He Daylily Friends,
We have worked so hard to get seedlings moved from the Greenhouse and planted outside. On Tuesday Diana helped me plant 400 seedlings, then on Thursday and Friday our friend David helped me plant another 800 seedlings. All together, we've planted about 1,900 seedlings in the outside garden. Then, after all of these seedlings were planted, we had near freezing temperatures last night. This morning when I went to look at the condition of the plants, I could see that they took a real hit, but by this afternoon they looked like nothing had happened. Daylilies are truly tough. Despite the cold weather, these seedlings will be ok, and some will bloom during the summer of 2014.
Then, today, I took a picture to show how the daylily looks now, about 13 days after the dead material was removed. The purpose in doing all of this is to help prevent any disease from forming that will ruin my conversion effort. I have to keep a constant vigil to spot problems. I would add that about a week after I removed the dead material around the growing tip, I applied water. The area around the growing tip was dry when water was given. The hardest part of the conversion process is to stop rot and keep the treated plant growing.