I think it was Julia or Floota, but Thank You!

organic_kitten(8)May 4, 2012

I am not sure who posted that they live-headed. It is so much better. True the blooms are still generally beautiful, but they don't leak all of the nasty purplish fluid that stains your fingers, and everything is ready for pictures when I go outside in the morning. Many thanks for such good advice.

kay

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whiteforest(6 MI)

New to daylilies here... What do you mean by live-heading? Do you mean that you remove the flowers at the end of the day before they've died off?

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 8:13PM
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jean_ar(z8 Ar)

Oh I just dont have the heart to remove mine before they have died .I love the blooms too much for that. I just grab the pruners the next morning when I go out and snip them off then,and dont have a mess in my fingers.

Jean

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 8:17PM
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floota

Whiteforest, yes, live-heading is taking the blooms off in the evening as opposed to waiting to the next day.

Always glad for a convert! Yes, I have live-headed for years. IMHO, there are several advantages - first, if you like to photograph your garden, you have a clean palate each morning, which is the best time for garden photography. No dealing with those slimy spent blooms with purple juice.Ugh! Secondly, live heading helps to control earwigs, as they like to feast on the spent blooms. Finally, live heading is much cleaner. I really hate dealing with the purple slime, and how some blooms have the oooie-gooies that keep other blooms from opening. If you live-head, you can always save a few favorite blooms to take inside and enjoy for the rest of the evening. I do that frequently! However, to each his or her own! Live-heading is just my preference. .

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 9:25PM
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najoba(8b)

I read several years ago where one hybridizer live-headed every day at 5 P.M. That's a great idea, but with my luck, I'd snap off some fabulous cross that I had just made that day! (LOL)

Nancy

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 9:38PM
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dementieva(Zone 9 - Houston)

Yeah, unfortunately, if you make a cross, you have to live with the mummy (thanks Daylily Journal) for a day or three.

Nate

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 10:40PM
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mizellie(z7 Al)

It's great Kay. I have always pinched of the blooms in the evening so everything is fresh and beautiful the next morning.. I've done it for years but don't know who told me about it. I think it was a friend who pasted about 6 or 7 years ago...Ellie

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 10:54PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Lots of work to live head but just as much work to deadhead them. I am just too lazy. I deadhead whatever I am about to take a picture of and thats it. I must admit if I was a multi millionare though, I would hire someone to deadhead my daylilies.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 11:34PM
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Julia NY(6)

It takes me almost 2 hours to do it each evening and the wheel barrow would be full of blooms. Some nights I skipped it if I got too tired and just waited till the next morning while taking photos. Waiting till the next day has its disadvantages as you get that dripping on other blossoms like Kay mentioned. I've done the unthinkable and accidentally snapped a bud in my rush to get done.

My husband did not like the idea of my taking off a live bloom. LOL.

Julia

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 7:35AM
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organic_kitten(8)

I am a convert. the blooms will be toast the next morning. and I have dripped the purple daylily "dracula" blood onto a bloom and spoiled it for pictures. (Think cream or light). It is just so much neater.

I have an elderly neighbor (older than me even) who hated to see me livehead, but it is so much cleaner, it seems to take less time, and, I admit, a bloom or two usually make it indoors.
kay

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 8:44AM
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beachlily z9a

I live head daily also. Love going around looking at blooms and then tidying up. Too messy to do it in the morning when I want to take pictures.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 4:16PM
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