According to the American Hemerocallis Society, the daylily (genus Hemerocallis) is referred to as the "perfect perennial" because of the variety of available colors, their ability to survive with little care and the plant’s extended bloom time–from late spring through fall. If you already have daylilies, you can propagate your favorite varieties from seeds. It’s easy, inexpensive and rewarding to watch your lilies grow from seed to full bloom.
- Moderately Easy
Things You’ll Need
- Mature daylilies
- Zippered storage bag
- 3 to 4 tsp. water
- Peat moss
- Small pot
- Soil-less or sterile planting mix
- Collect the daylily seeds from the mature seed pod. A seed pod forms on the stem after a flower has bloomed and the petals have fallen away. When the pod is brown and dried it is "mature."
- Put the seeds in a zippered plastic storage bag. Add 3 to 4 tsp. of water and a little peat moss.
- Refrigerate the seeds for at least three weeks.
- Check the seeds often and plant any seeds that begin to sprouting.
- Plant the seeds in a small pot of soil-less or sterile mix. Keep them in temperatures of 70 to 75 degrees F.
- Once the lilies have sprouted, transplant the seedlings into your garden. Only do this if there is no threat of frost. If frost is still likely, keep them indoors until warmer weather.
Tips & Warnings
Keep in mind it can take up to three years for daylilies to mature enough to bloom.