Daylily Rust:  My Limited Experience Of This In My Own Garden.

Daylily Arrived In Australia A Few Years Ago. 

I've had a little daylily rust appearing now and then in my garden over the last 18 months.    Outbreaks of daylily rust in my garden have been very small, and so far reasonably easy to control.   January and February usually are the months in which  daylily rust will appear in my garden. Sometimes, if March is hot, there will still be a few daylilies showing a little rust. 

Do keep  in mind that many plants occasionally develop rust/black-spot/powdery mildew, etcetera, and such problems don't prevent most gardeners from wanting to grow those plants.

I intend to continue growing the beautiful daylily, *but will compost any cultivar that appears to be extra susceptible to rust*.   I can live with the fact that daylilies will occasionally get orange spots on their foliage, as I have learned to live with black-spot on the foliage of my roses.

If your daylilies develop rust you  might elect to spray for rust to help control it;  certainly spraying  would appear to be the way to go for many commercial daylily nurseries; it's impractical for them to keep stripping affected outer leaves from plants. You'll most likely want to develop your own methods of control...ask other daylily growers what they're doing to control it,  then make your own decision as to how you want to attack to problem.

I don't grow Patrina.  On the extremely* rare* occasion I'll see a tiny bit of clivia rust on my clivias (has been very easily controlled by stripping off the 3-4 affected outer leaves and disposing of them. in a plastic bag, and leave the bag in hot sun for weeks.    I often see a bit of clivia rust on the clivias in nurseries, or on frangipanis, etc., but the owners or managers never seem terribly bothered by it.  As for black spot on roses, commercial dealers like to use  the  recommended sprays. You are allowed to use sprays in your garden  if you choose to do so.  A percentaage of the population have  expressessed concerns that regular spraying in the garden  might lead to  build up of harmful chemicals in their garden soil, and that this build up might be carcinogenic.  Decide for yourself how you want to hand rust/mildew/black spot.  I  personally believe  that in the rare rare circumstances  pesticides and fungicides have their place, but that is my view.


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just wanted to show you the kind of seedlings you can get by crossing daylilies.  Give it a go, your seedlings might very well turn out to be better than mine.

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