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alyme
Apr 11, 2017 1:58 PM CST
Hi all, so yesterday while cleaning and planting in part of my garden, I noticed TONS of dead leaves on the underside of my daylily.... Then lots of leaves that are turning brown/yellow. The daylily was here 2 years ago when we bought the house, it was much smaller then, and neglected, but it's been getting huge and has had tons of flowers the last couple years! I've never seen so many dead leaves though and after reading some articles it has me a bit worried. I don't think it's crown rot, but I've seen this "shoestring disease" and the description and photos seem to match spot on! But idk what to do? Leave it be and wait it out? Start yanking all the semi dead leaves? Or pull the whole thing? There's now maybe 3-4 different fans (which I just learned about dividing them so I know now I should do that 😕) but we've had a weird winter here in SoCal TONS of rain this past season to almost get us out of the drought haha. Could that be it? I'll attach a couple photos, one from last spring with flowers, the dead stuff I pulled last night, a photo you can kinda see the bush before I pulled everything. Any advice or direction would be appreciated! Thanks so much!
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Apr 11, 2017 2:04 PM CST
Welcome!

As long as it's underneath the daylily it looks like it's just the previous year's dead leaves. It's normal for deciduous ("dormant") daylilies to do that.
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Zencat
Apr 11, 2017 2:11 PM CST
My daylilies always die back completely. Yours looks fine. Great actually and much better than some of mine right now.
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ctcarol
Apr 11, 2017 6:47 PM CST
I'm in So. Ca. also, and I pull off those dead leaves on both dormant and evergreen Daylilies all through the growing season. All plants loose the old leaves, and here that's pretty much all year.
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Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Apr 11, 2017 10:56 PM CST
ctcarol said:I'm in So. Ca. also, and I pull off those dead leaves on both dormant and evergreen Daylilies all through the growing season. All plants loose the old leaves, and here that's pretty much all year.


I'd cut off the dead leaves. Some leaves really want to stay attached and that can loosen the roots pulling them.

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Calif_Sue
Apr 12, 2017 9:48 AM CST

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I pull them off easily, very hard to loosen daylily roots, especially when they are that established. nodding
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alyme
Apr 16, 2017 1:45 PM CST
Thank you all for your wisdom! That makes me feel much better! After I read these responses a couple days ago I went back out and pulled the rest of the dead leaves (the fully dead ones were DEAD and basically fell off) and the rest, I trimmed down, cut all the dead or super yellowing pieces down, I don't think we've done that in forever, so it may have needed some TLC. Once I got down therthe, I was able to see the roots a lot better too, and (I'm embarrassed to even say this after what I've learned!) it looks like there are over 10 fans from this Lily! So I'm thinking it's possible that there's too much going on right there for it to get all the nutrients it needs? I just don't know if I should dig up the ones that are definitely away from the main plant? And leave the large one alone? Here's a couple pictures after I've kind of cleaned it up a bit more... thank you all again!
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Name: Celia
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Zencat
Apr 16, 2017 2:34 PM CST
They can easily be divided. A sharp shovel will do the job. I would wait until they're done blooming though. Maybe this Fall and by then you can decide where the new ones will go.
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Calif_Sue
Apr 16, 2017 5:37 PM CST

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I would pull away the bark mulch from the crowns of the plants, the crowns should be close the the surface, if they too deep, it could hinder bloom.
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alyme
May 27, 2017 2:33 PM CST
You guys are amazing! Thank you all so much! In just a month and a half I took this dying lily, cut and pulled so much dead from it down to a little bush, and within a few weeks it's just grown like a weed and blooming left and right! So happy I came to this site! Thanks again!!

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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
May 27, 2017 2:46 PM CST

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Looking good! Thumbs up
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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
May 27, 2017 4:13 PM CST
How pretty! Glad you came back to show us! Lovey dubby

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