Daylilies forum: Daylilies only flowering every other year

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Name: Nikki
Yorkshire, UK (Zone 8a)
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Scatterbrain
Aug 1, 2017 3:55 AM CST
Does anyone else have any daylilies that only flower every other year?

I have had Pony for around ten yeas and it ONLY flowers every other year--it has never flowered for two years in succession. Has anyone else had anything similar?
Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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alilyfan
Aug 1, 2017 5:36 AM CST
I have bearded iris that do that, but not daylilies. Occasionally I have a daylily that didn't bloom one year that looks healthy & able, but usually I can find a reason for that-needs division or weather, or another plant has moved in on it shading or overcrowding it.
Name: Valerie
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touchofsky
Aug 1, 2017 5:44 AM CST
I have Pony and it normally blooms every year, but it isn't blooming this year. I have several that normally bloom and are not. It has been a crazy year, though, with 4" of snow on May 8th, a very cold June, and record rainfall. It is finally warming up and the daylilies ate starting to open well.
Name: Nikki
Yorkshire, UK (Zone 8a)
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Scatterbrain
Aug 1, 2017 6:21 AM CST
Thanks guys

I like it when it flowers but it is difficult to justify keeping it. Probably one of those varieties that just doesn't like my garden as it has been moved to a couple of difference positions to try to get it to flower.

Yorkshire weather doesn't suit everyone after all with its general lack of sunshine Sighing! :

It might have to go.
Name: Valerie
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touchofsky
Aug 1, 2017 6:43 AM CST
I love Pony. It is such a cute bi-colour. It is a shame it doesn't bloom well for you. How long have you left it in one position? Maybe it doesn't like being moved.

I crossed it last year with Jocelyn's Oddity (pod parent) and the pollen was fertile. I got 18 seeds, started 6, and all germinated. Maybe you could keep it another year and if it blooms use its pollen on a consistent bloomer Smiling
Name: Heidi
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mom2cjemma
Aug 1, 2017 9:46 AM CST
I have a large group of no-show's this year. I have almost 250 varieties and so far 153 have bloomed and many to come in the next few weeks, but I can say for sure, the following were early July bloomers last year and nothing this year (all in the same location, nothing moved and many around them going crazy):
Big Mack
Calico Spider
Christmas Ribbon
Dragons Orb
Ever So Softly
Fugitive
Jean Swann (didn't bloom last year either)
Little Grapette (didn't bloom last year either, and probably has a good excuse of being smothered)
Pandora's Box (again two clumps and barely performed last year, nothing this year)
Partita
Party Queen
Siloam Bye Lo
Siloam Joan Senior
Star Spangled (huge healthy clump)
Stella D'Oro....... I must have 20-25 clumps throughout my yard and got maybe 5 scapes this year.
Tigerling
Leebea Orange Crush (2 seperate clumps 10 feet apart....nothing)
Volcanic Explosion
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Name: Nikki
Yorkshire, UK (Zone 8a)
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Scatterbrain
Aug 1, 2017 9:57 AM CST
@touchofsky-Valerie, it had two years in one position then moved to another (sunnier) spot for three years and then five years in a different sunny spot, but it is in a large (20 inch diameter) pot like all my daylilies so we just moved the pot, the roots weren't disturbed.

It arrived as three tiny fans and has increased but not greatly, has been a weak grower as well as a poor bloomer--even when it does flower it is only a few buds. I think it is probably one that needs more sun than we get in Yorkshire.

I've set a couple of pods on it so I think that I will harvest those and sadly wish it goodbye. There are others I like as much if not more that can make better use of the space and be happier in my garden.
Name: Nikki
Yorkshire, UK (Zone 8a)
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Scatterbrain
Aug 1, 2017 10:07 AM CST
@mom2cjemma--that is soo frustrating, isn't it? Have you been rained out all summer where you are? We have had almost constant rain since May, most of it torrential. If it was just this year I would put it down to that but as I say--it has flowered EVERY OTHER YEAR for ten years now.

Most varieties do okay here but Pony has never been happy. The other one that struggles to flower here is Changing Latitudes.

Will need to go and check if these two are dormants, maybe it hasn't been cold enough in winter the last few years.

Edited--just checked and they ARE both dormants--the last very cold winter was about 5 years ago (-25 Centigrade), maybe that's why they don't flower well.
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Name: Heidi
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mom2cjemma
Aug 1, 2017 10:39 AM CST

Mine are an assortment of Dormant/Semi-Evergreen/Evergreen.

