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DEE21-Jul-05 04:07 PM EST 5b   
Patricia21-Jul-05 06:31 PM EST 5   
DEE27-Jul-05 05:23 PM EST 5b   
Patricia27-Jul-05 05:45 PM EST 5   
Liz12-Aug-05 06:31 PM EST   
Patricia14-Aug-05 06:10 AM EST 5   


Subject: Daylilies
From: DEE
Zone: 5b
Date: 21-Jul-05 04:07 PM EST

Other than for aesthetic reasons, is there any benefit to removing the dead blooms daily? Are the remaining flowers bigger, or are there more flowers, or does it make any difference at all?


Subject: RE: Daylilies
From: Patricia (iris1@rogers.com)
Zone: 5
Date: 21-Jul-05 06:31 PM EST

I don't think it makes a bit of difference and have grown daylilies for over 20 years. I generally walk around and pick off the dead daylily blooms if people are coming to look at my garden and I want it to look its best.


Subject: RE: Daylilies
From: DEE
Zone: 5b
Date: 27-Jul-05 05:23 PM EST

Thank you Patricia. What about the new "reblooming" daylilies?

Are you supposed to remove the stalks when the blooms are finished the first time and then they produce new ones later or do they bloom again on the old stalks?


Subject: RE: Daylilies
From: Patricia (iris1@rogers.com)
Zone: 5
Date: 27-Jul-05 05:45 PM EST

DEE - I went to a daylily forum in the USA and searched for the word "reblooming" and people seem to say this: a well-established plant, lots of sun and lots of rain or watering + a light feeding of 10-10-10 - these seem to be the conditions that promote reblooming. One person said that she cuts off the stalks from the first blooming. I guess this would be a good idea, especially if the first blooms had produced some seed pods. You know, the plant could probably "choose" between producing seeds OR blooming again. That kind of thing. The only daylily I have that reblooms is Stella d'Oro and I'm actually a little bored with it.


Subject: RE: Daylilies
From: Liz
Zone:
Date: 12-Aug-05 06:31 PM EST

On the subject of daylilies, mine did not bloom this year and I think it is because they are overcrowded. When is the best time to dig them up and separate them?


Subject: RE: Daylilies
From: Patricia (iris1@rogers.com)
Zone: 5
Date: 14-Aug-05 06:10 AM EST

Liz - daylilies are pretty strong plants - you can dig up and replant almost any time. But it is much easier to do it early spring, when the shoots are no more than 2 or 3 inches tall. But by far the most reliable reason why daylilies don't bloom is not enough sun. Many gardeners believe that daylilies like semi-shade or even shade, but in fact, they prefer sun. Try moving part of your clumps to a sunny spot in soil with good humus and you will see a great difference.


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