I have stella dora plants that have quit blooming, turning
brown and drooping. What should I do or what could be attacking them?
I have been treating other plants with a slug and snail killer.
If you are referring to the daylily of that name, what you are experiencing
is normal. They emerge in early spring and then bloom heavily for about a
month in late spring to early summer. After the first bloom they tend to
set seeds and decline. I try to remove the seeds as they develop. I put
some fertilizer on them in the early spring and again after they bloom.
Mine have started to boom again. The subsequent bloom is significantly more
sparse than the initial bloom. The foliage starts to decline also. By
fall, much of the foliage has turned brown. I have about thirty large
clumps of them that line a walkway. They need to be divided but the job
seem daunting and I would have to find new locations for the divisions.
Maybe next year!
I am not speaking of day lilies. I know that they have a short bloom
period. The ones I mean are in bloom all summer and a smaller plant.
They are referred to as Stella Dora. They have yellow flowers and
almost look like a smaller version of the common daylily.
I know what a daylily is. What I am referring to is the smaller
version of the same type of plant. It is supposed to bloom all
summer. It looks very much like the larger daylily. I know the
larger one only blooms for a couple of weeks and dies off. Actually
any version of this plant is very easy to transplant. Very hardy.
If you are talking about this plant, it IS a daylily:
It is a re-blooming variety. The hype says that it blooms all summer. I
suppose it does is some yard somewhere. It is used by the tens of thousands
in landscapes here in SW Ohio. It blooms heavily for about three week with
a few flower before and following the primary bloom. That extend the three
weeks to four or five. It rests for about three weeks and then you will see
sporadic flowers for the rest of the summer. If you deadhead, the
re-blooming will be a little heavier. Daylilies tend to decline after they
bloom and this one in no exception. You simply can't believe everything
printed on nursery labels. I saw a tag on Oenothera fruticosa today that
said it boomed all summer - and it doesn't.
You can see a small sample of the ones that I have in the link below.
Thanks for the information and websites which were very helpful. I
feel better now about my plants. Many of my replies were sarcastic,
so I happy to receive your useful infor. Thanks again.
There are daylilies that are very short with small flowers. They are not
all tall like the ditch lily. I could not find any other perennial with the
name Stella Dora. You have a daylily, Stella De Oro.
The reason your Stella De Oro is not blooming properly is because the garden
centers sell tissue cultured plants marked as Stella De Oro. Tissue
cultured plants are not always an exact clone of its famous parent and it
does not perform well. Also there are a lot of Stella De Oro look alikes
that are not the true Stella De Oro, not even tissue cultured from the true
Stella. If I were you I would take the plant back to the garden center
where you got it and demand my money back. They are charging too much for
that plant as it is. I sell daylilies. The most frequent question I get is
asking why their Stella De Oro does not bloom like others they have seen.
The problem seems to be getting worse. Probably because there are so many of
the so called Stella De Oro in the garden centers.
Also even the true Stella De Oro does not bloom all summer. It reblooms a
little, some zones more than others. When it gets to be a huge clump there
are so many scapes and flowers it takes a long time for the first bloom to
Also the Stella owner should realize they need to remove those seed pods
that form. The seed pods are the round pumpkin like things that form on the
end of the scapes after the bloom is finished. Any plant that goes to seed
will stop blooming. So after the first bloom is finished, remove the scapes
and seed pods right away. Keep your Stella De Oro watered well, and it
should bloom better for you if you do not have one of the fake Stella's.
I bought the original plants two years ago, divided them in the Fall
and perhaps that is what is also part of my problem. I have trimmed
them back, fertilized them and will wait to see what happens. Thanks
so much for the information.
Another thing, don't use Miracle Grow on daylilies. It is too high in
Nitrogen [the first number on the formula]. Use a fertilizer with a low
first number such as 6-10-10, or 5-12-10. If you use a high nitrogen
fertilizer on daylilies you will get all green foliage and few bloom.
Standard all-purpose Miracle Grow is 15-30-15 plus micronutrients. If you have
this formulation you can make it 'low-nitrogen' by using less of the crystals in
a given volume of water. The recommended usage rate is 1 tablespoon per gallon
of water, but if you simply reduce the amount to 1 teaspoon per gallon of water
you will effectively have a 5-10-5 formulation, without having to buy another
Miracle Grow is also formulated as a 'bloom booster'. That ratio of
macronutrients is 10-52-10, and also includes micronutrients. You can
effectively reduce the nitrogen (and other components) by half by using 1
tablespoon in 2 gallons of water, instead of the recommended 1 tablespoon in 1
gallon of water.
Yes indeed, thanks for pointing this out. At one time it seems that Miracle
Grow was a different formula with a higher nitrogen ratio. I may be wrong
about that. I know Osmocote comes in different ratio forumlas so the box
should be read to know exactly what ratio of Nitrogen-phosphorus-potash
[N-P-K] is in the particular fertilizer.
Also there is a time to use a high nitrogen fertilizer. I do use it if
foliage looks sluggish. However, too many home gardeners seem to think if a
little Miracle grow is good then more will cure all plant problems or uses
it at the wrong time.
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