Wilting daylilies?

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Old 02-05-07, 09:19 AM
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Wilting daylilies?

I have some small/young daylilies in my backyard and they seem to be getting weaker and weaker. Could it be from my sprinklers watering them. I made sure they had good soil around them and mulched around they base of the plant. The green foliage is getting yellow and beginning to drop. My other daylilies have come back well from looking bad. Should I just wait it out.

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Old 02-05-07, 04:05 PM
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Not really enough info to help here, but if your sprinklers are giving them more then an inch of rain a week, it could be too much for them. You also don't say how long they've been in the ground and if they are established or recently planted so it would be a guessing game with that.

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Old 02-05-07, 11:35 PM
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Daylily has been in the ground for almost 3 months. I bought them from a local nursury and then planted then in the ground. They looked strong for a while, but now they look week and are loosing their green foliage. They are not getting more than an inch.
 
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Old 02-06-07, 07:47 AM
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Since they've only been in the ground for 3 months you might want to gently dig around to check they aren't planted or mulched too deeply and take a look at the roots. You might have to dig one up to better look at the roots. You say that "they had good soil around them" and I'm wondering if you mixed compost into the entire area or just the planting hole. Just putting compost or fertilizer in the planting hole isn't good. Compost and any fertilizer should be mixed into the entire planting area. If the compost isn't mixed into the area the roots might tend to stay put and not stretch out into the soil. Synthetic fertilizer used just in the planting hole can burn the roots.

Also check to see that the plant isn't rootbound to the point that it can't take up water in the center of the rootball or there isn't water in the bottom of the planting hole.

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Old 02-07-07, 11:20 AM
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I just checked and they were buried a little too deep. The mulch and some soil were covering the main stem of the plant. I dug around the plant and uncovered the stem. All of the foliage has fallen off the lily, but the roots and stem seem healthy. Should I leave it in the ground, will it come back?
 
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Old 02-07-07, 02:30 PM
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Leave them in the ground if they aren't planted too deep. If they are too deep, dig them up and replant. If the roots aren't damaged they should return. Daylilies are tough plants. They may not bloom for you this year.

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Old 02-07-07, 03:29 PM
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Thanks, I heard that daylilies were tough. I'm not too worried about the blooms I would just like to see some new green foliage.
 
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