Daylilies forum: Well, that escalated quickly.

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Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
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bkrell
Oct 6, 2017 6:54 PM CST
So, I posted this thread in mid August:

The thread "Reformed daylily hater trying to figure this out." in Daylilies forum

Oh, I was just gonna plant a box of orange H Fulva europa (whatever) for mass planting and add a few nicer hybrids to my front beds. Well, yeah, after I got the AHS daylily book, I went a little crazy. Pretty sure I've spent at least $400-500 on daylilies since then. My wife rolls her eyes every time theres a box in the mail. I think I've got every square inch of my front beds covered and have made new beds on one side of my house. I've lost count but I think I may still have another 50-60 plants on the way? *Blush* *Blush* *Blush* *Blush* *Blush* I guess we'll see what grows?
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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touchofsky
Oct 6, 2017 8:06 PM CST
You are in good company here! Your behaviour is considered normal Hilarious!
Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
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bkrell
Oct 6, 2017 8:40 PM CST
I was really tired of picking weeds out of empty mulch this year.
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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touchofsky
Oct 7, 2017 7:09 AM CST
Next year your garden will look spectacular. Daylilies are very addictive. I now have more than 250 named cultivars, plus hundreds of seedlings.
Name: Julie
Roanoke, VA (Zone 7a)
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floota
Oct 7, 2017 10:19 AM CST
Good for you!! We are proud of being enablers here.
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Oct 7, 2017 6:30 PM CST
After those daylilies bloom next year, I bet your wife will appreciate all your hard work Thumbs up
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Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
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bkrell
Oct 7, 2017 10:20 PM CST
Thanks all! I hope so! Planted about 15 today and have 8 more to plant tomorrow, lol! Can't get behind!
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scflowers
Oct 7, 2017 11:50 PM CST
You are well on your way to a full-blown addiction! Rolling on the floor laughing

Welcome to the club.....of enablers!! Welcome!

Don't forget to take note of the 'sticky note' at the top of the Daylily Forum list. Often members here will share their extra daylilies at great prices!

Can't wait to see your pictures next year. Smiling
Name: Susanne
West Germany (Zone 8a)
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SusannesGarden
Oct 8, 2017 12:59 AM CST
Congratulations, your daylily addiction is developing nicely. Thumbs up
You might feel inclined to try the next step to daylily heaven: hybridizing. I could furnish you with a starter set of seeds - made about 600 crossings this year, more than could ever find place in my garden (312 m²).
McLean, VA (Zone 6b)
daylilly99
Oct 9, 2017 6:10 AM CST
If it's not all you hoped for right away, remember most daylilies need 2-3 or even 4 years to show their full potential. Of course, if the flower is a really ugly color in your soil/climate, that may not show much improvement.

Oh boy, you are in for some fun.
Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
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bkrell
Oct 13, 2017 8:57 AM CST
scflowers said:You are well on your way to a full-blown addiction! Rolling on the floor laughing

Welcome to the club.....of enablers!! Welcome!

Don't forget to take note of the 'sticky note' at the top of the Daylily Forum list. Often members here will share their extra daylilies at great prices!

Can't wait to see your pictures next year. Smiling


I hadn't noticed! I'll check it out! Well, my gardening skill is boom or bust. Either I grow it well or it dies. We'll see.

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bkrell
Oct 13, 2017 8:58 AM CST
SusannesGarden said:Congratulations, your daylily addiction is developing nicely. Thumbs up
You might feel inclined to try the next step to daylily heaven: hybridizing. I could furnish you with a starter set of seeds - made about 600 crossings this year, more than could ever find place in my garden (312 m²).


One step at a time, lol! Rolling on the floor laughing It does seem like fun. I've just got to become more versed in "daylily speak" first.

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bkrell
Oct 13, 2017 9:06 AM CST
daylilly99 said:If it's not all you hoped for right away, remember most daylilies need 2-3 or even 4 years to show their full potential. Of course, if the flower is a really ugly color in your soil/climate, that may not show much improvement.

Oh boy, you are in for some fun.


Yeah, I figured I'd give it a few years. What was nice is some of the first hybrids I bought did actually go in the ground early enough this year to bloom. I've actually got one plant sending up a scape right now. Apparently the last one.

I've got to figure out spacing. I first tried to leave a good 16-20 inches between plants, anticipating future growth. But I've got so many now that I'm either going to have to create new beds or really pack them closer together. I got in about 45 plants THIS WEEK that I haven't planted yet, have 4 more in the mail and just bought 5 from Gilbert Wild bc they were advertising that they stop shipping after Monday, lol.

I think I'm going to have to turn my backyard garden into a second large bed to accommodate. That's probably not a big deal as I grow way too many tomatoes to eat. I started having to give them away at work this year. I'll just use daylilies to fill in the space below/around my muscadines, lol!

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kkaymci55
Oct 13, 2017 5:26 PM CST
Just wait until you get hooked on dabbing pollen and find the seed crosses on Lily Auction. Gonna have to buy yourself another 20 acres!
Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Oct 13, 2017 10:43 PM CST
@Bkrell, save yourself a near future headache. Don't pack'em in. Make new beds. Some do increase
faster than others.
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Name: Susanne
West Germany (Zone 8a)
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SusannesGarden
Oct 13, 2017 11:14 PM CST
Hazelcrestmikeb said:@Bkrell, save yourself a near future headache. Don't pack'em in. Make new beds. Some do increase faster than others.

Exactely. A square foot is good for an adult daylily, big enough to allow it to develop its best habits and to separate the eventual fan for swapping. Once you've started swapping with other daylily addicts, you'll need many new beds... Big Grin

Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Oct 14, 2017 6:40 AM CST
Susanne I agree on the "new beds" Rolling on the floor laughing
The addiction continues.
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Name: Susanne
West Germany (Zone 8a)
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SusannesGarden
Oct 15, 2017 2:16 PM CST
uh oh... that was ambiguous, was it? Big Grin
Just to not mislead bkrell, I was definitely referring to plant-swapping. Whistling
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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touchofsky
Oct 15, 2017 2:21 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing
Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
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bkrell
Oct 16, 2017 8:18 AM CST
Lol, lordy...

Well, I got everything I had planted. I have a few stragglers in the mail. Yeah, I tried to give everything at least 10 inches per side. I have a large, obnoxious bed lining my driveway with tons of open space. It's got 10 or so azaleas that theoretically take up most of the space. But my wife insists on the low, meatball look, which leaves a lot of bare, mulched space. I honestly don't know how many daylilies I put in the ground but it was at least 50. That's in addition to pulling up some of the original fulva/europa I had planted to place somewhere it would be able to spread more harmlessly. It's amazing how much the roots had already grown after just being in the ground a couple of months.

I did start one new bed along a fence row. I had finally cleared out some obnoxious pampas grass and had some bare ground.

So, on the remaining europa I have, where they are in beds that also contain my other hybrids, how long until I definitely need to dig them out? Can I wait for them to bloom next summer, then start digging them out? Or...get them out now!?!?!

If it matters, the main bed I have them planted in has a clayey subsoil within 7-8 inches, sandy loam on top of that, topped off with wood mulch. The bed stays pretty damp.

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