How to Plant Stella de Oro Seeds

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Gardeners new to growing daylilies may be saddened by the fact that each gorgeous flower lasts only one day. The sorrow, though, is as short-lived as a daylily bloom when she discovers there is always a new flower, or bunches of new flowers, to replace those that have died. Stella de Oro, introduced in 1975, is a mini daylily with yellow flowers that measure slightly less than 3 inches long. Stella seeds, readily available from gardening catalogs and online retailers, germinate within two months of being planted.

Difficulty: Easy


Things You’ll Need:

  • Sand
  • Plastic sandwich bag
  • Square plastic nursery pot, 4 1/2 inch by 4 1/2 inch
  • Perlite
  • Peat moss
  • Grow lights (optional)
  • Plant misting bottle
  1. Place a handful of moist sand into a plastic sandwich bag. Push the Stella de Oro seeds into the sand until they are completely covered. Close the bag and place it in the refrigerator for six weeks.

  2. Combine equal parts of perlite, peat moss and sand in a container. Pour water over it and stir until the mixture is combined and uniformly moist. Pour it into a planting pot, to within 1/4 inch of the rim.

  3. Set the seeds on the surface of the soil. According to the book "The Daylily Place," you should be able to plant 16 seeds in the pot if they are placed close together. Cover the seeds with a 1-inch layer of sand or peat moss and spritz it with water from the plant misting bottle.

  4. Set the potted seeds in a sunny area or place 6 inches under grow lights for 15 hours a day.

  5. Keep the soil moist by spraying it with the misting bottle. Don’t allow the soil to either dry out or become overly soggy. Your Stella de Oro seeds will sprout within eight weeks.

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