Daylilies forum: He lives!

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Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
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ShakespearesGarden
Mar 3, 2018 1:25 PM CST
I'm still new enough at daylilies that winters scare me. "How many am I gonna lose? What if I didn't mulch enough, too much mulch. The winter was too cold, too wet, too warm, too dry, not enough snow cover..."

So, buried under the leaves in the south of house bed- lovely little green bits of "Fire Blast" *happy sigh* spring really is coming!
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The back yard bed daylilies are a bit behind, same with the field beds. As they're not as protected, I'm not surprised- still gonna worry til I see green popping up...
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Name: Charley
Arroyo Seco New Mexico (Zone 4b)
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Charlemagne
Mar 3, 2018 1:37 PM CST
Diana, how are you going to celebrate when they all make it? Zone 5b? Easy Peasy!

Charley
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Mar 3, 2018 2:15 PM CST
Diana I'm a zone colder than you, when I first got into daylilies I was told not to give up on any apparent no-shows until at least June or July. I found with experience that that was correct. I don't winter mulch at all.
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Name: Julie
Roanoke, VA (Zone 7a)
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floota
Mar 3, 2018 3:17 PM CST
We're not out of the woods yet here in zone 6/7. Daylilies that come up spindly and then are subjected to late freezes sometimes will croak in March-early April. So some that look weakened I will watch carefully for another five -six weeks before declaring they've made it!

Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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bxncbx
Mar 3, 2018 3:50 PM CST
I'm with Julie. I saw growth last weekend on some daylilies I thought may have died. I was cautiously happy. I lose most of my daylilies in Spring from too much rain combined with freezing temperatures.

I was lucky last year not to lose many plants but several early bloomers lost scapes (they rotted) from too much rain. Luckily the temps stayed above freezing or I would have lost the plants too.
Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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petruske
Mar 3, 2018 7:26 PM CST
Whatever you do, don't cover it any more than it is and don't uncover anything. I'm always temped to pull leaves away when there are a few days of really nice weather, but I know not to do that. As floota said, there WILL be more frost days to come yet.
Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
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ShakespearesGarden
Mar 4, 2018 8:28 AM CST
Charley, I will be over the moon, should they all make it. I had another double the cultivar year last year, so I haven't seen all of them bloom.

Sooby Sue, I kinda let nature cover them or not. If the leaves do it great, if not- well I guess I'll see what happens... The bed on the south side of the house gets leaf drift from our pin oaks. The other beds either don't get any at all, or a slight covering. I will remember not to count them out til early summer!

Julie, I hear you. I'm sure we've also got more wild weather coming before spring. I was glad to get snow and nervous when the ground was uncovered this winter.

Elena, I'm glad you didn't lose the plants!

Petruske Sue, I covered Fire Blast back up Hilarious! I'm too chicken to uncover them yet.


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