Daylilies forum: Is it too late to add fall fertilizer in Zone 6B?

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Cynthia59P
Oct 8, 2016 11:51 AM CST
Hey ya'll,

Is it still okay to put out fertilizer on the daylilies now that it is October in my zone 6B garden? IF it is okay, which one would you suggest?

Thanks,
Cynthia
Name: Deryll Keatting
Nevada, Ohio (Zone 5a)
Deryll
Oct 8, 2016 2:40 PM CST
Some people say that daylilies form the beginning of the bud for the following year this time of year, so I just recently fertilized some of
mine just to see if that has any effect at all. They certainly look much better. I just used an average garden fertilizer left over from spring.
We will find out if it does anything or not, but my guess is that any growth would be better than nothing.
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sooby
Oct 8, 2016 5:00 PM CST
Deryll said:Some people say that daylilies form the beginning of the bud for the following year this time of year


Yes, this has been studied. One year I decided to check for myself, this is a dissection in late November, the baby scape was about half an inch long. It's a very early flowering daylily. Others I looked at also had baby scapes forming but they were much smaller at that time:

http://web.ncf.ca/ah748/Temporary/babyscapelilio.jpg


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cybersix
Oct 9, 2016 2:17 PM CST
I didn't read this thread before adding fertilizer the past week. I added a slow release, granular fertilizer. I didn't know baby scapes form so early!
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beckygardener
Oct 10, 2016 7:53 PM CST
Me either! Good info to know!!! Thumbs up
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Frillylily
Oct 14, 2016 10:21 AM CST
I'm zone 6 and I would not fertilize mine now. too late. Do mulch for the winter and then I occasionally water over the winter if it is especially dry. But rarely.
Name: Teresa
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bluegrassmom
Oct 16, 2016 6:05 AM CST
I remember in the Master gardener class that they said that late fertilizing gives the plant a boost to grow, when it should be settling in for winter. I do mine in the Spring or summer.
Name: Deryll Keatting
Nevada, Ohio (Zone 5a)
Deryll
Oct 17, 2016 10:46 AM CST
I wasn't going to make a comment, but need to clarify. I am not a master gardener, but do grow thousands of daylilies, most from seed.
Many other perennials, like Oriental Poppies, for example, put up new growth in the fall of the previous year, and this growth is needed
for bloom the following year. If I am growing dormant daylilies, or the older ones, there probably wouldn't be much of a benefit to adding
fertilizer late in the season. I grow a lot of the newer Evergreen fancy expensive ones, and don't have immaculately maintained and
beautifully landscaped gardens. Mine are just in a field, and I don't mulch them. We traditionally have extremely dry weather through
most of the summer, and then wet in the fall. My field looks fantastic right now, and a lot of it is largely due to fertilizing late after the
bloom season has ended. Since I can get a large blooming clump from an evergreen in two years, and first year bloom from a seedling,
experience tells me that I must be doing the right thing for me here in my garden. Perhaps fertilizing depends largely on where you live,
what kind you grow, and what you expect from your plants. I have extraordinary expectations for mine. I just think you need the strong
growth with evergreens here in the north if you want the nice flowers they have in Florida.... but I could be wrong!
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kidfishing
Oct 17, 2016 6:39 PM CST
I had planned to add fertilizer late summer or fall but it is so hot and dry and windy that I can't keep up with any water except for our hundreds of new seedlings and some new and transplants. It looks like we are loosing a few plants even though I water all new and transplanted daylilies.
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cybersix
Oct 18, 2016 1:20 AM CST
I fertilized back at the end of september, we were still having warm days and sun. So I decided to try, it was the first time for me. Then in ten days weather passed from near summer to a bad autumn, with very low temperatures and lots of rain.

I don't think daylilies will get harmed or at least I hope so, I don't see them so different than in september. I'll have to see in the next months.
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Pat236
Oct 18, 2016 8:05 AM CST
In the fall, I fertilize until the temps drop. I top dress with milorganite and alfalfa pellets, then mulch. I feed with liquid miracle grow about once a month thru December as the weather here stays nice albeit a bit cool.
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Name: Deryll Keatting
Nevada, Ohio (Zone 5a)
Deryll
Oct 19, 2016 2:19 AM CST
People told me to use alfalfa pellets when I planted new ones, so I tried it, and coons dug up every last one of them!
We will never use them for daylilies again.
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Pat236
Oct 19, 2016 7:23 AM CST
Deryll said:People told me to use alfalfa pellets when I planted new ones, so I tried it, and coons dug up every last one of them!
We will never use them for daylilies again.


Wow...I've never seen a coon in my yard, but I've had a plant dug up by the squirrels. The milorganite seems to deter most of that.
Pat236
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Seedfork
Oct 19, 2016 2:29 PM CST
The raccoons love to dig in my daylily beds even when I have not recently added alfalfa. Anytime I plant new plants, dig in the bed, add compost, or disturb the soil in any way they are on the prowl for earth worms and take it as a signal to dig up the plants. I love to add alfalfa when I can, but with or with out it I have had to take precautions when I add new plants. I have started making wire cages to put over the new additions, I would love to have cages around all the daylilies because of the raccoons naughty behavior.
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Mayo62
Oct 19, 2016 2:43 PM CST
the only coons in my yard are Maine Coons and they don't dig up my plants..

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kousa
Oct 19, 2016 2:48 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Your Maine Coons are beautiful, Mayo! Would not mind having a few of them running in my yard.
Name: Teresa
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bluegrassmom
Oct 19, 2016 6:36 PM CST
If I get another cat I think I would like to have a Maine Coon.
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Pat236
Oct 19, 2016 9:34 PM CST
bluegrassmom said:If I get another cat I think I would like to have a Maine Coon.

I just about to ask 'What in the world is a Maine Coon'?
Pat236
Name: Teresa
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bluegrassmom
Oct 20, 2016 10:58 AM CST
https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=maine+coon&FORM=IARRTH&...

They are a beautiful cats! Is yours very social?
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Pat236
Oct 20, 2016 7:53 PM CST
bluegrassmom said:https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=maine+coon&FORM=IARRTH&ufn=maine+coon&stid=7c71afc3-d4d7-da58-e602-483dfa6ede25&cbn=EntityAnswer&cb

They are a beautiful cats! Is yours very social?


They are beautiful!
Pat236

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