Daylilies forum: Very odd bloom behavior...

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Name: Rob Duval
Mason, New Hampshire (Zone 5b)
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robertduval14
Jun 26, 2018 8:11 PM CST

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Just wondering if anyone else has ever seen/heard of this happening before...

I put in the cultivar 'Sir Blackstem' late last season. It grew out just fine this spring and was the first to bloom this season for me. One fan, the biggest, did something I've never seen before. It produced the skinniest, shortest scape I've ever seen with just one bud on it, which bloomed. As I was dead heading the spent bloom I noticed that this same fan had 6...SIX....more of these tiny scapes, each with a single bud on them. It seems to have run it's course now...it ended up growing 9 total scapes...each with only one bloom. All of these scapes were very thin and no taller than about 4 inches. 7 of the buds bloomed, 2 aborted.

Now I've seen plenty of rebloom and instant rebloom before and really short scapes I've also seen from time to time....but nothing quite like this. I figure it probably just has to do with the fact that the plant is still 'settling in' as it's been in ground here less than a full year yet but I dunno.

Anyone else ever see anything like this before?

And no...did not take any pics. Not liking our new camera so I've taken lots less photos this season.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jun 26, 2018 8:35 PM CST
No I have never had that happen.
What is the problem with the new camera? Would love to have had photos!
Name: Maurice
Grey County, Ontario (Zone 4b)
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admmad
Jun 27, 2018 10:19 AM CST
Were those scapes all in the same location on that fan? Specifically I mean if you traced the scapes from the flower back towards where they started on the fan the scape bases were all either "outside" of the fan or they all started at the base of the same leaf.
Maurice
Name: Rob Duval
Mason, New Hampshire (Zone 5b)
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robertduval14
Jun 27, 2018 5:31 PM CST

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admmad said:Were those scapes all in the same location on that fan? Specifically I mean if you traced the scapes from the flower back towards where they started on the fan the scape bases were all either "outside" of the fan or they all started at the base of the same leaf.



Yes, all the scapes originated in the same location. They were just 'outside' of a large fan, rather then growing 'out' of the fan.

Name: Maurice
Grey County, Ontario (Zone 4b)
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admmad
Jun 28, 2018 8:11 AM CST
I have a field of say between one thousand and two thousand daylily clumps that I have grown for more than 20 years. I have seen similar scapes perhaps a handful of times. It is reasonably rare in my location and growing conditions.

Scapes develop over many months, depending on the temperatures. Since plant development depends on the environment, unusual changes in the environment may cause unusual effects. For example, plants may not be able to compensate for extremely high unexpected temperatures (heat shock) or extremely low unexpected temperatures (cold shock) that occur while the scape is developing. Those may cause unusual effects that become visible much later when the scape has completed enough development to appear.
Maurice

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