Planting tips for daylilies
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Plant your daylilies as soon as possible. If they can’t be planted immediately, heel them in temporarily in a corner of the garden.
What aspect ?
Any aspect, sun or semi-shade, but avoid heavy shade. Daylilies need at least 4 or 5 hours of sun per day. Varieties with dark coloured flowers grow particularly well in semi-shade, those with pale coloured flowers prefer full sun.
What soil ?
Any soil, even damp, as long as it is permeable. Break the soil up well before planting and incorporate composted manure or an organic fertilizer.
What planting distance ?
70cm – 100 cm (30 inches to 39 inches)
What planting period ?
From September to the end of April. The first year after planting the plants will only produce a limited number of flowers, however the second year they will flower much more heavily.
How to plant ?
Dig a hole and create cone of fine earth at the bottom. Place the plant on this cone, spread the roots carefully around. The collar of the plant should be 2 to 4 cm (1 to 2 inches) below the surface of the soil. Fill in and firm the soil gently. Water thoroughly after planting to ensure there are no air gaps around the roots.
How much water?
Although daylilies stand up well to dry periods, more frequent watering is advisable after planting, or transplanting. Equally during the flowering period, thorough watering will maintain the quality and quantity of the flowers.
What fertilizer ?
Fertilizer is only needed on poor soil or for mature clumps. Use a low nitrogen fertilizer in the spring, as soon as the leaves start to grow, and rake into the soil.
General care and propagation
In the spring leave the dried leaves on the clumps until after the last frosts. Keep the soil weed free. Division to rejuvinate the clumps can be carried out every 4-5 years, preferably in the autumn.
How to use daylilies ?
Tough, frost hardy and undemanding, easy to grow and producing abundant flowers, hybrid daylilies are a particularly interesting group of plants growing well even in difficult conditions (poor, dry soil, low light levels). They fit naturally into any garden setting, creating borders that flower all summer. They also associate well with those plants which prefer damper conditions.
They make very good cut flowers and look wonderful in a large vase. Their flower buds are edible.