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RE: Daylily genes

Dear Kitty,

I agree with Judy that there are some cultivars that just don't make new
fans no matter what you do! Water and fertilizer are what most people advise
to beef up your clumps. Of course, plenty of sunshine helps as well. Some
cultivars are just more vigorous then others. Some will do well further
south or north depending on their genes. Unless you've seen a daylily
growing in your own area, you can't predict which will be your best

Chris Petersen
Northport, Long Island, New York
 Zone 7a (Average min temp 50 - 00)

My garden: http://www.chrispnpt.shutterfly.com

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Kitty
Sent: Sunday, September 14, 2008 2:50 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] Daylily genes

Some of you are experts on Hemerocallis - Chris in LI and I think Auralie
knows a thing or two.  Anyone have a good answer for this?

I have about 12 named cultivars (though a few have lost their names) of
daylilies.  All are dormant growers.  A few are new so I can't say much
about their growth habits, but of the others, most seem to be somewhat
slow-growing to me. They might put on a new fan, occasionally two each year.

By contrast H. 'Crown Royal' must be divided every third year and then it
takes all manner of tools to pry them apart; it's that vigorous.  I'll
replant 8 again, but I'll have filled 30 pots.

Is it in the plant's genes?  What makes one grow so much more vigorously?
Though they grow in different spots, I beleive they all get similar, soil,
sun, moisture, & fertilizer conditions.

I am familiar with the difference of Stella d'Oro, but none of these
daylilies seem to be of that type.

Does anyone know of a way I can beef up the other hems more quickly?


neIN, Zone 5

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