Daylilies forum: Seedlings are growing fast

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Name: Catherine Moll
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dixiebelle426
Aug 25, 2017 5:08 PM CST
My seedlings have really took off some are about 6 inches high. Only a few questions this time.
Should I cut them back when they reach a certain height?
I know a lot of people plant new daylilies in the fall could I plant my seedlings this fall? I am in south Georgia, or wait till spring?
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Aug 25, 2017 6:15 PM CST
Ideally you should avoid cutting them back because the leaves are making their food, so reducing the leaf area reduces the amount of food they can make. If they get floppy enough that you feel you need to, then they are not getting enough light (possibly combined with too much water and fertilizer). If you separate them to transplant them then you may need to cut them back to avoid wilting because of root loss. I'll leave the planting time question for someone in your area.
Name: Regina
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scflowers
Aug 25, 2017 6:51 PM CST
Dixiebelle,
I live just east of Augusta, GA, which is north of where you reside. I think your seedlings will do just fine outside for the winter. When they get a little older and the weather begins to cool, give them a layer of mulch to help protect them on cold nights.

With the very mild winter we had last year, some of my DLs continued to grow throughout winter. Out of over 400 seedlings planted, I only lost five during the winter. I figure those were just weak plants and nature's way of culling the herd.
Name: Catherine Moll
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dixiebelle426
Aug 25, 2017 7:18 PM CST
Thanks, I will probably plant them outside in the next few weeks, and when winter comes I also cover my flowers with a think layer of pine straw, to help protect them over the whole 2 days of winter hahaha
Name: Catherine Moll
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dixiebelle426
Aug 25, 2017 7:34 PM CST
@scflowers
How long does it take for your seedlings to bloom, I am thinking aboout 2 years or am I wrong? I have read so much stuff lately I can't keep it all straight, I am newbie.
Name: Regina
Warrenville, SC (Zone 8a)
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scflowers
Aug 25, 2017 8:06 PM CST
You may see these bloom as early as next summer since they were started already and still have plenty of time to grow before it gets cold.

So that I don't go stir crazy in the winter, I like to grow many of mine in my greenhouse during the winter months. This allows me to start them when my health is cooperating (I have chronic pain issues) and I also benefit from the warmth of the greenhouse as well as getting a good dose of vitamin D Smiling

However, before I had my greenhouse I started many trays of seedlings outside and let them stay in trays for the winter months. I put them close to the side of my house to help protect them and checked on them throughout the winter to make sure they were getting adequate water. This was sort of a science experiment for my seventh graders at the time, but many of them sent me pictures of their blooming plants the following summer. If you don't see blooms next year, you will surely see them the following summer.

I bought many seeds from a Canadian seller on the Lily Auction in January of 2016. All of the seeds I bought from her were mailed to me in February and I germinated them shortly after arrival. Without doing the math, I'd say at least 75% bloomed this year. They were grown in the greenhouse from February until April, then moved outside. I transplanted them into the bed over the summer of 2016, the last ones going in as late as September. They spent the winter of 2016/2017 outside and bloomed themselves crazy this summer! Some of them are still blooming and many of them are small clumps.

Being in the south will definitely work to your advantage in getting your seedlings to bloom in just a couple of seasons.

Name: Catherine Moll
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dixiebelle426
Aug 27, 2017 10:01 AM CST
@scflowers
When do you cut your day lilies back? I have never done this but wanting to try this so I can cover them with a think layer of pine straw to help prevent grass and weeds from growing so fast.
Also have you ever tried corn meal to keep weeds and grass from growing in you bed?
Name: Ken
East S.F. Bay Area (Zone 9a)
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CaliFlowers
Aug 27, 2017 10:41 AM CST
They look like they're stretching for the light. I'd suggest exposing them to some "direct sun" as early as possible after sprouting. Windowsill conditions are not going to give them the sturdy growth they will need for winter. Shade them a bit at first–fiberglass window screen material is cheap, long-lasting, and takes just enough of the edge from sunlight. Another quick trick is to put an inverted milk crate over them for both decent shading and physical protection. Expect some leaf damage at first, but the new growth from the center of the fans will be much sturdier.
Name: Catherine Moll
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dixiebelle426
Aug 27, 2017 10:56 AM CST
@CaliFlowers, thanks for the tip, I can move them to deck, on the side of the house, they will be in the shade most of the day, that is where I usually put plants that I am trying to save, after someone gives them to me after they almost dead.
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Name: Regina
Warrenville, SC (Zone 8a)
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scflowers
Aug 27, 2017 1:57 PM CST
Catherine,
I usually cut mine back after the frost here, just to clean things up a bit. However, in some beds where I have had rust, I have already cut several back to help stop the spread of rust and tidy up the bed a bit.

I do not usually cut my young seedlings back, but I was forced to do it this past spring when we had a devastating frost late in the season after everything had already greened up. This was the frost that killed 95% of SC's peach crop, so it was one that came at a time when some had already began sending up scapes as well. The frost burned the leaves, so they were useless at that point; I felt it was healthier just to cut them and let them regrow fresh leaves.

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