Daylilies forum: "Preemies"

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Name: Dennis
SW Michigan (Zone 5a)
Apr 23, 2017 12:41 PM CST
Last year several of my daylilies surprised me by having double or split pistils. I thought this was a bizarre rarity, but turns out it is fairly common.

This year I have a daylily displaying what I thought was a bizarre rarity: growing a scape immediately after emerging in spring!

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Turns out this isn’t very uncommon either. I asked a hybridizer about it and he said that he sees at least a few of these pretty much every year. He calls them “preemies”. (I am not exactly sure how that name came about?)

I don’t think that it is known for sure what causes this. He theorizes sometimes fans are just about to pop-up rebloom scapes in the fall, but then frost hits and causes them to go dormant. In the spring some of them remember they were in that process and feel compelled to continue putting up the scapes immediately upon re-emerging from dormancy. Kind of makes sense to me. He said the scapes and flowers are usually stunted and that the flowers typically look quite bad.

This is a first for me, so my daylilies have once again surprised me-- and I learned something new! Shrug! Thumbs up
And hey, I guess I'm glad to get a chance to see some extra early blooms, no matter what they look like!

Name: Virginia Harmon
Woodside, CA 94062 (Zone 8b)
Pollen Dauber
Apr 23, 2017 12:47 PM CST
Best practice might be to cut it off and encourage foliage rather than the scape as it would otherwise weaken the plant.
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Name: Dennis
SW Michigan (Zone 5a)
Apr 23, 2017 12:56 PM CST
Virginia I was thinking the same thing, especially since this poor single fan needs to focus on foliage! I will have plenty of good blooms to see if I am patient...

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