Dug & divided today - can I plant or let them sit out a bit?

juliamayApril 15, 2014

Mike McGroarty has a video on Youtube where he is dividing daylilies. In it he says to let the divisions sit in the sun a few days to heal any injuries.

I went ahead and did my best today but certainly broke many tubers (?) and even had to cut some apart. (These were terribly neglected and large clumps of plants.)

Should I let mine dry out or plant them right away? If they all survive, I will have tons of plants.

Thank you so much,

Julia in Woodinville, WA

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For what it's worth, I always plant them immediately - why leave them in the sun to dry out?

Trim the foliage back, plant them, and you'll see growth almost immediately.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 7:34PM
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I don't see any reason to let them dry out. They certainly will store for some time (in the shade, perhaps with occasional moisture).

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 9:28PM
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That's true. To kill a daylily, you really have to work at it. That being said, why stress the plant more than necessary?

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 10:40AM
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I have also heard those same instructions about letting the lily callus over first but I did what others are saying -- I divided the lily and planted it right back into the ground.

Seems to be doing OK so far. Put out lots of new growth, even wider than the original patch was doing earlier this year before I split it.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 10:53AM
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If you're in an area that suffers from crown rot, at certain times of the year, it will be wise to let the cut area callus over before replanting. Over-night should suffice.
During the heat of summer, it's also wise to pot the cut plant up so you can control the amount of water and sun it gets.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 12:17PM
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There's a product call Ban-Rot that one of the hybridizers uses - he talks about it in his blog.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 12:57PM
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Is it dry or wet your way? It has been a very rainy April here so far, so I wouldn't be planting except in a pot for a bit. If it weren't so damp I would plant now.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 3:17PM
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Not very rainy here in central Florida this year (so far).

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 7:10PM
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Actually, I wrote this yesterday when it was dry. I was so pooped after digging & dividing, I thought it would plant today. Today it is rainy out. :(

I'm thinking I'd better get them in soon, though. I probably have about 20+ plants to find homes for.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 11:21PM
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