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Name: Nikki
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Scatterbrain
Jul 10, 2017 3:42 AM CST
Hi,

I was just wondering how for long everyone soaks their newly arrived daylilies before planting?

I usually give them a few hours but wondered for how long is it okay to leave them in water if something happens to delay your planting, especially bearing in mind that Britain has a very wet climate anyway so will most likely be planted into very damp/wet soil.

Not anticipating any problems but plants due to arrive very soon-hopefully today- and as usual it is pelting it down and due to severe mobility and bone problems would prefer not to plant out in heavy rain.
Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Jul 10, 2017 5:54 AM CST
I also normally soak my plants for a few hours before planting. I am not sure there is actually a limit for how long they could stay as long as the crowns were not drowned. Some people have been know to raise daylilies in plastic pools(potted) for months. My bog bed is almost like raising them in water. I do lose a plant or two down there, but I also lose a few in other beds that are just normal soil so I am never sure when a plant dies down in the bog bed if it was from too much water or other reasons.
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Jul 10, 2017 6:07 AM CST
I've soaked mine for 3-4 days when they were delayed and they did fine.
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touchofsky
Jul 10, 2017 6:23 AM CST
I soak mine overnight, then plant, although when the weather has turned bad, they have spent a few days in water, on occasion.

The daylily nursery near me says up to a week. My daughter has left them in buckets of water for several weeks and they have all done great afterwards.
Name: Nikki
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Scatterbrain
Jul 10, 2017 6:50 AM CST
Thanks everyone,

That's all very helpful. Hurray! Thank You!
Name: Mayo
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Mayo62
Jul 11, 2017 2:49 PM CST
hi Scatterbrain,

I've had 5 DL's in a 25cm deep tub of water for 3 months (June - September) without any problems afterward.
I refreshed the water once a week and the leaves even were growing while in the tub Thumbs up


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Name: Nikki
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Scatterbrain
Jul 13, 2017 9:37 AM CST
Thanks Mayo,

That's good to know for the future.

I've managed to get them all in now so just waiting for a nice day to sit in the garden and watch them grow. Just got a couple more to arrive from Fran├žois but they are coming late September so can relax now. Hurray!

How about you, are yours all planted or are they still to arrive?
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Name: Mayo
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Mayo62
Jul 16, 2017 2:35 AM CST
hi Scatterbrain,

no, no more plants arriving this year! Crossing Fingers!

I'm developing a semi-serious space problem: I had thought to toss at least half of my seedlings, but there are only 1 or 2 that I don't like.. Hilarious!

So now I'm looking at my cultivars and am trying to find new homes for
Spotted Fever, Bill Vojir, Roswitha, Lavender Tutu, Lotus Position, New Paradigm, Dan Mack Mitchell, Summer Wine, Dan's White Lie and several others... Big Grin
All are part of the clumps that I have in my home garden which I divided to have them at my allotment as well.
But I guess I don't need 3 clumps of everything and instead want to grow out more of my seedlings. Thumbs up

I do still have a wishlist: some of Davi's beauties that I don't have yet and I really like Sandy Nall's plants.. Lovey dubby But I'm not in a hurry. Still got 100(0 Whistling )'s of seeds from wonderful crosses that haven't been sown yet nodding

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Name: Nikki
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Scatterbrain
Jul 16, 2017 7:23 AM CST
Mayo62 said:hi Scatterbrain,

no, no more plants arriving this year! Crossing Fingers!

I'm developing a semi-serious space problem: I had thought to toss at least half of my seedlings, but there are only 1 or 2 that I don't like.. Hilarious!

So now I'm looking at my cultivars and am trying to find new homes for
Spotted Fever, Bill Vojir, Roswitha, Lavender Tutu, Lotus Position, New Paradigm, Dan Mack Mitchell, Summer Wine, Dan's White Lie and several others... Big Grin
All are part of the clumps that I have in my home garden which I divided to have them at my allotment as well.
But I guess I don't need 3 clumps of everything and instead want to grow out more of my seedlings. Thumbs up

I do still have a wishlist: some of Davi's beauties that I don't have yet and I really like Sandy Nall's plants.. Lovey dubby But I'm not in a hurry. Still got 100(0 Whistling )'s of seeds from wonderful crosses that haven't been sown yet nodding

Mayo


Yes, I like the Sandy Nall ones, I would love Water and Wine (or Wine and Water, I can never remember which way round) but when I enquired about it to buy was advised that it is a weak plant here in Europe and Printmaker would be the better choice and as it is so expensive it won't be coming to Yorkshire. Poor thing would go into shock! ­čś×

I also want Behold the Believable (DeVito) but Francois informed me it has gone into summer dormancy so hopefully next spring!