We had a bit of rain earlier in the season, but not grossly over, just making up for 2 years of drought. It has been dryer for the past 2 weeks.
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Name: Elena
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bxncbx
Aug 2, 2017 7:15 AM CST
Heidi, I have many that didn't bloom either. I'm wondering if it was the combination of the late freezes (for the early bloomers) and not having enough energy to bloom because of the drought last year (mids & lates). At least I'm hoping that's the problem. Several of my Ev and SEV daylilies didn't bloom. But also plenty of dormants. Some that have bloomed no matter what for years didn't bloom. So I'm trying to keep everything well watered and fertilized this year. Crossing Fingers! they'll all rebound next year.

I'm surprised you haven't gotten more rain. NYC has a 4" surplus for the year although lately it hasn't rained much. But typically by August we are running a significant deficit. I think that is why most of the ones that did bloom really put on a show!

I also can't believe you have so many late bloomers! I only have 5 cultivars left to bloom and I thought I was doing well!
Name: Heidi
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mom2cjemma
Aug 2, 2017 5:31 PM CST
Elena, I really want some more late bloomers. It seems that my mids are mids and then suddenly I have to wait for my lates/very lates.

Some of the ones that I still to bloom include:
Autumn Minaret (not seeing any scapes yet)
Back to School
Barbara (not seeing scapes yet)
Diana's Evening Gown
Genesta
Late Summer Fling
North Wind Dancer
Peanut Butter Frenzy
Savannah Debutante
Steeple Jackie
Suzy Cream Cheese
Zen Pavilion (threw its first bloom today)

Plus my bud builders are going just starting:
Final Touch
Pumpkin Time

And I have rebloom on Winemaker, May May and Siloam Ribbon Candy.

Lots of my lates were mid this year.

So yes, we were getting a lot of rain earlier in the summer. I know that while we are now out of drought condition, we weren't in a surplus........ until maybe today. This afternoon we got 2 inches in less than an hour!


Heidi
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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bxncbx
Aug 3, 2017 10:09 AM CST
Heidi all of my very lates are unregistered plants from Olallie Daylilies except for Sandra Elizabeth. In the last day or so Rajastan Sands and A Ripe Peach have started blooming. So now all I have left are Butterscotch Harvest (can bloom into October), Sandra Elizabeth, Watermelon Summer and Hurricane Eduard. Some of my other very lates aren't going to bloom this year (Type Alpha, Lime Lighter and Bridal Lilac).

I added a lot of late daylilies this year but they all bloomed earlier than I expected. I'll have to wait and see when they bloom next year. I'm not sure but it seems like this year some daylilies have shifted their bloom times. I'm thinking this because some cultivars always bloom together but this year they haven't. I won't know for sure until bloom season is over. Then I can figure out exactly when the different bloom times started.

We got a ton of rain yesterday also! It figures because I watered heavily the day before. But I'm hoping to get some rebloom (very rare for me) from some cultivars that looked awful in the Spring but have recovered really well. Crossing Fingers!
Name: pam
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gardenglory
Aug 3, 2017 10:16 AM CST
I have had some non bloomers too. The one that surprises me the most is London Tower. It usually blooms alot.
Name: Heidi
CT (Zone 5b)
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mom2cjemma
Jun 27, 2018 5:35 PM CST
I just came across this thread from last year and had totally forgotten how many didn't bloom last year.

I am seeing quite a few of these with scapes on them and getting ready to bloom this year.

Star Spangled will bloom anyday now and it has 8 scapes this year! Also definitely have scapes on Pandora's Box, Dragon's Orb, Volcanic Explosion and Tigerling.


mom2cjemma said:I have a large group of no-show's this year. I have almost 250 varieties and so far 153 have bloomed and many to come in the next few weeks, but I can say for sure, the following were early July bloomers last year and nothing this year (all in the same location, nothing moved and many around them going crazy):
Big Mack
Calico Spider
Christmas Ribbon
Dragons Orb
Ever So Softly
Fugitive
Jean Swann (didn't bloom last year either)
Little Grapette (didn't bloom last year either, and probably has a good excuse of being smothered)
Pandora's Box (again two clumps and barely performed last year, nothing this year)
Partita
Party Queen
Siloam Bye Lo
Siloam Joan Senior
Star Spangled (huge healthy clump)
Stella D'Oro....... I must have 20-25 clumps throughout my yard and got maybe 5 scapes this year.
Tigerling
Leebea Orange Crush (2 seperate clumps 10 feet apart....nothing)
Volcanic Explosion


Heidi
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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bxncbx
Jun 27, 2018 6:04 PM CST
I find that if a plant doesn't bloom one year (& looks healthy) it will almost definitely bloom the next and give you lots of blooms! Last year was pretty bad for me too but I've got scapes on plants I had for years & never bloomed this year. I'm super excited! Of course I also have some plants that are not scaping for no earthly reason I can see. I'm expecting big things from the next year!

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