Daylily Help~ Please....they will not bloom

carolann_z8(8)April 15, 2007

I have some daylilies that have stopped blooming. They bloomed the first year and a little the second year but last year they didn't bloom at all.

What do I need to feed them or do to them.

This is a very sad situation!!!!

Please help!

Carol Ann

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cavamarie(z8b/9a FL)

Make sure they are getting plenty of sun.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2007 at 9:22AM
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Do you have sandy soil or clay? Daylilies need soil preparation to grow and bloom here in Texas. If you have sandy soil, they are starving...and need a 50% compost/soil mixture. If you have clay, you need a raised bed with compost added. Either way, daylilies need lots of nutrients.

If you have put a lot of work into your garden, then I recommend organic fertilizer. If not, just try miracle grow. Plus, they need to be watered twice a week.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2007 at 9:23AM
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Some get plenty of sun but some get semi-shade. I have sandy loam and today I bought some mushroom compost so I'll try to ammend my soil.

Thanks so much for the help.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2007 at 10:34PM
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How many fans are in each clump? Crowding refers not so much to how close the daylilies are planted to each other, but rather to large clumps, crowded fans, that would benefit from being divided.

Sue in East TN

    Bookmark   April 16, 2007 at 7:56AM
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Actually, that raises a question I was wondering about? I'd thought crowded meant too close together, but how many fans in a clump is too many? I imagine it probably depends on the plant but is there a general rule of thumb for newbies like myself who don't have a clue??


    Bookmark   April 16, 2007 at 9:40AM
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I have read on this forum that 15 fans is time to split. I hope the "experts" will chime in and tell us. I'm sure there is no hard and fast rule - cultivars will behave differently. I do know that if there are more than a few fans, and a plant that bloomed quits blooming, you can expect it to start blooming again when it is divided. Some of my daylilies bloom well with more than 15 fans but I expect one of these years I will see a definite decrease in blossoms if I don't divide them now.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2007 at 1:07PM
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Angie, in your case I would think it will be 6-10 years before you need to divide them. Unless you find a way to make them grow like they were in Florida. In that case, divide them every year 8-).

    Bookmark   April 16, 2007 at 1:39PM
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6-10 yrs!?!? Wow.....I was thinking I'd have to do it this Fall, LOL. They've grown quickly, they were around 4 fans when I planted them in '05 and my guess is now they're around 10 fans or so per clump.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2007 at 2:18PM
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I would do it when you have a need to...such as them being too close together, or you want to change the layout. I have clumps of large tets that have been putting on a show and reblooming every year and they are 30 plus fans per clump. It is time to divide them this fall. When a big clump is noticeably clustered up and puts on a lesser performance, then it is time. You are the judge.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2007 at 2:48PM
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hi about every 6 to 8 years in my area or when the clump gets to large a friend of mine splits hers about every 2 years.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2007 at 10:10PM
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Thanks so much for all your help. My dayliles are all blooming like crazy now. Maybe all the rain we got helped.

I divided a lot of them and gave them out at our local plant swap so everyone can enjoy some.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2007 at 10:14PM
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Also no one mentioned that if they are too deep they won't bloom well. Sometimes they will take root and sink especially if the crown was planted below the surface to begin with. The crown (where the leaves join the roots)needs to be right at the top of the ground, not below. Of course rain and warm weather helps too LOL


    Bookmark   May 22, 2007 at 2:54PM
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