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Monthly Archives: February 2017

  • Caring For Daylilies After They Bloom

    Daylilies are beautiful plants that can help to brighten up any outdoor area. However, in order to make the most of them you need to ensure that you care for them properly. While they do not require a great deal of maintenance, it is important to familiarise yourself with how to care for daylilies after they bloom, so that you can continue enjoying their colour and beauty. Steps to take when caring for your plants after blooming Here are the four best steps that you need to do to take the best care of your daylilies to maintain them once they have bloomed. This includes: Remove the seedpods: Some flowers will start to develop seed pods after they have finished blooming and these seed pods can result in the energy and nutrient levels being depleted. The best way to avoid the weakening of the plants, is to remove the seedpods, which will result in a much healthier plant and should increased the flower numbers. During the bloom period deadhead the flowers from the plants once or twice per week. Continue watering them: Even though the plants have bloomed, you still need to make sure that the soil is moist enough for the daylilies. A deep watering once weekly should provide adequate moisture. Make sure you also remove any weeds from nearby so that they do not take the moisture away from your plants. Prepare them for winter: After blooming and during autumn, you need to start preparing your plants for the winter. Keep them properly watered until the onset of winter and make sure you keep your eye out for any signs of diseased leaves, which you will need to remove and dispose Read More...

  • When & How To Transplant Daylilies

    Transplant daylilies is an important exercise as it plays a critical role in allowing daylilies to grow strong and healthy. Often times, your garden will grow dense with clogged up clumps that end up competing for nutrients. The process of separating and transplanting daylilies also helps to spread the excess plants to areas they wouldn’t reach, naturally. It is a simple and a cost effective way to multiply daylilies in your garden. But just like any other practice in daylily farming there are several important steps you have to take when dividing and transplanting daylilies. When do you Divide and Transplant Daylilies? The best time to divide and transplant daylilies is early autumn after the hot summer or early spring before flowering. Although they are able to withstand different weather conditions and climates in Australia, it is highly recommended that the best time to move them is from spring to autumn. Gardeners see no real danger in transplanting daylilies throughout other times of the year, dividing and transplanting daylilies provides quality results when this is done either in spring or autumn. At this time, the soil temperature is rather moderate, allowing new transplanted daylilies to grow quickly. When will Daylilies Bloom after Transplanting Daylilies that are transplanted in early summer and autumn will definitely bloom the following season. But when transplanted during winter and spring they are not likely to bloom until the following year, while transplanting daylilies in bloom is not recommended this can be too much stress on the plant. When you mo Read More...

  • Vintage Daylilies V Modern Hybrids

    Daylilies are flowers that have been adorning outdoor areas for many centuries. However, it was only in the 1900s that more modern, hybrid versions of these plants were developed. Today, there are tens of thousands of variations enabling gardeners to enjoy a rainbow of colours and forms as well as differing bloom times. These hardy, versatile flowers continue to enjoy huge popularity thanks to their beauty and ease of maintenance. But, which are the best – the traditional older version or the newer hybrids? Deciding on which daylilies to select When it comes to deciding which daylilies to have, there are a number of considerations that you will need to take into account. The older, vintage daylilies are known to be tougher than the various hybrids that have been introduced over recent decades. However, you also need to consider the fact that the traditional ones are limited in terms of colour and size. Re-blooming capabilities are also limited and the plants are not quite as robust when it comes to handling extreme weather conditions. With the new modern hybrid versions of the daylily, you can enjoy a number of benefits. One of the key benefits is the vast array of colours and forms that you can choose from, which means that you can look forward to a rainbow of colour in your outdoor areas. Many have patterns and pigments that make them really stand out. You can also select from a variety of sizes, so whether you want small or large plants you should find exactly what you are looking for. The high bud count, re-blooming capabilities and thick substance of the more mod Read More...

