Daylilies forum: Measuring scape height

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Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Apr 13, 2017 9:34 AM CST
I was down in the garden and was thinking about starting to make notations on such things as scape height and branching (still working on the correct way to do the terminal end, for some reason I get confused on that). But, my question that popped up in my mind was, when do you measure scape height? I know the plants are early in the season and some of them ( 'Siloam Double Classic') for example have very short scapes, of course the ones with blooms already are taller than the ones with just buds, so when do I measure them. Bud builders like 'Crimson Pirate' seem to keep getting taller as the season rolls on. So I am thinking that the scape should be measured after the last bloom on it fades. Is that correct? I need help!
Name: Arlene
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florange
Apr 13, 2017 9:45 AM CST
Larry I keep records in a spiral notebook. Due to this, I don't count budcount, height or branching until I get ready to cut a spent scape. It's really easy to jot down the items all at once. As for measuring height, the measurement goes from the ground to the base of the flower where it attaches to the branch. That's how I can determine the height when the scape is spent.
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beckygardener
Apr 14, 2017 6:50 AM CST
So do you take numerous measurements of the lowest bud/bloom to the highest bud/bloom on a scape?
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Name: Arlene
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florange
Apr 14, 2017 6:57 PM CST
I just usually record the highest one. Early bloom are usually lower and later season blooms are usually taller. I'm anal but not that anal.
Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Apr 14, 2017 10:11 PM CST
I do think the scape height is suppose to be an average of heights, but I am not sure if that average is suppose to be of all the scapes, or maybe the tallest and shortest? I do know I have some cultivars that show a significant difference in scape heights at different times of the year.
Name: Arlene
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florange
Apr 15, 2017 5:55 AM CST
Because my info is only for my use and your info is for your use, do what makes sense to you.
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sooby
Apr 15, 2017 6:04 AM CST
Seedfork said:I do think the scape height is suppose to be an average of heights, but I am not sure if that average is suppose to be of all the scapes, or maybe the tallest and shortest? I do know I have some cultivars that show a significant difference in scape heights at different times of the year.


It's supposed to be an average according to the registration instructions:

http://www.daylilies.org/Dayli...

I know some people wait until bloom has finished and then measure the dead scapes.

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