Daylilies forum: If you were gonna trim your seedlings...

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Name: Mary
Crown Point, Indiana (Zone 5b)
josieskid
Jan 7, 2017 2:15 PM CST
Where would you make the cut? Like, right below the lights? Or make the babies short enough so it would last awhile? I'm nervous about this!
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jan 7, 2017 2:22 PM CST
If you can avoid it, don't do it because the leaves are making food for growth from the light so you'd be setting them back. If you need to cut them because they're too floppy then they haven't been getting enough light. If cutting them is unavoidable because they're just too floppy, then only trim them as little as you need to to solve the problem. Cutting them short enough that it would last a while would set them back the most and cancel out the advantage of starting them early.
Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Jan 7, 2017 2:24 PM CST
Why are you cutting back your seedlings? Not exactly sure as to what is meant by cutting below the lights? These are just some questions I have, I am not indicating I have an answer to yours. I don't ever re-call cutting seedlings back.
sooby beat me too it and now I know what you meant by below the lights!
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Name: Mary
Crown Point, Indiana (Zone 5b)
josieskid
Jan 7, 2017 4:27 PM CST
Hi, you guys! Yes, I'm growing my seedlings under lights down in the basement. They are getting so tall that they're smashed up around the bulbs, and then growing sideways.

I'm not so worried about setting them back. As long as I don't kill them! I really just wanted something green to look at and talk to all winter!
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jan 7, 2017 4:54 PM CST
Cutting them back won't kill them, it would just be counterproductive if you wanted them to flower as early as possible. If any are struggling for any reason it could have a negative effect but if they're currently strong and healthy then they should be fine. If I was looking for a guideline as to how much to cut I might follow the lawn mowing rule of thumb which is to leave not less than two thirds of the leaf length but that's not based on any established limit for daylilies.
Name: Mary
Crown Point, Indiana (Zone 5b)
josieskid
Jan 8, 2017 5:43 AM CST
Sue, thanks for getting back to me. I like your analogy of mowing the lawn. I believe you that it won't kill them, cause constantly on this forum I read that daylilies are weeds!


Maybe I will just gingerly trim them about an inch below the lights, telling them all the while how sweet they are. I talk to them all the time, and I love to touch them! I used to grow my own keeping onions, and when the daylilies first began to grow, they felt like the onion leaves. Not anymore! They are so thick and wide, their substance just thrills me.

Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jan 8, 2017 6:48 AM CST
Mary, if you have ten minutes to spare you may find this video of experiments on plants' response to sound interesting (Mythbusters). I would have said a response to the carbon dioxide that you breath on them would be the most likely beneficial effect but it seems they respond to noise as well. The two videos need to be watched in sequence, part 1 and part 2.

I would think gently touching them could also be beneficial, some people run a small fan on seedlings to make them more sturdy (also to reduce damping off by increasing air circulation. Anyway, these are the videos:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=...
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=...
Name: Mary
Crown Point, Indiana (Zone 5b)
josieskid
Jan 8, 2017 8:29 AM CST
Sue, thank you so much! I will watch the videos, and, yes, the babies have their own fan!
Name: Mary
Crown Point, Indiana (Zone 5b)
josieskid
Jan 8, 2017 2:04 PM CST
Sue, I just took a break to watch the videos. I love them! So hilarious! Thank you!
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jan 8, 2017 2:06 PM CST
josieskid said:Sue, I just took a break to watch the videos. I love them! So hilarious! Thank you!


I tip my hat to you. So heavy metal for them from now on? Hilarious!
Name: Stan
Florida Panhandle (Defuniak Sp (Zone 8b)
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GaNinFl
Jan 9, 2017 7:04 AM CST
rock on Sue Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Mary
Crown Point, Indiana (Zone 5b)
josieskid
Jan 9, 2017 8:11 AM CST
Nope, none of that nasty noise is allowed in this house!

I cut them! I don't know, I just snipped above the newest/shortest leaves, and they look adorable! Kinda like a longish crewcut! I couldn't stop laughing!

They smelled sooooo fresh and sweet, like mowing in the summer!

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