Daylilies forum: What is your method of keeping growth records of your daylilies?

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Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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petruske
Feb 28, 2017 1:12 AM CST
I notice, especially on the Daylily of the Day threads, many of you give information as to the height, bloom size, bud count and more comparing it to the registered information. I'd like to start keeping track of that information this year but with so many DL I'm not sure where to start. I would guess you use a chart of some sort. Anyone have a sample to show here? I've got over 300 DL's and pretty sure most of you have that and more. My neighbors probably already think I'm crazy each year when I'm out there with my clip board to write down the names of tags that need replacing. They will really think I lost it when I'm out there with a yardstick too. The school bus driver has named me "The Labeler".
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Polymerous
Feb 28, 2017 1:32 AM CST
I don't keep growth records, at least not on the registered cultivars.

For seedlings, I might. Once everything has broken dormancy here (generally by early February), I will go around and look at things. For those seedlings which had not bloomed the previous season, I will look to see if any of those had at least multiplied. For seedlings which had bloomed and were selected for another look (for another year.. or two...), I will record what the Feb # of fans was.

It's daylily season!
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spunky1
Feb 28, 2017 5:46 AM CST
I also only keep records on my seedlings.
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
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Hemlady
Feb 28, 2017 6:58 AM CST
I also only keep records on seedlings but I do keep a journal on all of my registered daylilies but only record first flower open date or whether or not it rebloomed that particular summer.
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Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Feb 28, 2017 7:00 AM CST
I think a lot of us are making some effort to keep records of stats of registered daylilies because we were trying to give more localized data for many of the plants. The stats given by the hybridizer are often not the same as the result in an individual purchasers garden. Many of us desired more feedback on how the plants did closer to our location, so Dave helped up create reports to help with that.
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I think somehow these reports have gotten lost in all the new things being done here on the site. I would love to seem more people reporting using them.
Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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petruske
Feb 28, 2017 10:32 PM CST
Thanks Larry! I found the link (on the Plants Data base pages) to the Performance Report chart you pictured. I will be using it this year. I like the drop down boxes. Means less typing Hurray! .
Name: Mary
Crown Point, Indiana (Zone 5b)
josieskid
Mar 1, 2017 10:22 AM CST
Where is the "Performance Report chart"? I've just spent the better part of an hour looking on here and at daylilies.org, and I can't find it, and I need it!

The storms woke me up all night so I can't think straight!
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Mar 1, 2017 10:55 AM CST
@josieskid.
Go to the daylily database and type in the name of any daylily, the search will bring it up and over in the left column you will see " Adding Actions" listed. The fourth one down (last one) is ยป File a plant performance report. Click on that and the report will come up.
I usually go there from my plant list, but for those that don't have a plant list here on NGA the above method works fine.
Name: Mary
Crown Point, Indiana (Zone 5b)
josieskid
Mar 1, 2017 12:19 PM CST
Larry, you are wonderful, but neither of these worked for me.
Name: Mary
Crown Point, Indiana (Zone 5b)
josieskid
Mar 1, 2017 12:27 PM CST
I performed a search for "Art Attack", but on the left hand side was a list of cultivars with the search term in it's name. Clicked on everything else on that page and it wasn't there.

Went on my plant list. Looked on the page of one I own. No sign of a "File a plant performance report".

Thanks anyway!
Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Mar 1, 2017 12:31 PM CST
Ok, let me make sure we are talking about the same "Report or chart", are we talking about the one Dave created and I posted the screenshot of, the one with the drop down boxes "petruske" referred to? If so then post the steps you took and I will see if we can find out what went wrong.



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Name: Mary
Crown Point, Indiana (Zone 5b)
josieskid
Mar 1, 2017 1:32 PM CST
I FOUND IT!!!
Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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petruske
Apr 12, 2017 9:20 PM CST
I finally got out to check the seedling bed (planted 648 in June of 2016 - first time at hybridizing). Did some weeding and started recording a section to note how many were lost over the winter. Because I have them planted way too close, I did hope some would NOT make it. BUT, lo and behold!! Out of the section I checked: 119 plantings - 3 were lost. But, yikes Blinking there are 41 increases. Oh my!!!! Blinking
Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Apr 13, 2017 7:24 AM CST
I have wondered about a situation like that. If some of those daylilies multiply by sending out runners and they are planted very close you'll have to be careful with their Identities.
Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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petruske
Apr 13, 2017 10:31 PM CST
I think just one of them was sending out a runner. I'm not sure "exactly" what a runner is, but one is coming out and sort of pointing sideways. All the others are coming up right around the initial seedling like I usually see new fans sprouting up. I'll have to get a picture of it and post so you can tell me if it indeed looks like a runner. Or are all increases called "runners"?
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Apr 14, 2017 6:10 AM CST
Stoloniferous daylilies, which have underground runners can produce new fans that pop upto maybe a foot or more from the original plant.
Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Apr 14, 2017 6:41 AM CST
Larry - Is there a way to search for "stoloniferous" daylilies in the plant database? I have no idea if any of mine are such. Shrug!
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Apr 14, 2017 7:11 AM CST
No, I don't think so. I am still looking for a list of them on other sites. There is and old thread on this site about them, a few names are mentioned, but no list.
Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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petruske
Apr 14, 2017 9:38 PM CST
Didn't get a picture today of that seedling . Hope to tomorrow. I had one (purchased DL) a couple years ago that I dug up because it was sending fans out sideways and each year it decrease. It was "Wally". I dug it up and found three fans that were growing under the soil. I'm going to keep an eye on it to see if it does the same thing or if it was just an error in the way I planted it initially.

I weeded another 100 seedlings today. Out of those I lost 2. There are 54 increases!!! I'm doomed!!! I was worried last year when I planted these. Wondering what I'd do when they began to mature (being planted so close together). I NEVER expected all these increases the first year. Crying Blinking I gotta come up with a plan. Shrug!
Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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petruske
Apr 15, 2017 9:49 AM CST
Here are the pictures:

Is this an increase coming out as a runner? Shown on Wisest of Wizards x Lavender Reflections
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This is what I expected an increase to look like. Shown on Holly Dancer x Trahlyta
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One more question. What should the "spring" foliage look like on a dormant vs. an evergreen or semi-evergreen? Can you determine that this soon? (These were planted in June of 2016; after being started in the house in Feb/March.)

Could this be a SE or E? Facination Street x Gram's Dream
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Would this be a dormant? Glimmer Girl x Lake Effect
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