Quite some time ago on tv a lady who raised day lilies said she snapped off the spent blooms each day - big task as she had so many. So I do this too. But does it really encourage longer blooming? Do you all do this too?
Posts: 664 | Location: TX Gulf coast, zone 9 | Registered: Mar 19, 2008
SSTR - I do it too when I have time, but to me it's more to tidy up the look vs. promoting more blooms. If you'll notice, on each bloom scape, there are x number of buds. Once those are gone, end of blooms, period.
So, in my opinion, that doesn't prolong bloom time, it is just a question of neatness.
i'm learning a lot here. i do remove spent blossoms to clean up the plant(s). was about to cut back the scapes that are done, for the same reason, but now think i'll leave them be and let them reseed and see what develops.This message has been edited. Last edited by: bana,
Posts: 3427 | Location: SF Peninsula Zone 10a | Registered: Aug 27, 2007
Removing the flowers just makes the plant look neater. If pods form,the seeds in the pods will have to be soaked and refrigerated. The entire process can be found online. Also, it is very important to note that the seeds may not produce flowers that are anything like the parent plant. After all, who knows which plant supplied the pollen. The only way to increase a particular variety is by division. Of course, you could always try to replicate the original cross--if you know the parent plants etc, but really who has time to do all of this? I don't have the time and I collect daylilies--I have 50-60 different kinds. Some of my friends in my daylily club are really into doing this but it takes time. Then there are the hybridizers in my group who are professionals--they have large beds where they try out their ideas. The best advice I can give you is to visit a local display garden which will have daylilies that do well in your area--gardens are listed on the American Daylily Society website. See if you can visit any hybridizers--they usually love to show you their plants. You don't have to buy the newest and sometimes they will sell you clumps for very little. That's how I started. Owie, my true rebloomers, like Apricot Sparkles, don't need to be cleaned up, they just rebloom on their own. Some rebloom when the conditions are right--temperature, rainfall etc.This message has been edited. Last edited by: 16paws,
Posts: 2950 | Location: Ohio | Registered: Feb 25, 2006
I don't always bother with the spent blooms. However, I do cut back the scapes as each finishes (when there is time) while they are still green. It seems to make my re-bloomers have another round quicker than just letting them dry out. I have also had some that aren't supposed to be re-bloomers...have a second or third round. It may be due to weather conditions, but it doesn't seem to happen if I don't cut those back.
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