Daylilies forum: Quick Advice Needed

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Name: Amber
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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May 2, 2017 3:14 PM CST
I got my order from Rich at CT daylilies on Saturday. Unfortunately, it has poured here every day since. I immediately them in a tub with some shallow water...I've done this with all orders I receive until I'm ready to put them in the ground. It is sunny today, but I have to go to ball games tonight and tomorrow. Here is what they look like now...

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They are starting to turn a little yellow at the tips. Will they make it until Thursday or Friday when I can finally get them in the ground? Should I put a little fertilizer in the water with them? Or should I put them in some shallow potting soil instead?

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Name: Sue
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May 2, 2017 3:18 PM CST
They look like the roots are mostly out of water so are drying out. I would either fill more water but make sure the crowns are out of it if you want to keep them in the tub or, my preference, "park" them in potting mix - it doesn't have to be shallow, put them in it to the depth you would plant them outdoors. I would not put fertilizer in with them, if you put too much it will make them take up even less water.
Name: Ginny G
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May 2, 2017 4:29 PM CST
I agree with Sue on stick them in some potting soil and then I plant the potting soil along with the daylily when I put it outside. (Of course I have to amend everything so that helps mine!) I've had them in water several days but this year I've been potting them until I can plant since we've had so much rain! Good luck. Once the new leaves start growing up when they're planted I trim the crappy ones back Smiling
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Name: Stan
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May 3, 2017 9:51 AM CST
I saw this on one recently and it was in shallow water too.

Note to self, get potting mix.
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