Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Planting Daylilies Inside for the 2016 Winter

2016 Daylily Seedling

This is one of the 97 pots of daylily seedlings residing
inside this year. There is an average of five plants per pot
 and 60 different cross combos. They are placed in a 
south-facing window which provides enough sunlight 
without the use of artificial lighting.

This number of pots is much less than in prior
years, however, germination was very good, even
though some of the seeds were of questionable
appearance.   

Crowding the seedlings in this manner does not
seem to harm them in any way. The roots come 
 apart easily enough when taking them apart 
for planting, and usually some of the
 potting soil adheres to the
 root systems when the soil is wet.   

These seedlings are 12 inches tall, as is most of the others.
I can't remember how many times during the winter
that I have trimmed the tops of these plants.  

The seedlings were planted in the third week of
September 2015, and have been growing quite well
during the winter. However, at first, they were not doing
so well. 
When the plants were about 3 inches tall, I
fertilized them with liquid fertilizer, yet they still 
looked very pale green. Hubby suggested we use
some granular 10-10-10.

He added just a pinch of granules to each pot, being 
careful not to get any granules on the seedlings. In
a few days the results were amazing. The plants
have been fertilized twice this way during the entire
winter. As you can see in the photo above, they do not
require any further feeding.    

The yellow areas on the foliage are not a problem
with the plants. This is simply 
reflection of the incandescent lighting above. 
Also, I am quite pleased that the seedlings this
year sport arching foliage rather than the
foliage that sticks straight up like a pineapple.
I have tried to cross for arching foliage, and it
seems to have worked.   

Weather permitting, the plants will be transferred
outside to acclimate to full sun around mid April.
After two weeks of this timed process, the plants will 
be planted in the ground beds.

Once planted outside, the plants enjoy the
outside elements, and respond with rapid growth. 
Oh, there will be some runts in the bunch, but
mostly the seedlings do quite well.  


  

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