Daylilies forum: Root rot...what do I do

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Name: Amber
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amberjewel
Jul 20, 2017 5:43 AM CST
I bought Polarized this spring. The seller sent about 8 small fans of it. Not really blooming size so I didn't expect to see it this year. For that reason, I wasn't paying a lot of attention to the fans, and now there are only two left! I dug up the remaining two this morning and discovered that there are several rotten roots.

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The picture of the fans is after I took off the rotten roots. Those roots are hollow and squishy that I pulled off. The remaining ones are firm and have feeder roots. The crown isn't soft. My plan is to rinse the roots well and then put it in a pot where I can give it some TLC. Is there anything else I should do?
Amber
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Name: Valerie
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touchofsky
Jul 20, 2017 6:34 AM CST
That is what I would do, too. Use good soil, don't plant too deep and only water when needed (check by putting your fingers down into the soil to make sure it is dry).

Those two fans look healthy. Even healthy daylilies will have the odd dead, hollow root.

Good luck and keep us posted!
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jul 20, 2017 6:44 AM CST
I recently had "Look Here Mary' to develop root root. I dug up the plant, removed the rotted roots, rinsed it really well with a hose, then mixed up some Clorox and water and soaked the entire plant in the wheelbarrow for a few minutes then planted the three remaining fans in a pot. I placed the pot in a shady area where I could keep an eye on it. It is sending out new growth now. A ratio of 3 parts water to one part clorox is the mixture I used.
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Jul 20, 2017 7:27 AM CST
Daylilies have roots that die and are replaced so to some extent it is normal, as Valerie said. The white roots are new replacement roots.
Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Jul 20, 2017 8:14 AM CST
Great chance to educate me here.
Are those roots shown actually root rot? Mine looked slimy and smelled rotten. I don't have much experience with root rot.
Is that what nematode damage would look like? I have dug daylilies that might have a root or two that looked that bad, but if I had that many on one plant I would not think it to be normal dying off of roots. To me it looks like a disease or some type of insect damage? I was surprised to find so few examples (photos) of daylily root rot on the internet, anyone have some links? Would there be that many dead roots on a new plant just getting established? Or, or there normally that many dead roots when a new plant is failing to get established?
I would love to see others opinions.
Name: Sharon Rose
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Altheabyanothername
Jul 20, 2017 8:44 AM CST
I do not see knots in the roots so I would not think nematodes. I would do what Larry did except use hydrogen peroxide instead of bleach. But I think both work. I also would water the soil/ potting mix first with a stronger hydrogen peroxide mix. That kills anything in the soil. Wait a couple of hours for everything to dry. Sprinkle everything with cinnamon, roots and hole in pot. Where I dug them up from 1/2 to full strength hydrogen peroxide in the hole. A week later sprinkle baking soda lightly around and skip one year of planting there.

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taylordaylily
Jul 20, 2017 9:05 AM CST
I'm certainly no expert, but those roots don't look rotted to me. I was wondering if they are die back, due to differences in nutrients, or water. I've not experienced rot in daylilies, but have with other plants.

Sharon, I tip my hat to you. Your recommendations are awesome! Becky led me to discover the power of peroxide, and it's been a life changer. Thumbs up
Name: Amber
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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amberjewel
Jul 20, 2017 9:27 AM CST
Thank you everyone. I can't say for sure whether they are rotted or not as I haven't had enough experience to tell. @Seedfork You are right about the smell. I had a couple new plants die last year and when I dug them up they were slimy and smelly. That wasn't the case with these Polarized roots though. So maybe it isn't root rot. However, I don't know what else might have made the other fans die Shrug!
Amber
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