Daylilies

 
 
 
 
 


Our 5 yr. old Golden, Lucas


What is a daylily?

The genus Hemerocallis, which means “Beauty for a Day”, is native to Asia. Hybridizers have made great improvements in daylilies since the 1930’s. Originally the only colors were yellow, orange and red. Today we have near whites, pastels, pinks, purples and fabulous blends. Many people are familiar only with the common yellow and orange lilies seen along the roadside.

Why the daylily is the perfect perennial?

- Available is a rainbow of colors and a variety of shapes and sizes.

- Able to survive with very little care.

- Suitable for all types of landscapes.

- Drought tolerant with few pest and disease problems.

- Adaptable to various soil and light conditions.

- Known to bloom from late spring to fall.


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 Daylily Care

Water: Even though daylilies are very drought resistant, they will thrive on water. When it’s dry, regular watering will encourage growth and better blooms.

Soil: They will grow in any type of soil, but in rich, well-drained soil, they will grow faster and bloom longer.

Sun: Daylilies will grow just about anywhere but need sun to bloom. The more sun the more flowers.

Fertilizing: It’s been said that water is the best fertilizer for daylilies. We recommend a light dose of 10-10-10, in the spring, or a couple weeks after planting new plants. Too much fertilizer will make lots of leaves and less blooms.

How to plant: Dig a hole big enough for the root mass, about 6”-8” deep. Add compost to improve the soil, if possible. Place the lily upright, not cramming the roots, holding the crown an inch below the ground surface. Loosely push soil over the roots until the hole is full. Press the soil around the roots without covering the green of the plant. Leave a slight water reservoir around the plant. 

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Recommended care for dug lilies

Lilies can be dug and transplanted anytime during the growing season. Late spring through early fall allows the plant time to establish before the next blooming. Replant a dug lily as soon as possible. If you have to wait a few days, keep it moist and out of the sun.
 
Option 1…You can plant it “as is”. Water daily until established.
 
Option 2…A large plant can be divided into many plants. To divide, cut the leaves to 6”. Divide the plant into smaller plants by twisting them apart or cut it with a knife. (Doesn’t sound good but daylilies are very forgiving.) Just make sure there are roots on the smaller plants. We would be happy to divide them for you or show you how.
 

        
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