Daylilies are practically carefree flowers that will repay you many times over for your initial purchase and planting. Daylilies are proficient bloomers, disease resistant, spread out into large families and require little more than a yearly feeding.
You can plant daylilies in almost any soil type and rarely are daylilies bothered by insects or diseases. The wide variety of daylily colors and mature heights make them an ideal addition to any flower garden or landscape. Daylilies will bloom from early spring until late fall, producing new blooms every morning.
Daylilies grow from bulbs, which can be planted any time of the year except the middle of winter. If you do plant or transplant daylily bulbs in the late fall, mulch the daylily bulbs heavily to prevent the bulbs from heaving out of the soil during the winter.
When planting daylilies, bear in mind that they do spread out into large families and will need the flower bulbs divided every few years. If you plan to divide the daylily bulbs every 3-5 years, you can plant daylilies 18 inches apart. If you want a longer time before the daylilies will need to be dug up and divided, space the daylily bulbs about 30 inches apart when planting.
If you are transplanting daylilies (not daylily bulbs, but plants) dig a hole large enough to accommodate all the plant’s roots. Spread the roots out in the bottom of the hole, cover with soil to one inch above where the plant roots and leaves meet. Gently tap down the soil and water thoroughly.
Loose, well drained soil is favored by daylilies, as by any other flower, but daylilies will thrive in soil that would choke other flowers. When planting daylily bulbs, it’s still a good idea to amend the soil will a little compost.
Daylilies are sun loving flowers, but they will bloom and do well in partial shade, as long as they receive direct sun for a few hours each day. If daylilies are planted in partial shade, their blooms will face towards the sun.
Daylilies only need to be fed once a year in the spring. Use a side dressing of compost, well-rotted manure or a commercial 5-10-10 fertilize. You can also feed the daylilies again in the fall when the plants have finished blooming to give the daylily bulbs a jump start for next spring.
Daylilies do like a lot of water throughout their blooming season, so you will need to water them during times of drought. Mulch daylilies well to retain soil moisture and prevent weed growth.