Non blooming season

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In the late Summer, Fall and Winter all you can do is keep your daylilies watered and weed free. At this time they require less water, since they are not blooming and they do well in the mild Florida Winters. However if you have baby plants coming up in the pots now is the time to separate those babies and put them into their own separate pots. See how easy it is to increase the size of your garden and if you loose one you still have one. This picture was taken in November.

Watering

 

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If we get no rain we have to water our daylilies during the hot summer every 2 or 3 days, but thankfully less during the colder winter season.  At first we watered using a garden hose and later with a sprinkler system. In the winter they are not growing, blooming or budding and require less water. If a freeze is coming we water which helps to protect the roots.

Chemicals and fertilizers

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This isn’t the Garden of Eden any more. When you have a lovely garden of beautiful plants it’s like putting up a large sign which says to all bugs for miles around, “come here and feast”, and they do. Not all bugs are bad. Some good bugs come to feed on the bad bugs.  The bad ones will suck and chew the life out of your plants. We started adding a systemic chemical into each potted plant every 6 weeks to eliminate the chewing insects. The systemic doesn’t bother any other garden visitors like the butterflies, chameleons and Bumble bees as you will see in our pictures. Nature is a beautiful thing to watch if it doesn’t come to eat your garden but comes to eat in your garden. A little organic fertilizer added helps to maintain proper balance.

Soil, the most important ingredient

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The soil that does well for us is a mixture of 4 ingredients in measured proportions that we get from Lowe’s, Home Depot or the local Garden store. Garden Mix, Garden Soil, Mushroom Mix and Cow Manure. The proportions of each are 2 – 1 -1/3 – 1/3. Daylilies do  best when their soil is fairly light and well drained. They do not like wet feet and will do poorly if the soil is too heavy.

In the Beginning

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Pots01 1200x280 IMG_5674Several years ago we moved into a new home on 18 acres of land in the country in north central Florida. We are high and dry at 80 feet above sea level. Heavy storms leave little water standing. A wooded area all around us, peaceful and quiet with Oak trees and some pines. The trees and vegetation have been here untouched for thousands maybe millions of years. So, you would think that the soil must be fertile and our daylilies that we brought with us from the other house would do well here. Wrong. We discovered that when we raked away the surface leaves what we found was nothing but pure sand. The soil was so sandy that any decayed plant matter did not remain on the surface but disappeared to the depths below. This turned out to be a big disappointment. Any rich soil and plant nutrients or fertilizer we applied to our daylilies only disappeared. Our beautiful daylilies were suffering and trying to tell us something. We did everything we could for them the first year. It was a bad year. We lost some. We tried but could not bring them back. We had never experienced this soil condition before. We were determined to do this. We badly wanted to have our daylily garden again with bright smiling colorful faces each morning during the spring and early summer. We were so relieved when our experiment worked. We planted all of our daylilies in 5 Gallon plastic nursery pots with the soil they needed, a mix of our own. Now everyone is happy and doing well.