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Re: Daylily genes

Kitty, the main things I know about daylilies are that they are
favorite deer-food, and also that the buds are really good to
eat.  I haven't been able to grow them for years because of
the deer problem, though I once had banks of them.  What 
Iknow about horticulture in general would indicate that their
growth habits are genetic.  I don't know that any are specifically
bred to be strong growers, but it would make sense that that
characteristic would be attractive to nurseries.  Sorry, I can't
In a message dated 9/14/2008 2:55:57 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
kmrsy@comcast.net writes:

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.

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