Thursday, August 26, 2010

Seedling field preparation . . .

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About three weeks ago, I sprayed the 2008 seedling field with Round Up to kill any seedlings that were left. Well, you know Round Up, when you want it to kill something, it does not do a very good job. A few days ago, I decided to till in anything that was left with my 18 hp Kubota tractor and Woods tiller. Let me tell you, that woods tiller will make anything ready to replant in just a couple passes. Here is the tractor and tiller.
My neighbor kids me that the tiller paint and the tractor paint do not match. However, I know how really jealous he is.

This is what the seedling bed looked like when I started tilling it. Notice that the Round Up application did not kill everything.

Here is what it looks like behind the tiller on one pass through the seedlings. I know I will need to make at least one more pass.

This is what the whole bed looked like after 2 passes with the Woods tiller. I know there will be some partial crowns that will start growing and I will need at least one and maybe two more passes to clean up everything. There will be enough room in this field to plant at least 5000 seedlings next spring . . . if I am crazy enough to start that many seeds. I would probably be a dead husband if I did! :-)

There has been some discussion on the email robin lately about yellow daylilies. Yellows are my ultimate favorites. Here is Seedling No. 0651 (Macho Macho Man X Wonder Of It All), A 6" + citrus yellow, lightly ruffled, lightly sculpted, green throat, and great wide blunt sepals. A real stopper in the garden. Here is No. 0651.

Just a few plants yet to line out and the fall gardening will be done except for normal upkeep. This has been a hard summer with many 90° + days in a row with very little rain. It is getting so I don't know what a normal year is anymore.

Now is the time to start planning to attend the Daylily Hybridizer's Summit in Chattanooga (formerly the Myrtle Beach meeting)  on December 3-5, 2010. For more information, contact me at

Exciting things happen to those who hybridize daylilies!

Life is very, very good. Remember, when the bloom is gone, you still have your daylily friends!



  1. Hi Lee,

    To get better kill with roundup try adding a tablespoon of dishwashing soap per gallon of solution. It'll even kill poison ivy.
    keep on blogging

  2. Hi Mike,

    I add a surfactant plus a little water soluble fertilizer. I was told that the fertilizer would help the plant absorb the Round Up. Thanks for the comment.