Daylilies forum: Can anyone tell me if this is a possibility .........

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signet
Jun 15, 2017 7:58 AM CST
Morning all, I have a query. I received a daylily this spring that arrived with a couple of fans intact but a whole section had no fans. There was a crown and good roots (basically a whole plant minus the fans) . So I split this piece off and I planted it up in some coir ( helps avoid bacterial rot as there is no organic material in it so fungus' etc don't do well in the stuff). I set the plant and pot aside and now a couple of weeks later the plant is sending out shoots from the sides of the crown. Which in and of itself is great but they are all going sideways instead of up .

My question is this: Has anyone ever taken a plant in this kind of situation and split the crown in half ....in otherwords creating 2 separate plants and then replant so that the orientation of the side shoots are facing upwards.

What is the likely hood of the plant surviving and going on to grow well? Would I need to let the split crown (where it is cut ) dry before planting again . Would the plant even survive ?

Any and all thoughts are appreciated
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Name: Maurice
Grey County, Ontario (Zone 4b)
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admmad
Jun 15, 2017 9:57 AM CST
The fans should be perfectly okay in the way they are growing. With time the leafy part of the fans should bend up because the growth reacts to gravity. Later as more growth occurs the growing point will also tend to become positioned more normally.

It is probable that the plant will survive and grow well without any intervention.

It is also probable that if you cut the crown into two pieces, let the cut surfaces dry and callus over and then plant the two pieces that you will produce two small but healthy plants.

Single crowns with single growing points (single fans) can be cut into pieces to produce more, but smaller fans. Some of the pieces will probably die if the growing point is cut into too many small pieces or if rot and fungus take hold.
Maurice
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jun 15, 2017 11:28 AM CST
I would not split the crown, but would let it grow at least this season and see how it does. I have only had one plant damaged like that (no leaves at all left) and it is doing fantastic.

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