Daylilies forum: Daylily fan broken off

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Name: Connie
Edmonton, Alberta area (Canada (Zone 3a)
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conniepr27
Jun 26, 2017 5:55 AM CST
Silly me; I planted catnip in my flowerbed right beside a new, tender daylily fan. My cats rolled in the catnip and rolled over onto the daylily fan and broke it right off at the ground.

I have the fan sitting in water right now, because I noticed that it had a couple small protusions at the bottom that might turn into roots. Does anyone know whether there's any chance of saving this daylily?
Name: Kim Krodel
CT (Zone 6a)
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Krodero
Jun 26, 2017 6:12 AM CST
Leave the root in the ground as is (maybe move the catnip 😉). Hopefully you'll see some new growth starting to emerge in a little while. A little milorganite or organic nitrogen source might give it a boost for all new foliage production. Did you just plant it this year?
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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touchofsky
Jun 26, 2017 7:22 AM CST
If the broken fan has any of the part where the roots join the fan (I believe that area is called the crown), then it will grow new roots. I have put broken fans in the ground and kept them watered and they have rooted. It is worth a try. As Kim mentioned above, the roots left in the ground will send up new fans.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jun 26, 2017 7:25 AM CST
It will be interesting to see if the fan lives, I don't expect it to. I think you would need some roots and a good part of the crown for it to live. But, I do think the plant in the ground will be ok. It could go through a spurt of fan increase, that sometimes happens in such situations.
Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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alilyfan
Jun 26, 2017 8:23 AM CST
I have had success doing that. Seems like when fans break off, it is always on the ones I only have a couple of fans, so I try anything. I've even had roots grow when no sign of a root is there, but took a couple of years for the fan to recuperate enough to bloom. I started in water & potted them up. Not all survived to be planted in ground, but that might be because I am bad with potted plants & tend to forget to water.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jun 26, 2017 9:17 AM CST
That is good to know!
Name: Connie
Edmonton, Alberta area (Canada (Zone 3a)
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conniepr27
Jun 26, 2017 4:58 PM CST
No, there was no part of the crown attached. This daylily came in a mail order this spring as a bare root piece with just a little bit of a fan starting to grow.

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Name: Sue
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sooby
Jun 26, 2017 5:10 PM CST
It looks like there is crown tissue attached. When you say a bare root piece, do you mean a rhizome? That's rather what it looks like. Daylilies do not grow from pieces of root but they do grow from rhizomes (which could be mistaken for root unless you look closely). Not all daylilies produce rhizomes, though, but a cultivar that pops up fans a little distance from the main plant is an indication that one does.

Since there appears to be root on that fan, unless I'm misinterpreting the picture, it has a chance to regrow if you cut the fan back and give it some TLC (not in direct sun).
Name: Connie
Edmonton, Alberta area (Canada (Zone 3a)
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conniepr27
Jun 26, 2017 5:17 PM CST
Okay then, I'm glad I put it in water instead of just throwing it out! Thanks for all the responses and sharing of your experiences!

I think I'll plant it tomorrow. It's really hot today and tomorrow is supposed to cool right down. I think I'll move that catnip tomorrow too, in the hopes that the part still in the ground also comes up!
Name: Kevin Smith
INDIANA (Zone 5b)
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kssmith
Jun 26, 2017 10:03 PM CST
A month ago i was weeding with a spade and chopped a fan off Optical Art. Since then i put milorganite down mainly to keep the rabbits away. New growth started from the broken fan and a scape has appeared. All i lost was some foliage. I am so relieved i thought it was lost for the season.
SO MANY DAYLILYS, SO LITTLE LAND
Name: Connie
Edmonton, Alberta area (Canada (Zone 3a)
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conniepr27
Jun 27, 2017 10:46 AM CST
I ordered five of these daylilies this Spring. Can anyone tell me what the chances are for getting blooms on them this first year? They were Uncharted Waters, bare root, from Brecks.
Name: Connie
Edmonton, Alberta area (Canada (Zone 3a)
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conniepr27
Jun 27, 2017 1:19 PM CST
The catnip is moved and the broken fan is planted!

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Name: Virginia Harmon
Woodside, CA 94062 (Zone 8b)
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VHarmon
Jun 27, 2017 1:56 PM CST
conniepr27 said:No, there was no part of the crown attached. This daylily came in a mail order this spring as a bare root piece with just a little bit of a fan starting to grow.

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Did you take a picture when you received the order?
This looks more like a proliferation than a crown division.
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Name: Connie
Edmonton, Alberta area (Canada (Zone 3a)
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conniepr27
Jun 27, 2017 2:12 PM CST
No, I didn't. They looked pretty healthy, the five that I received; other than, one of them did not have any leaves on it. This one that broke was not that one.

On a side note, I planted the one with no leaves, must be six weeks ago, and there is still nothing coming up out of the ground. :(
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jun 27, 2017 2:18 PM CST
Six weeks is a long time, I realize you are in Canada, but still I would have expected to see some growth by now! I have plants from seeds that are doing better than that. I would contact the vendor.
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