip side. The sparse growth on the tet side. So I looked around my other garden beds and found the same thing. Tets had sparse foliage, whereas dips looked like small clumps. Most of the plants were seedlings or 2-fans (when I acquired them).

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Any comments, please?
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Jul 18, 2016 8:07 AM CST
Maybe recheck this growth when the weather cools down? Perhaps it's heat dormancy (summer dormancy) at work rather than ploidy?

I'm not seeing that in mine and that may partly be because the tets I have tend to be earlier with their bloom time. They have bloomed, rested and many have began actively growing. I have more dips and the growth I see there is all over the place, but it's more or less tied to when they quit blooming. Some of the later blooming plants are really beginning to shut down now that bloom is drawing to an end.

Also, rebloom, setting pods and producing proliferations seem to alter the dormancy. And I think it may also affect how the plant performs further down the line because the energy it's expending now to produce blooms and new plants keeps it from resting and then putting that energy into a subsequent season of bloom. I think in really hot climates, that period of rest may be beneficial to future growth. That's just my observation with my daylilies so far and, therefore, contains some speculation Smiling .
Name: Barbalee
Amarillo, TX (Zone 6b)
Jul 18, 2016 8:31 AM CST
Both posts are interesting. Keep teaching me as I have much to learn!
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Name: Sabrina
Italy, Brescia (Zone 8b)
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Jul 18, 2016 2:16 PM CST
I don't have many DLs but with the few I have I see dips "stronger". They generally behave better, seems healthier and more "organized", don't know if I can explain it better!
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