Daylilies forum: Too late to plant?

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Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
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bkrell
Nov 19, 2017 10:51 AM CST
I yanked up all the orange fulva I planted earlier in the summer with the intent of putting in some closeout selections that just came in this week. Is it too late to plant new plants? If so, where should these 4 dozen new guys overwinter? I'm zone 8b in Louisiana and all these guys are going to be full sun.
Name: Teresa
Indiana (Zone 5b)
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TsFlowers
Nov 19, 2017 11:24 AM CST
It would be hard for me to give good advice since I'm in such a different growing climate. I feel sure that someone else will come along with appropriate advice for your growing area.

But here are some questions you may want to answer for them to appropriately answer your question:

Are all your new selections daylilies? Are you prepared with, or to purchase enough containers and potting mix to pot up all those new 48 selections?
. . . it's always better to ask questions, than jump to conclusions.
AND . . . always hear both sides of the story before making a judgment.
Name: Teresa
Indiana (Zone 5b)
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TsFlowers
Nov 19, 2017 11:32 AM CST
For me, it's always "best to get them planted in ground"; and "the sooner the better". Then during warm periods of winter and spring, the roots will still grow. But the worst killer for mine is thaw-heaving. If I don't give them a really heavy mulch right after planting, then during one of those warm spells they actually come up out of the ground, exposing the roots and killing them. Whereas, if I mulch them heavily with straw that first winter, they generally survive.
. . . it's always better to ask questions, than jump to conclusions.
AND . . . always hear both sides of the story before making a judgment.
Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
Bulbs Region: Louisiana
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bkrell
Nov 19, 2017 11:53 AM CST
Sorry, I was speaking about daylilies. Brecks had a box of a dozen mixed plants, all pretty impressive, for $19.95. I couldn't pass that up bc, honestly, Brecks plants, whoever they source them from, grow better than any of the more daylily specific nurseries I've ordered from so far in my young daylily habit.

I have enough space to pot but won't unless necessary. Yeah, no frost to worry about here. Yesterday it was 80 but today its probably only going to hit 60.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Nov 19, 2017 12:12 PM CST
I am not sure there is a date in zone 8b that is too late to plant new plants. I have never planted any past October, but I really think that you could plant your new plants and mulch around them and they would be fine. I would hate to tell you that and they not make it. Hoping someone who has planted late can give actual experience of such late planting. When I first started out with daylilies I would have been totally against it, but now I seem to push planting a little further back each year, and October is currently my favorite time of year. But November has been so pleasant so far this year, that if I had any plants that needed planting I would have certainly been planting them up to this point.
However, I did see the first freeze warnings for the year(not here) but getting pretty close. I would also love to hear from people who have planted daylilies just before a freeze, how did they do over the winter?
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Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
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ShakespearesGarden
Nov 19, 2017 12:47 PM CST
Last year, I planted an order from Maryott's in October- got a bloom in November and every plant made it this spring,- only one variety didn't bloom this year.. I watered them in well, let fall leaves collect and let them alone. (Zone 5b)
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Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
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bkrell
Nov 19, 2017 12:56 PM CST
Ok well, I always mulch the intended bed with leaves. I've no shortage of oak trees, which makes my other beds a bigger challenge.
Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Nov 19, 2017 4:36 PM CST
In zone eight I would put them in in the ground and mulched them.
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Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Nov 19, 2017 4:44 PM CST
Most of my earlier daylilies came from Brecks, Springhill, Michigan Bulb and Gilbert Wild and they all did well. A few were incorrectly labeled, thus some noids. Now that I am no longer a pushover, Rolling on the floor laughing I want what I paid for D'Oh!
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Shreveport, LA (Zone 8b)
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bkrell
Nov 27, 2017 9:06 AM CST
Well, I try to only take advantage of the gimmicky "sales" from Brecks and MB, lol.
Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Nov 28, 2017 6:17 AM CST
@bkrell they do have popular collection sales at a good price. My only requirement is that I get the named plant that I paid for.
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