I have found that some daylilies are just darn hard to convert. PINK STRIPES is an example. It just throws up fans and more fans, and then even more fans. I can't tell you how many times I've had to trim away the runaway fans. As an example I'm showing a picture of PINK STRIPES taken back on November 17, 2011. You can easily see that there are too many fans. I've learned from experience that only one fan should exist during the treatment process. If there are two fans, the treated fan will falter, and the other untreated fan will get the energy go grow. I've even found that PINK STRIPES throws up more fans even inside the main fan. Odd behavior, but the plant must be limited to only one fan to have the best chance at conversion. I'm showing a picture of one of the fans of PINK STRIPES that I treated today.
You might notice that I started the treatment process by using my scissors to cut away the top of the fan. This is just easier. I then take a razor, and cut down to the area to where I will begin to carve toward the "growing tip." I'm also showing how I've cut the plant as best I can to get near to the growing tip. Of course, the growing tip is the place that must receive the Colchicine. The Colchicine that I apply contains a few drops of red food coloring. The Colchicine also contains 12 milliliters of DMSO. I learned the "hard way" to increase the amount of DMSO that I use from my good friend, Don Eller. Don uses 12 milliliters of DMSO for 380 milliliters of Colchicine. Don's method works very well.
I'm also showing the thirteen (13) plants that I treated today. Six (6) were PINK STRIPES, and seven (7) were MIMOSA UMBRELLA. I will keep trying to get these two converted until I get the task
accomplished. My friend Paul Lewis from Ohio gave me PINK STRIPES, and my friend David Miller, who is now deceased, gave me MIMOSA UMBRELLA. It is good to have good friends. Finally, I'm showing Little Lily Rae when she recently visited the Greenhouse. She had such a big smile and really enjoyed seeing the flowers on the hanging baskets. I am beginning to think that Little Lily Rae is ready for an elevation from Princess Lily Rae to Queen Lily Rae.
Well that is all today from the Kennesaw Mountain Daylily Gardens.
I started growing daylilies around 1992, and I liked them so much that I eventually removed my entire 1/2 acre vegetable garden, and instead planted just daylilies. Many friends came to see the daylilies, there were several newspaper articles about the daylilies, then, our daylily garden was featured on "Gardener's Diary" on HGTV in 2001. I became so much interested in daylilies that I served as General Counsel for the AHS from 2000 to 2005. My wife Diana and I ultimately founded the Cobb County Daylily Society, and I have now served two terms as President. Diana has served two terms as our Secretary. My wife Diana and I were married forty-five years ago, on May 17, 1969, in Diana's hometown of Milbank, South Dakota. We have one daughter, Kelley Rae, and one grand daughter, Beautiful Lily Rae.