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Name: Mayo
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Mayo62
Jul 16, 2017 12:17 PM CST
Scatterbrain said:Yes, I like the Sandy Nall ones, I would love Water and Wine (or Wine and Water, I can never remember which way round) but when I enquired about it to buy was advised that it is a weak plant here in Europe and Printmaker would be the better choice and as it is so expensive it won't be coming to Yorkshire. Poor thing would go into shock! ­čś×

I also want Behold the Believable (DeVito) but Francois informed me it has gone into summer dormancy so hopefully next spring!


@Scatterbrain
Ah yes, Francois has his nursery in the south of Spain, so some of his plants go into summer dormancy.
Something you and I will never see in our gardens Hilarious!
I bought plants from him september 2015 and they had been/were in summer dormancy...
He actually didn't want to sell me HAI because he didn't think they would make it! Whistling

I don't have photo's of HAI anymore from that time, but I found the pix from Firefly Frenzy:
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(for reference: the yellow markers are 4"x 0.4"... )

Needless to say I was in shock Rolling on the floor laughing
All of them, incuding HAI, did wonderful and have bloomed their little hearts out last year and this Summer!

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Thumb of 2017-07-16/Mayo62/13c6fe Firefly Frenzy

Thumb of 2017-07-16/Mayo62/d890d3 Heavenly Angel Ice

Sandy Nall's plants are too tender for our climate..? Sad
I believe she's in Louisiana so I suspect she has has virtually n├│ Winter..
I'll trow the question on the forum to see who has her plants and how they're doing

Mayo

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mantisOH
Jul 16, 2017 7:41 PM CST
Too long a soak encourages crown rot. A lot of people tout the advantages of long soakings (days) as a rationalization for their failure to get things planted.
Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Jul 16, 2017 8:49 PM CST
How long is too long a soak?
Name: Nikki
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Scatterbrain
Jul 17, 2017 12:47 AM CST
@Mayo

I don't know if it is all of them or just that particular variety. That one is apparently a weak plant in Belgium.

I know Fran├žois has one or two Sandy Nall ones on his website so he would be able to advise you better.

Poor little Firefly did look like it had been through the wars--looks great now though. I never have daylilies going dormant here--not even the ones meant to be dormant!

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mantisOH
Jul 19, 2017 7:59 PM CST
If a daylily arrives shriveled and dried out, a longer soaking may be necessary. But generally, soaking for a few hours is adequate. If one cannot plant for days, it would be better to heel in a plant.
Name: Mayo
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Mayo62
Jul 20, 2017 7:43 AM CST
mantisOH said:If a daylily arrives shriveled and dried out, a longer soaking may be necessary. But generally, soaking for a few hours is adequate. If one cannot plant for days, it would be better to heel in a plant.


what does that mean.. to heel in a plant?

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Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Jul 20, 2017 8:22 AM CST
I am sure it can take different forms, but I think of heeling in a plant as digging a trench instead of separate holes and just laying all the plants that are being held in the trench and then putting dirt, compost, mulch etc. over the roots to keep them from drying out till they can be planted.
Name: Mayo
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Mayo62
Jul 20, 2017 10:24 AM CST
thanks for explaining, Larry! Thumbs up

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Name: Valerie
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touchofsky
Jul 20, 2017 11:30 AM CST
Seedfork said:I am sure it can take different forms, but I think of heeling in a plant as digging a trench instead of separate holes and just laying all the plants that are being held in the trench and then putting dirt, compost, mulch etc. over the roots to keep them from drying out till they can be planted.


Good explanation, Larry Thumbs up
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VHarmon
Jul 20, 2017 8:00 PM CST
I have found the. Addition of 3oz hydrogen peroxide per gallon of water for soaking overnight to be very helpful. I prefer to soak for an hour if the fans are more fresh.
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Name: Mary
Crown Point, Indiana (Zone 5b)
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Jul 21, 2017 5:04 AM CST
Great. I just received three beautiful daylilies that are gonna have to languish in a tub of water for awhile. It won't quit raining! And no way am I gonna go dig in that clay!

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