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  • 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...

  • Daylily Streak

    One of the most common problems that are observed in daylily plants is the daylily streak. The daylily leaf streak is common among the plants and is known to be brought about by a specific fungus which is the Aureobasidium microstictum. This fungus is also known as Gloeocephalus hemerocalli, Kabatiella microsticta or even the Collecephalus hemerocalli. The characteristic symptoms of this disease include yellow spots. The spots are greatly visible in the upper part of the leaf. Once the condition worsens, the spots will eventually spread into the lower parts of the leaf and eventually covering the entire fan. The Characteristic Symptoms of the Streak Aside from the famous yellow spots, reddish spots may also be evident along the course of the entire leaf. These reddish spots may even look like rusts on the leaves. The only difference is that there are no spores or pustules that you have to wipe from your fingers or a tissue. These signs are greatly evident on the plant that is why you should definitely be able to act on the condition immediately. The damage may usually start on one area, develop to another and eventually join together. It can cause death of the entire plant once the condition is not controlled. The Occurrence of The Daylily Streak Before this disease affects a plant, an injury must be present first. For example, the plant must initially have some pest damage before it could actually be affected by the daylily streak. This means that the plant must be weak first before it can be infected by the fungus. This can be comparable to the disease occurrence in Read More...

  • Daylily Story

    "AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A DAYLILY" Hi I'm Stel, Stella D'Oro to be precise and this is my story……. My ancestors date back to 1977 when Stella D'Oro was first registered. I was born about seven years ago and I carry the name with great pride. I am a daylily, not just any daylily, I am a diploid. My flowers are beautifully fragrant, golden yellow, approximately 2.75 inches wide with a tangerine throat; I am fertile both ways and rebloom constantly. Many have recognised my outstanding abilities and as such my ancestors were awarded by the ‘The American Hemerocallis Society' a ‘Stout Silver Medal' in 1985; this is the highest award a daylily can achieve. It was a cool overcast day and like so many others like me I was placed in a draughty position on a plant stand directly in front of the sliding doors of a Kmart Store. I had been there for a few months and was starting to feel rather depressed and homeless. My first year as an immature fan went quickly and I loved living on the farm but my welcome was soon worn out and I was merely handed over for a pittance, not a second thought about my feelings. How would you like to be dug up, trimmed, suffering from dehydration, left to lie out in the sun until someone remembers to pick you up and take care of you? I thought I was going to be planted out somewhere or potted up but no I was placed in a bag with a label stuck on the front of me. How long did they think I wanted to live on the shelf for? Just because I am a dormant daylily doesn't mean to say I don't want to have a sense of belonging and a place to live. The other Read More...

  • Daylily Spring Sickness

    Have you ever asked the question, “What is daylily spring sickness?” Well, a lot of people may not be aware of the fact, regarding a dangerous plant disease known as daylily spring sickness. If you have daylilies, it is important that you become aware of this emerging disease that can be of great threat to the growth of your plants. Once you know what daylily spring sickness is, you can effectively know how to diagnose whether your plant has one and you can definitely be guided accordingly on how to treat such condition. Knowing More About Daylily Spring Sickness From the name itself Daylily Spring Sickness is a disease of the specific plant species known as the daylilies. This disease commonly starts by affecting the growing shoots of the daylilies. This disease is usually evident right after the winter season. First of all, only about one to two of the fans in a clump will be affected. Eventually, if the disease remains untreated, it will affect the entire clump. The entire clump will grow sideways while the leaves will start forming brown holes and jagged edges as the condition continues to get worse. Most of the plants affected may not even continue to grow and remain stunted through time. What Causes the Daylily Spring Sickness? Most people may not actually be aware of the causes of this daylily plant disease. Several studies and researches have actually been conducted in order to figure out the main causes of the daylily spring sickness. Bulb Mites One of the most common associated causes of spring sickness in daylilies is the bulb mite. Bulb mites are four Read More...

  • Daylily Scape Blasting

    Most people may not be truly aware what scape blasting is all about and because of this, they definitely are left clueless on what to do when they encounter such condition for their plants. It is important that the people are made aware regarding scape blasting. This will make them more prepared and equipped regarding how to deal with such condition for their daylilies. If they are not able to act on scape blasting immediately, the detachment of some parts of the plant leading to total damage can definitely be possible. If you want to be able to maintain your daylilies properly, you should be able to protect them against scape blasting. Understanding Scape Blasting Scape Blasting happens due to some undesirable conditions which have a significant effect to the daylilies. First of all, when the daylilies are fertilised and eventually, they are accidentally exposed to heavy rain, scape blasting could definitely be possible. Aside from this, sudden weather changes like heavy rain followed by sudden drought and vice versa, can also definitely cause the blasting of the scapes. The scapes of the plant end up blasting, bursting or even splitting because of the unwanted and intense pressure in which the plant is exposed to. When the pressure becomes too unbearable, the scapes may totally detach from the entire plant causing significant and irreversible damage. The blasting is associated with the precipitation brought about by moisture changes resulted by different weather conditions. The damaged is primarily focused on the scape, right at its centre. Most people describe the appea Read More...

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