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Stella de Oro.

Re-bloomers and ever bloomers

Stella de Oro: Compact plant, yellow flowers, thin leaves, smaller flowers.

Always Afternoon: Dusty rose-pink with burgundy eye zone and lemon yellow throat. 60 cm.

Apricot Sparkle: Peach colour fading to a darker throat. Dwarf.

Prairie Wildfire: Scarlet with a yellow throat. Dwarf. Deep purple daylily.

What’s all this about diploid and tetraploid?

Daylily aficionados often use the terms “diploid” or “tetraploid” to describe the different kinds of plant. Diploid refers to a plant with two separate sets of chro- mosomes. Diploids have 11 chromosomes from the egg cell and 11 from the sperm cells of its pollen which means that one set is inherited from each parent. Tetra- ploids have four sets or 44 chromosomes. You prob- ably don’t give a hoot about this except to note that tetraploids often have larger blooms and diploids often display the prettiest pinks.

colour has often been manipulated. What the marketers call blue is usually purple, mauve or even sometimes pink. Plant dark coloured daylilies in a partly shaded area to

preserve their vibrant hues. Light colours do better in full sun.

Care for daylilies Daylilies, a sun-loving plant that need about five to

six hours of sunlight a day, grow happily pretty much anywhere. You can give them a boost in springtime by sprinkling low nitrogen, slow-release fertilizer (such as 5-10-10) in the root zone, about six inches away from the base of the plant. Water it in well. Mulching can help retain moisture in the soil and suppress weeds.

Raspberry Suede: Dark velvety red with a small yellow throat. Dwarf.

French Lingerie: Very exotic. Rose pink with a bold ruffle and matching throat. 60 to 65 cm.

Happy Ever After: Comes in apricot, pink, yellow rose and red, blooming 75 to 125 days depending on weather.

Don’t allow the re-bloomers to dry out as this can stress

the plant and prevent re-blooming. If you notice hard “buds” that will not bloom, these may

be seed pods and should be removed to promote more blooms in re-blooming varieties and strengthen blooming capacity for regular varieties. After planting, daylilies commonly take a while to estab-

lish and may not bloom or bloom well for the first two or three years, but be patient. They are well worth the wait. To divide daylilies you can choose the long and compli-

cated method of digging up the whole plant then carefully untangling their roots, or the easy method of using a sharp spade directed through the centre of the crown to divide the plant into four pieces, then dig each out separately. This is the easiest way to deal with a long established plant that has grown very large. Yes, this will damage some tubers, but if the daylily is very overgrown, this is small sacrifice to pay in terms of time and energy. You can divide in either spring or fall, although in areas

where there is a lot of clay, the spring time is the easier because the ground gives up its hold on the roots much more readily. K

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