Daylilies forum→seedlings in standing water?

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PA (Zone 6a)
May 30, 2018 9:32 AM CST
I recall reading one gardener saying she kept her potted daylily seedlings in a kiddy pool with water till it was time to plant them. I also remember someone saying that the best 'fertilizer' for daylilies IS water! But I'm wondering, will the roots rot if you keep them in standing water for weeks or months? Can someone share their experiences with this? THANKS SO MUCH!!!!
Name: Ken
East S.F. Bay Area (Zone 9a)
Region: California
May 30, 2018 3:43 PM CST
What daylilies don't appreciate is wet/dry cycling, so with a good, open-pored soil mix, they seem to do much better if there's a constant supply of water. Seedlings, in particular, will get to the point where the entire container is crammed with roots, and that's when it's difficult to water them too much. I'm not talking about flooding them though, with 4" tall seedling pots, 1/4 - 1/2" of standing water in the tray is good. When that's gone, I give them another thorough watering. A good yardstick is to have enough standing water to last about three days. Very small seedlings are more susceptible to over-watering, but once they get to pencil-size, or you can see that they're drying out rapidly after watering, some standing water will help a lot.
PA (Zone 6a)
May 30, 2018 7:32 PM CST
Thanks Ken, that was very helpful!

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