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How To Plant Daylilies

Updated on March 4, 2013

Daylily, Little Grapette

Daylily, Little Grapette
Daylily, Little Grapette | Source

Perennial plants in general are a great way to add diversity to your landscape. Daylilies are no exception, and they are low-maintenance plants perfect for novice gardeners or as an introductory perennial. Once you've learned how to plant daylilies and care for them, they can serve as an easy way to add some spice and color to any landscape.

What is a Daylily?

Daylilies are members of the hemerocalis genus. They come in a wide variety of colors and forms. Their flowers are brilliantly colored and dramatic. This feature alone makes growing daylilies a rewarding exercise -- they are an excellent choice for any garden.

Daylilies grow in clumps. On a plant-by-plant basis, they cut a striking image, featuring long narrow leaves with flowers perched atop tall stalks.

Daylily Care

Daylilies are not only striking and colorful -- fortunately, they are low maintenance plants. Daylilies are one of the easiest flowering plants to grow, and are a great plant for beginning gardeners. They are suitable for a wide variety of climates and can be grown successfully in USDA plant hardiness zones 1-11. Be mindful of where you plant them in a yard or other landscaped location. Sun is important: daylilies need at least 6 hours of full sunlight exposure for best growth.

Daylilies prefer slightly acidic soil. The soil pH should be 5.7-6.5, if you're up for taking a measurement (or if you know your soil's pH statistics already). While daylilies can tolerate very wet soil conditions, they should be planted in soil that has good drainage. Thus, when growing daylilies, try to keep the soil moist. But allow the soil to dry somewhat between watering.

Daylilies are low-feeding plants. They need fertilizer only about once or twice a year.

Beautiful apricot daylily.
Beautiful apricot daylily. | Source

Planting

Daylilies can be planted whenever the soil becomes workable. In colder climates, spring is a good time to plant. Daylilies may also be divided, which means you can split your plant into multiple different plants to share with a friend or plant in different parts of your landscape. The best time to divide daylilies is after they’ve flowered, and plants should be cut back to 5-6 inches before dividing. Daylilies should be planted in the ground so that the soil is just above the root ball. The root ball should be covered by soil.

Maintenance and Pests

One of the big advantages of growing daylilies is that they are low maintenance plants. They require little work to keep in good condition. Plants may be cut back to maintain size. There are few pests that affect daylilies. Flower thrips and aphids have been known to attack daylily flowers. They are easily treated with insecticidal soaps.

Daylily, Stella d'Oro

Daylily, Stella d'Oro is popular ever-blooming variety
Daylily, Stella d'Oro is popular ever-blooming variety | Source

Cultivars

There are thousands of different daylily cultivars. Traditionally, daylilies had been plants that bloomed once a year, in the spring or summer. They would remain dormant in the winter. In more recent times, ever-blooming cultivars have been developed. Ever-blooming types will bloom multiple times over the season instead of just once.

Daylilies are beautiful perennial. They are low maintenance and come in a wide variety of colors to add dimension to any garden or landscape. Check your local garden center to learn more about these gorgeous plants. Growing daylilies is a fun way to add some pizzazz to any landscape -- have fun with them!

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