How to Grow Daylily (Hemerocallis)

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Daylilies come in all shades of yellow, orange and red. They have strappy leaves, and many kinds continue to bloom all summer long.

Difficulty:
Easy

Instructions

Things You’ll Need
  • Bypass Pruners
  • Compost Makers
  • Fertilizers
  • Mulch
  • Plants

Choosing Daylily

  1. Look for plants at nurseries in spring through fall.
  2. Buy daylilies in 6-inch to 1-gallon containers.
  3. Choose healthy-looking plants with signs of new growth in leaf and flower bud.

Planting Daylily

  1. Plant daylilies in full sun and well-drained soil.
  2. Add a light application of organic fertilizer to the planting hole.
  3. Place the plants no deeper than they were growing in the containers.
  4. Set the plants 1 foot apart.

  5. Mulch around but not on top of the plants with 3 inches of organic compost.

  6. Water well until soil is completely moist.

Caring for Daylily

  1. Remove old foliage in spring using bypass pruners to cut off the old stems.
  2. Apply a light application of organic fertilizer on top of the soil; follow package directions.
  3. Mulch around but not on top of the plants with 3 inches of organic compost in spring.
  4. Water weekly until soil is completely moist in summers with no rainfall.

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