Daylilies are some of the hardiest lilies I’ve ever grown. I have both yellow and orange daylilies in my front yard and they spread like crazy! I’ve you’ve never grown them; I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how easy they are to grow. Here are 5 tips on growing daylily’s for you to use with your new or existing plants.
5. Be on the Lookout for Daylily Rust
At least 30 states have suddenly seen this disease in numerous flower gardens. While seen elsewhere in the world, this is relatively new to the US. Rust is identified by small growths that appear on the leaves. These growths are capsules that give off a rusty substance when touched with your hand. Daconil is just one of the types of fungicides that work well to kill Daylily Rust.
4. Extend Bloom Time with a Shady Location
Daylilies only need a couple of hours of direct sunlight each day in order to thrive. If they are planted in a location that has shade as well as this minimum amount of sunlight, they will bloom for a longer period of time. Sometimes up to three weeks of bloom time is gained with this planting method.
3. Water Regularly after the First Month
Daylilies are one of the few plants that don’t need to be doused constantly with water right after they have been planted. These lilies send out tons of feeder roots as soon as they are set in the ground. This process goes on for the first month. After the first month, they do need to be watered on a regular basis.
2. Mulch Benefits Daylilies in Many Ways
Adding mulch to the soil around your daylilies will help control weed growth as well as maintain moisture content in the soil. If you’ve added compost or manure to the soil around your daylilies, then the mulch will help to keep this in place when it rains.
1. Divide Plants Every 3 to 5 Years
If you live in warmer climates, it’s best to divide lily clumps in the fall. In areas that are more northern, it’s better to divide lilies in the spring so they have the warmer weather to recoup. I’ve transplanted lilies directly from one location to another without difficulty, but it is recommended to let the clumps set overnight to allow any cuts made when separating the root clumps heal.
Daylilies spread easily all on their own and will multiply very quickly. I’ve found them to be an easy lily to contain in a raised flower bed, but they do fill these enclosed areas in no time. Do you find these 5 tips listed above to be useful ones for you?
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