Does total quantity of buds affect bloom quality?
Many of our daylily plants are blooming like tulips. Last year a plant such as Barbara White was blooming beautifully with 4 or 5 blooms per day, a real show-stopper. This year the same plant might have a similar number of blooms but they only open partly, petals not flat but curled up a little at the edges. That plant probably has 7 scapes with 15 - 25 buds per scape. These numbers are typical. Plants with a half dozen scapes, each with 15 -30 buds are not blooming as completely as they did when they had fewer total buds. On the other hand, Arctic Lace has 5 scapes each with 20-25 buds and has been blooming merrily for weeks now with 4-5 perfectly open blooms each day. All these plants get the same sun and moisture. Any ideas?