I have heard lot of discussion on single fan verses double fan. Most preferring double fan.
First, let us make a distinction between the two. What is a single fan? One might think, well, you dummy, it is one fan. Yes, that is true, but how does one come by that single fan?
Like you see in the video below of dividing Moonlit Masquerade, all the fans came apart as single fans. This is not always the case. Some single fans may have actually been cut apart in the crown and healed over. That would have made a double fan into two single fans. As in the case of Moonlit Masquerade, I could not sell it as a double fan but rather would have to sell it as two fans. Simply because they separated that way. As for a double fan, it simply means two fans growing from the same crown. Not two separate fans. In digging and dividing Elegant Candy this morning, I had single fans and one triple fan. Again simply meaning that three fans were growing from the same crown. These fan will eventualy grow off that crown into single fans.After all that is how they multiply. Some daylilies will even shoot a fan off to the side from one of the rizones. My Bama Moonshine does that . More on that at a later date.
In the discussions I have heard, it seems that most prefer double fans, saying that they become established faster and bloom better. My opinion is that a single fan that separated as a single fan would establish faster than a single fan that has been cut in the crown and made into a single fan. I also think that two separate single fans would be better than a double fan as the extra fan on the crown is a very young fan and more than likely will not bloom the first year. I will let you know how this triple fan blooms this year. I am open for discussion on this, so please feel free to leave you comments, statements, or questions.
So how is one to know whether they are selling a double fan or two single fans? If it has been lined out as two separate fans then it would be sold as two single fans. One would not know while digging whether they were going to have two separate fans or a double fan to come from the clump. Just keep that in mind when you purchase a double fan; it just might be two separate fans as it would be in the case of one that divides like Moonlit Masquerade.
Many of the comments I have had say that a single fan multiplies slower than a double fan and even two separate fans planted in the same hole. So tomorrow I will go back and plant a single fan in a hole by itself to see if it multiplies slower than the one planted today with two separate fans in the same hole. Someone noted that they like their roots to entwine with each other,