Sun Dragon Daylilies is located near London, Kentucky on the Cumberland Plateau, about one hour south of Lexington, Kentucky, off Interstate I-75 and is a state-inspected nursery/breeding program, yearly inspected and licensed through the Kentucky Office of the State Entomologist. My area is in zone 6 or 7, depending on who you ask and the winter you are referring to. My daylilies are grown in the average conditions of my area. My soil is acidic (averaging about pH 6.0), heavy clay and orange sandstone blend with a layer of dark brown top soil. I do not do soil amendments, nor do I make a lot of additives to the soil. I want to know what is going to grow the best in average conditions, not what looks the best in the highest input conditions that most average gardeners and homeowners won't be able or willing to provide. Daylilies are billed as 'the easiest of all garden plants', and that can be true, when you find daylilies that haven't been bred and raised for generations in heavily modified conditions with lots of fertilizer, water, soil amendments, even artificial growing mediums and greenhouses, and/or raised in the warm semi-tropics of Florida.
I use slightly different cultural methods in my hybridizing garden and seedling beds than I use in my sale beds. All new cultivars and seedlings are grown with no spraying for insect or pathogenic pests and with little additive fertilizer, water, or soil amendments. In this way I can test each cultivar I bring in and each seedling I produce so that I can know what are the toughest, most forgiving and most resistant to pest damage. In this way I work to find the plants that will be easiest and most resilient for you to grow without resorting to expensive and often time consuming inputs.
In my sale beds, as well as the display gardens on the farm, I add nitrogen and lime at least twice per year (once in spring and once after bloom season), a fertilizer with phosphorus during bloom season and a fertilizer with potassium after replanting and in the fall to stimulate root growth. I spray for thrips and aphids starting in early spring and up to the end of June, alternating between Bifenthrin and Spinosad. If there are aphid outbreaks in the fall, I will spray with one or the other of these again at that time.
From the year 2012 through 2016, I practiced a program of rust resistance screening in my hybridizing garden and seedling beds. In order to do that, I had to bring in plants from Florida each spring to ensure the presence of rust for screening, as rust does not survive my winters and I don't use greenhouses. As of 2016 I have completed that screening and will not be bringing in any more plants for the purpose of acquiring rust for the foreseeable future. As of the end of January 2017 I have already had multiple nights in the single digits and all evergreen and semi-evergreen plants have been killed to the ground, so there should be no rust here from this point forward. My continued rust resistance breeding program will rely on select seedlings being screened for resistance to rust by colleagues in the deep south where rust is endemic and present throughout much of the year.
Ordering and Shipping
I ship bare root daylily divisions. I can accept orders at any time. Please contact me by email (I am hard to reach by phone - I am pretty much a work force of one here) to be sure the cultivars you are interested in are available and to obtain my mailing address. If I run out of a variety or have a crop failure after your order is placed, I will substitute for a variety of equal or greater value unless you specify no substitutions, then I will refund the purchase price of the unavailable variety. Please note, specific daylilies are only considered 'reserved' when payment is received. Orders can be paid by check, money order or Paypal. Kentucky residents must add 6% sales tax. Please make check or money order payments payable to Brian Reeder. If you are not satisfied with the plants you receive, do not plant them and contact me immediately. I do not offer international shipping at this time. I cannot ship to California at this time.
Sun Dragon Daylilies is a mail order nursery. As this is a hobby business and I am the bulk of my workforce, I only ship for a short time in spring and a short time in late summer/early fall. You may contact me to arrange a shipping date or to see if I can ship outside my shipping windows. I may or may not be able to, depending on any number of other obligations or projects that I may have going on.
2017 Projected Shipping Dates:
Spring - Weeks of March 26th, April 2nd, April 9th, May 14th and/or May 21st.
Fall - To be announced.
I will be shipping by USPS Priority Mail.
East of the Mississippi - $10.00 first plant plus $1.00 for each additional plant.
West of the Mississippi - $12.00 first plant plus $1.00 for each additional plant.
Sun Dragon Daylilies is a mail order nursery. We are not open to the public. Garden visits are by appointment only. My plant breeding program is my hobby and my major focus. I don't have much help and do most of the garden maintenance myself, so my time is limited. I may not always be able to accommodate garden visits due to prior commitments or any number of other situations, especially if the request to visit is on short notice. Thank you for your understanding.
At times I may be able to offer quantity pricing on multiple divisions or full clumps of some cultivars to other sellers, nurseries or landscapers. Wholesale orders of whole clumps would only be available for pickup at the garden by prior arrangement. When available, wholesale quantities of divisions can be shipped.
For questions or inquiries
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