Thursday, August 11, 2011

Soil Mixture; Planting Seeds; DAVID ARTHUR

Hello Daylily Friends,

I have been so busy this past
week working toward getting all of my seeds planted.  I like to use a particular soil mixture when I plant my seeds, and so it takes me a little longer to get it all done.  I start with several loads of soil from my friends at "Wood Tech Mulch & Soils."  Here is their website address:  Wood Tech has a very interesting operation, and I may write about this over the next several days.  I buy a truck load of soil mixture from Wood Tech that costs $50.88.  A great buy!  In my first picture I'm showing two loads of soil that are out behind my Greenhouse.  I fill my smaller wheel barrow about
2/3rds full of the Wood Tech soil.  I then add 4 hand fulls of Magnesium Sulphate (Epson Salts), and 1 cup of Florikan 16-4-9 fertilizer.  Next, I fill my small wheel barrow with "Aged Pine Bark" from Fafard.  Then, I mix the materials together using my 10-prong fork.  I like the 10-prong fork because from experience I have found it to be the most helpful in mixing everything together.

Then, I take my small wheel barrow, and empty the contents into my bigger wheel barrow.  I then mix everything again.  I keep mixing everything so that the Aged Pine Bark, the Magnesium Sulphate, and the Fertilizer are equally distributed in all parts of the soil.  I am often asked about the Florikan Fertilizer that I use.  In my opinion, it is the best fertilizer that exists on the market today.  Here is an important fact: it does not burn seedlings.  If you are really interested in the Florikan, you can visit them at their website which is as follows:

I like to plant my seeds into 3" Jiffy peat pots.  These peat pots are readily available, with trays.  You should purchase the peat pots and plastic trays together.  Now I realize that three inches isn't much for a growing daylily seedling, but in about six weeks, I will move these peat pots to larger containers.  I will be careful not to disturb the roots.  The remaining peat pots will be planted outside the Greenhouse.

I thought that you might like to see my Greenhouse with all of my seeds planted.  Actually, the last seeds were planted on Sunday, August 7, 2011.  I like growing seeds in the peat pots, with the soil mixture I've talked about, because this process helps assure that I see blooms in one year.  It is important to see blooms in one year so as to try to keep pace with the South Florida hybridizers.  Oh, one other thing.  My daylily, DAVID ARTHUR, has just been blooming and blooming and blooming in our back yard, with tall 4-way branching.  In this hot summer weather it keeps blooming as a double.  Thought that you might like to see DAVID ARTHUR.



  1. Dear Bill,

    Man, you are a true hard worker to be doing that kind of work in those temperatures! Be careful and hydrate yourself. Take breaks in the shade. Was just curious, do you use a pre emegent of any kind? I'm finding that I have all sorts of weeds and crabgrass right now and I wish I had used something. Friends recommend a pre emergent called Snapshot. It's expensive. About a hundred bucks for a bag. As to my fertilizer, I use Nutricote 18-6-8, 100 day release. Here in Ohio we need it to release in a faster amount of time. Anyway, don't over do it.

  2. Hi Paul,
    I am glad that you offer the warning about the heat. I need to have the warning, and I do my best to keep my level of exhaustion under control. I drink plenty of Diana's Lemonade, and I do rest. Actually, when I'm resting I'm usually watering my plants in the Greenhouse. Anyway, I agree with you that for your climate, using Nutricote fertilizer, that has a 100 day release program, is a very good idea. Good choice! As to weeds and crabgrass, I agree with you again that Snapshot is very expensive. So, I have gone back to using Preen. Less expensive, but still effective. The only weed that Preen doesn't seem to control is "Hairy Bittercrest." Truly a nasty weed. If I could convince our Creator that this weed is of no benefit, I believe that I would be doing the daylily world a great service. Thanks so much for your note!