As everyone who’s ever experienced them already understands, daylilies are wonderful plants to add to any gardening venue. And with the right daylily seeds, you can grow gorgeous and potentially unique daylilies, right in your own back yard. In this article, we’ll outline the process that we use to achieve the highest germination rate for all our daylily seeds.
Your Daylily Seeds are Unique
First, it’s important to remember that each of your daylily seeds is a unique and self-contained plant. Each has the potential for its own unique look and characteristics, and that makes high germination a desirable goal. It also differentiates daylilies from most other plants, where every seed is basically the same plant as any other, and thus every plant variety is extremely plentiful.
In short, the very uniqueness of each plant makes the achievement of a high rate of germination more important than it might be with most plant varieties.
You can get your daylilies started with minimal efforts and little expense. The tools that we recommend are, for the most part, pretty basic – which makes this starter technique perfect for just about everyone. Here are the basics:
- We recommend that you use peat pots that have drainage holes at the bottom of the pots.
- For soil, we prefer the Miracle Grow seed-starting soil, which is designed to provide the essential nutrients plants need for a quick start in life.
- You’ll also need some no-drain growing trays.
It’s also recommended that you label your seed crosses so that you can better track the parent information. It’s not a requirement, obviously, but if you get things mixed up later then this labeling information might be the only reference point available.
You’ll also need hydrogen peroxide to add to your water. If you’re wondering why, hold that thought; we’ll come back to in a moment.
Starting the Plants
Add some of your Miracle Grow soil to each pot and arrange the pots on the growing trays. Mix some water (spring water if you have it available) together with your hydrogen peroxide. We use a formula of about two tablespoons for each gallon of water.
Why, hydrogen peroxide? As it turns out, hydrogen peroxide has certain properties that can protect your seed against rot, while inhibiting the growth of fungus and bacteria that might otherwise threaten the plants’ integrity.
Place your peat pots into the planting tray and add water to the tray slowly, allowing the pots and the soil to soak up the water, be careful not to fill too fast as the pots may begin to float and tip. Use a marker or other tool to punch a hole in the soil – about one to one-and-a-half inches deep – and then place the seed inside and cover the seed with soil.
At that point, the seeds are ready to start growing! Add some additional water the planting tray to ensure they stay moist, half an inch should be fine. All you need to do now is find a warm location where there is partial shade, and wait for them to begin to germinate. Over the course of the next three weeks, your main goal should be to ensure that the soil remains moist so that the seeds can do their work. And remember, if they dry out, all that hard work will have been in vain.
Continue to monitor and care for them until they’ve grown a couple of inches in height. At that point, they’re ready for replanting!