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Failing to flower.

I have several hemerocallis, but they seem to be reluctant to flower. They were the same for the past couple of years so last year I divided them but this year they still have not produced flowers. The most common variety has flowered but the more particular named ones have not. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I seem to have this problem in general that the plants grow well but don't produce as much flower as I would expect. The soil is quite heavy over chalk and I generally only feed with chicken pellets in spring and any compost we can make which is not enough for the whole garden at any one time.

Comments (4)

  1. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Hi Winifred,

    I am coming more and more to the opinion that some plants are being over-bred (Penstemons come to mind) and in doing so, are losing their hardiness, or their longevity - it always makes you wonder if the plant breeders are trying to get plants that have to be replaced every few years, instead of going on for decades! This might explain why the "common" ones are flowering, but the more fancy ones are struggling?

    On the other hand, as you divided them last year, they might still be recovering (it can take a season for them to flower again properly after being disturbed), and we have had a particularly difficult season this year, what with snow, frost, howling gales, then two months of "Scorchio!".

    If I were you, I'd give them a foliar feed now - something like liquid seaweed - before the foliage dies back, and fingers crossed for next year.

  2. Grower

    Winifred Field

    Thanks Rachel, will do.

  3. Grower

    Mark Sturgeon

    How much direct sun do they get Winifred?

  4. Grower

    Winifred Field

    Sorry Mark not to have answered before. I am sure I have checked my notes around the 20th or so but didn't get anything come through till after I checked back this week. However the plants I have been thinking about are in both full sun and shady borders depending on their needs. I seems to be a thing with some plants, they just don't do in my garden and this year I have been very disappointed with the garden but I know the weather has been freaky. I also try to grow to much in the borders and things get too crowded, still with the optimistic view that is a gardeners life will try again next year !

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