How to Divide and Transplant Daylilies

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Daylilies are easy to care for perennials. They are available in a large variety of sizes and colors. Daylilies spread quickly and should be divided and replanted every two to three years for optimal performance in the garden.

Difficulty:
Easy

Instructions

Things You’ll Need
  • Shovel
  • Tool to pry plants apart
    1. Daylilies should be separated in the fall to allow for optimal growth and prolific blooms come spring. Extra plants may be added to your garden or shared with friends. Divide plants every two to three years, or when flowering slows.

    2. Cut foliage down to half before digging. This will make your plants more manageable and allow you to see where it needs separated.
    3. Dig under the daylily and lift out of the ground in one big clump. Gently wash off as much soil as possible.
    4. Find where the new growth is connected to the crown of the plant. Gently pry them apart with a sharp tool such as a screwdriver. For new growth that is not connected to the crown, simply pull apart with your hands. Try to preserve as much of the root system as possible.

    5. Replant divisions at least 10 to 12 inches apart in a sunny area. Dig a hole big enough to spread the roots. Fill with just enough soil to cover the crown. Water to help the soil settle around the fresh plants.

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