Daylilies forum: Prague Spring...hard dormant?

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Name: Amber
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amberjewel
Jul 25, 2017 2:53 PM CST
Can anyone tell me if Prague Spring is a hard dormant? Would it do okay in a Zone 8 garden?
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jul 25, 2017 3:13 PM CST
amberjewel said:Can anyone tell me if Prague Spring is a hard dormant? Would it do okay in a Zone 8 garden?


That's kind of two different questions Smiling The first depends on which definition of "hard dormant" because it's not a standard term that means the same to everyone. I don't know the answer to the second but I would assume so, Lambert was in North Carolina at least at some point. I know someone who grows it in Florida but I don't know how it actually performs there. It strugged a bit to get going here but after a couple of years is doing fine now but I'm Zone 4 so that doesn't help unless the interpretation of "hard dormant" is cold hardy. The other interpretation is that it dies back naturally (without freezing back) and doesn't regrow for an extended period. There might be more... Hopefully someone in Zone 8 can answer the question from experience.
Name: Mayo
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Mayo62
Jul 25, 2017 3:43 PM CST
I'm not sure what 'hard dormant' means...? Shrug!

I have Prague Spring since 2015 and it is doing very well here.
Last Winter was very mild, even for our standards: we had hardly any frost.
The result was that it didn't loose all the foliage this Winter.
It has multiplied from 5 to 12 fans, with 11 scapes this Summer Thumbs up

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Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Jul 25, 2017 4:16 PM CST
Here is one definition of hard dormant.
http://www.centertonnursery.co...
Name: Sue
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sooby
Jul 25, 2017 4:22 PM CST
Seedfork said:Here is one definition of hard dormant.
http://www.centertonnursery.co...


Well, add another definition of " hard dormant" to the list! Hilarious!

Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jul 25, 2017 4:49 PM CST
Quote from Munson's book Hemerocallis - The Daylily:

"....."hard" dormant, dormant but requiring a long dormant period; "soft" dormant, dormant but requiring only about a month or less of rest before starting into growth again." "

....."hard" evergreen, evergreen but hardy; "soft" evergreen, evergreen but tender..."

I don't know why hard and soft referred to hardiness/tenderness for one and length of time without leaves (presumably, since in daylily circles dormant has meant deciduous) was the meaning for the other.

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