Daylilies forum: When to start fertilizing seedlings?

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Name: Catherine Moll
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dixiebelle426
Oct 17, 2017 2:30 PM CST
When do you start fertilizing your day lily seedlings? How often to fertilize them? What product do you use? I was thinking about picking up some this weekend. When I run to get seed starter soil, and some pots, for my next batch of seeds. And since I just planted them outside, was not sure if it would help or hurt them. Confused

Found about 200 Acorn s outside, to bad I can't use them on here hahahaha
Name: Peter
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Nysbadmk8
Oct 17, 2017 3:39 PM CST
I start about 2-3 weeks from germination. Weak at first 1/4-1/2 strength
Name: Catherine Moll
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dixiebelle426
Oct 17, 2017 3:44 PM CST
Thanks Peter, what kind do you use?
Name: Nikki
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Scatterbrain
Oct 18, 2017 1:29 AM CST
I was wondering this too, seem to remember on an older thread someone saying that they used osmocote for seedlings but can't find the thread now. Smiling
Name: Catherine Moll
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dixiebelle426
Oct 18, 2017 5:33 AM CST
I went back to my tree mail, and found this from Califlowers, maybe I should have went to tree mail first, before posting. Lol

I use Dyna-Gro Foliage Pro, because it's a complete fertilizer designed for hydroponic use, and because it's low in phosphorus. It also contains calcium and magnesium, which are essential for healthy growth in soilless medium. Any good soluble liquid fertilizer is OK. Miracle Grow makes a lower-phosphorus soluble fertilizer, I think it's their Tomato Food. Peters has something like that too. Whatever you use, dilute it to half-strength and use it more often. You can tell if you're overfeeding if new growth is pale green & floppy. Fertilizer application always needs to be matched to light levels.
Name: Sue
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sooby
Oct 18, 2017 5:38 AM CST
Is this for the outdoor seedlings? If so I don't think I would fertilize them at this point if they are growing in garden soil. When you're growing in soilless mix in containers it's up to you to provide all the essential nutrients but the soil should have enough for growth of young seedlings unless it is deficient in something. A soil test would give you a better idea of what you need.
Name: Peter
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Nysbadmk8
Oct 18, 2017 8:29 AM CST
I grow seedlings in a Seedling mix, Soiless. I use a Professional Fertilizer from https://www.plantprod.com Called Plant-Prod 10-52-10 Starter For the First 6 weeks. Then I switch to 12-2-14 w/ Micro.

Miracle grow will work just fine. I use these products for certain performance attributes, and Cost.
Name: Catherine Moll
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dixiebelle426
Oct 18, 2017 3:21 PM CST
@Nysbadmk8
I did stop by the store and get Miracle-Gro today, I mixed it at half thou, 1 spoon for 2 gallons, direction called for 1 spoon per gallon. And says to to it every 7 to 14 days. I will go back and buy a feeder for the hose, to make it easier next week
Name: Catherine Moll
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dixiebelle426
Oct 19, 2017 5:32 PM CST
Seedling are looking bad, not sure what to do for them.
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Name: Peter
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Nysbadmk8
Oct 23, 2017 7:46 AM CST
Yeah, what are they planted in, and how thick is that pine needle mulch?
Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Oct 23, 2017 8:54 AM CST
Being I am in zone 8b also I thought I would post some photos of my seedlings that are growing outdoors to compare with those of
dixiebelle426. I know the weather has still been in the 80's and even 90's recently, but still I think the daylilies are experiencing a normal slow down at this time of year. I am not saying that is the cause of the weak growth, but I think it has to be taken into consideration. These seedlings vary in age by a couple of months some are still germinating in the cups.
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Oct 23, 2017 8:54 AM CST
It looks like sunburn to me, as I think others have suggested in the other thread. Straight outdoors from indoors will do that.
Name: Catherine Moll
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dixiebelle426
Oct 23, 2017 12:00 PM CST
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Name: Catherine Moll
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dixiebelle426
Oct 23, 2017 1:55 PM CST
@Nysbadmk8
They are planted in a mix of soil, peat moss, and dirt that was there. The pinestraw is probably a few inches thick.
Name: Catherine Moll
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dixiebelle426
Oct 23, 2017 2:02 PM CST
@Seedfork that's a nice setup, and I was not even thinking the way you are, I was thinking they just started growing, so they thought it was spring, and was not thinkin they could just be slowing down cause of the weather, so that makes a lot of sense now.
@sooby I am thinking it is sunburn I am keeping and eye on them, some of them have some new leaves popping up on them, I am a worrier and that has not helped me at all. I am not gonna stress out over them, and see what happens. I am gonna keep caring for them, fertilizer them every Wednesday, with a weak mix.
I think Mike shared a a link with me about growing daylilies and fertilizing them, I have read it a few times. So all of this is making more sense now.

Thank You! for all the help.
Name: Catherine Moll
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dixiebelle426
Oct 23, 2017 2:18 PM CST
Here are some pixs from today, some of them are trying to bounce back.
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Crossing Fingers!
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Name: Valerie
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touchofsky
Oct 23, 2017 2:53 PM CST
They are tough little things. I am glad to see they are making a come back.

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