  • Sandy Denny

    Daylily Sandy Denny - Lambertson 1998 - Tet - EM - SEv - Single - Bloom 5.5" Beautiful blue lavender with a white star burst coming out of a green throat and gold edging. Great parent, producing sharks tooth edging. This daylily was named after one of the best female folk rock singers known as Sandy Denny. She was born on the 6th of January back in 1947. Her real name is actually Alexandra Elene Maclean Denny. Aside from being a famous singer, she is also known to be an impressive and soulful song writer. She has been known in the Britain music industry as the pre-eminent folk rock singer. Before she started to enter her career in music, she began training as in the medical field as a nurse. As a young woman, she has already expressed her great passion for music through singing. At first, Sandy Denny’s parents did not agree on her pursuit of her passion for music. Her parents thought that it would really be difficult for Sandy to earn a living through music so she was asked to train as a nurse. Later on, her passion for music and the arts continues to live on and she was able to earn a slot in the Kingston College of Art. In her school, she was greatly exposed with the folk culture and that is where she was able to get the inspiration on his focus on the genre of music that she will explore. While studying, she sang at folk clubs during the night were a lot of people have greatly witnessed her impressive talent. Eventually through her folk songs in club circuits, she was able to enter the recording industry and she had already started to make professional records in Read More...

  • Reasons for Deadheading Daylilies

    Should I Deadhead Daylilies? Daylily care deadheading daylilies is a form of pruning daylilies, which involves removing the whole flower including any developing seedpods after the daylily flower petals have died. This is important for some reblooming perennials although often recommended for daylilies. There are several reasons given for deadheading daylilies, you need to decide for yourself whether it is worth the effort, or if you have the time, trimming spent daylily flowers can be a relaxing pastime. Appearance is usually the main reason for deadheading. As most gardeners know, flowers on a daylily only last a day, and in the morning the faded flowers from the previous day are still attached to the daylily scape or the main flower stem. The daylily blooms will often drop off on their own after a few days, but it depends upon the daylily cultivar and the weather. In humid or damp conditions especially, the petals of spent blooms can stick to new daylily flowers and discolour them or prevent the daylilies from opening properly. Pruning daylilies will enhance the display of new blooms and give a much tidier appearance. Remove the developing seed pods is the next reason given for deadheading daylilies, this is so the plants will put energy and resources into producing more new flowers, rather than seeds. Initially you may find it easier to use scissors or secateurs to cut off the old flowers this can be a little slower at first but with practice you can master deadheading flowers quickly, most people find it easier to pinch or snap off the flower with their fingers ju Read More...

  • Hybridizing Daylilies

    Hybridising daylilies involves cross-breeding two different breeds of the flower. Although it sounds scientific, this can be done in your backyard garden. Daylilies are a perennial flower that come in a variety of breeds, colours, shapes and sizes. These flowers require minimal care and grow well in a wide range of climates, making them suitable for all landscapes. Since daylilies are also drought-resistant as well as pest and disease-resistant, they are great for beginner gardeners. Although daylilies carry the lily name, these flowers are not true lilies. Daylilies belong to the genus Hemerocallis, which translates to “day beauty.” These flowers are often planted in large groups inside flower borders or as a ground cover. The daylily bloom typically lasts one day, with some varieties blooming in the early morning and lasting throughout the day while other varieties bloom in the evening and hold their bloom until the next evening. Since a well-established daylily will produce many buds, typical bloom time for a large clump of daylilies usually last about 30 to 40 days. To hybridise your daylilies, choose a wide variety of breeds to increase your chances of cross-pollination. Daylilies are typically planted in early Autumn or spring when soil temperatures are moderate. They grow best when planted in direct sun to light shade, although the petals of dark coloured varieties tend to fade when exposed to bright, afternoon sun. Since daylilies do not require a lot of water to sustain themselves, water your plants moderately. After the flowers bloom, remove the pollen from Read More...

  • How to Hybridise a Daylily

    Good Morning, For those subscribers that already have daylilies, you should be watering your daylilies so that the daylilies are kept moist now leading up to flowering in about six weeks time, by doing this you will have the best flowers possible some fertiliser low in nitrogen is also beneficial at this time of year, now that the frosts are pretty well over in the colder climates. Mulch your daylilies to get prepared for the hot summer to come, keeping the mulch a little away from the daylily stems of the plants. You can find the best mulches to use and why and what the mulch contains, why some mulches are better than others at this link http://www.dayliliesinaustralia.com.au/the-best-mulches-to-use-for-gardening/ If you don’t already know, and you would like to make new daylilies plants by seed, pollinating your existing daylilies growing in your garden, is easy to do. Follow the steps off my website http://www.decadentdaylilies.com/hybridizing-daylilies/ Taking particular notice of this sentence below While the daylily flowers are in bloom, remove the pollen from the end of one of the six stamens, found at the centre of the flower, on one breed of daylily and rub the pollen on the tip of the single stigma on the end of the pistil, also found at the centre of the flower, on another breed making sure that you cross a Tetraploid with a Tetraploid and a Diploid with a Diploid otherwise the cross will not work. Sometimes the tip of the pistil can be split if the pistil is split you can cut the pistil off with a sharp pair of scissors then pollinate as normal. Wh Read More...

