Daylilies forum: First Seedling!

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Name: Tina
Greenup, Ky (Zone 6b)
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beenthere
Feb 21, 2018 10:18 AM CST
My very first seedling, ever. Hurray! Been in our insulated garage (average temp 38 to mid 40's) since 1/21. Maybe you don't need a fridge to cold/moist strat? This is a Daredevil cross purchased on the LA. Now in house under T5 light. So excited!
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Feb 21, 2018 12:37 PM CST
Congratulations! No, you don't need a fridge as long as the temperature is between 32 and 50F (0-10C) for a few weeks. But some daylily seeds will germinate quickly even if you don't stratify.
Name: Tina
Greenup, Ky (Zone 6b)
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beenthere
Feb 21, 2018 1:36 PM CST
Sue, I've read everything you've shared about seed starting. And the links you've posted. Kept me from learning thru mistakes. Not a horrible way to learn, mind you, but these seeds are very dear to me, hate to lose any thru ignorance.. So, just want you know how much I appreciate your
input/experience.
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Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Feb 21, 2018 4:16 PM CST
I would like to add that we all do Sue. I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Valerie
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touchofsky
Feb 21, 2018 4:52 PM CST
I agree , Sue, your knowledge is invaluable!
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Feb 21, 2018 5:23 PM CST
*Blush* Thank You!
Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
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ShakespearesGarden
Feb 21, 2018 9:07 PM CST
Conrats Tina : )
New seedlings (especially the first ones ) are so exciting...
My cats ate my first ones- Thumbs down
Thankfully, they were Stella bee pods so I wasn't crying over anything but the experience...
I have some Daredevils ones I'm waiting to start as I have the ones that sprouted in the fridge under my one grow light.
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Name: Nikki
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Scatterbrain
Feb 22, 2018 5:28 AM CST
Hazelcrestmikeb said:I would like to add that we all do Sue. I tip my hat to you.


I agree

Name: Tina
Greenup, Ky (Zone 6b)
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beenthere
Feb 22, 2018 6:13 AM CST
Well, there are 5 more showing this morning, out of three different crosses. Happy me! Brought the two oldest trays in, the better to watch them.
Name: Susie
Western NY (Zone 5a)
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lovegrillin
Feb 22, 2018 8:13 AM CST
Congrats! I'm excited for you. I'm gonna give it a try myself next winter. Big Grin
Name: Tina
Greenup, Ky (Zone 6b)
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beenthere
Feb 22, 2018 5:37 PM CST
14 seedlings so far. Way more fun than watching grass grow.
Name: Stan
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GaNinFl
Feb 23, 2018 7:35 AM CST
Congratulations on your seedlings, Tina.
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Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
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ShakespearesGarden
Feb 23, 2018 5:50 PM CST
beenthere said: Way more fun than watching grass grow.


Even though it looks a lot like watching the grass grow! (at least at the beginning...) . Hilarious!
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Name: Tina
Greenup, Ky (Zone 6b)
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beenthere
Feb 23, 2018 7:38 PM CST
Yep, they do look kinda grassy. But I have visions of those pretty flower faces to come! I have nearly 500 seed planted, thanks to the amazing generosity of the LA hybridizers. I should feel overwhelmed. But I don't. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
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ShakespearesGarden
Feb 24, 2018 10:58 AM CST
lol, one seed or seedling at a time... I don't have that many to start, but enough to keep me busy for the season. Can't wait to see the fruits of your labors as they bloom : )
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Name: Tina
Greenup, Ky (Zone 6b)
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beenthere
Feb 25, 2018 12:28 PM CST
Well, there are 45 seedlings so far. And I, of course have some questions. How do you identify true leaves. This one appears to have three leaves starting? Is that right? Or is this still all seed leaf?


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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Feb 25, 2018 12:31 PM CST
The shortest is a kind of sheath and the longer leaves are true leaves. The "seed leaf" (cotyledon) in daylilies stays inside the seed, it never sees the light of day.
Name: Tina
Greenup, Ky (Zone 6b)
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beenthere
Feb 25, 2018 12:36 PM CST
These are Mirror Shades X Baby Blue Eyes. Out of 20 seeds, 19 have germinated, with 4 being obvious albinos. To me this means both parents are heterozygous for Albinism, or however you want to call it. So, would it be wise to avoid doing sibling crosses in the future, for these seedlings? Daylilies are so fascinating!
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Name: Tina
Greenup, Ky (Zone 6b)
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beenthere
Feb 25, 2018 12:48 PM CST
Thank you, Susan! Another question, if you will. These are in straight vermiculite. I saw your experiment and did some reading, seemed the best way to go. I know that feeding after the true leaves appear is advised. Would you add fert at this point? These seedlings are all of 4 days old! Don't want to kill them.
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
Daylilies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Annuals
Region: Canadian Keeps Horses Dog Lover Plant Identifier Garden Sages
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sooby
Feb 25, 2018 1:28 PM CST
I've had them grow a month in plain vermiculite without any feeding. There should be enough nutrition in the seeds to sustain them for that long, after that go ahead and use a weak fertilizer. Eventually, though, you'll want to put them in potting mix and that usually has some fertilizer in it that will last a while (should say on the package).

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