  • How To Collect And Store Daylily Pollen

    Collecting and Storing Daylily Pollen, cross pollinating the daylily is very common all over the world including Australia and resulting cultivars are sometimes different in colour, texture and size from their parents. Breeding daylilies is although a time consuming and tough task at first, the results are usually very satisfying. One of the most important steps in breeding daylilies is collecting and storing pollen, since not all daylilies flowers are open at the same time, by doing this you are able to select the daylilies you wish to hand pollinate later on. Although there are several different ways of daylily pollen storage, we can go over a few ways that I know are most effective. Collecting Daylily Pollen One of the best ways to save pollen is to collect daylily pollen in a contact lens case. Cut the lens case into two and make a numbered list of your pollen parents to correspond with the numbers on the cases. The best time to collect the pollen is towards midday when daylilies are fully open, so that the pollen is true to type cover the flower with fine netted fabric to keep the  bees or other insects off early in the morning. The pollen should be ready to harvest when the pollen is only dry and fluffy. Pollen can be collected directly from the anthers and in various stages of dehydration. This technique should be followed in controlled conditions which helps pollen to swell naturally. However, the easiest and probably most used method to collect pollens is to take the stem part of plant and the pollen. Put it in an envelope, mark it for identification purposes a Read More...

  • Grow Daylily Roots or Bulbs for Sale

    Daylilies are not bulbs, although some people often referred them as daylily bulbs and even sell them as daylily bulbs they’re not true bulbs. Lets clarify why a daylily plant is not a bulb. A daylily has a perennial growth habit with underground root structures that grow out from the crown and down into the soil anchoring the plant into a stable spot in the ground. Daylilies are able to store nutrients in their roots as underground storage organs, this makes them somewhat drought tolerant and are able to let the storage supply out when the stored food is needed. Because of their strong root systems, sometimes gardeners grow them as mass plantings on steep embankments, retaining walls and slopes; this can help to control soil erosion. In summer daylily plants photosynthesis is a great deal more, plants store photosynthesis and then utilise it when the weather is unfavourable; the daylilies fibrous roots release their storage during severe winter conditions, during winter snow or cold bleak winter days, when there is not much sunshine. A daylily will not grow from it’s roots alone, it must have a crown or part of a crown to grow either roots or foliage.Having said this, daylilies do not have tubers either even though sometimes you will find a thickening along or at the end of the daylily roots that look like an oblong small tuber, this can even be similar to a small dahlia tuber, so daylilies are not called daylily tubers either. Best examples of bulbs are spring bulbs, tulips, daffodils, hippeastrums, alliums, grape hyacinths and garlic, these bulbs are round and c Read More...

  • Gardening By The Moon

    Aside from the usual planting considerations which include lighting, fertiliser and environment, one of the most interesting factors that can definitely affect the success of growing different kinds of seeds, plants and even daylilies is the lunar or the moon phases. A lot of farmers or gardeners are greatly questioning whether taking into consideration the different phases of the moon in planting really do have an effect to plants. Unknown to most people, lunar planting or gardening by the moon as we can commonly call it, is actually an ancient practice. During the ancient times, people do not have means to determine time and they just base it on observing the changes in the celestial bodies specifically in the moon, sun and even the stars. There has even been a lunar planting calendar which was developed  by the ancient people for ease in their planting and harvesting work. It is said that through the observance of the lunar phases, a more productive plant harvest was achieved. Through time, the effects of the moon on different environmental activities and even on humans have been observed. For those who may not be aware, there are actually four different quarters of the moon. These are grouped into two main phases which involves increased and decreased plant growth and production respectively. If you are able to plant during the first two phases, it is said that you will be able to achieve a good harvest. This goes different when you are able to start planting during the last two phases of the moon which are said to have a negative effect on the growth of the plant Read More...

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