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Care Instructions for Daylilies

Planting Daylilies

Botanical name: Hemerocallis
  • Full sun to partial shade.
  • Bloom Time–Early to late summer.
  • Mature Height–Foliage: 12-20". Flower stems: 20-42" (depending on variety).
  • Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9

Planting
Plant 18-24" apart. Dig a hole twice as wide and twice as deep as the bareroot division. Spread the roots of the plant out and cover with soil so that no more than 1" of soil covers the crown (where the root meets the stem). Firm soil around roots to prevent air pockets and water thoroughly.

Soil Preparation

Although daylilies do well in average soil, for optimum results you can improve your soil as follows:

  • Spade or rototill the soil to a depth of 12-15".
  • Mix in a generous 2-4" layer of dehydrated manure, garden compost or peat moss and Spring Hill’s Advanced Formula Plant Food. Mix these in thoroughly. (If soil is already rich in garden loam and well drained, the addition of Spring Hill’s Advanced Formula Plant Food will provide the ideal conditions recommended by Spring Hill’s nursery professionals for superior growth and blooming.)

Continuing Care
Daylilies require at least 1” of rain (or equivalent watering) each week. A 2-4 inch layer of mulch will help conserve moisture and keep weeding to a minimum. Each spring, apply a surface dressing of Spring Hill’s Advanced Formula Plant Food to your plants, scratch into soil and water thoroughly.

Daylilies will multiply over the years. Every 4-6 years you can divide your daylilies and replant them to make more beds or to share with friends. Spring or early fall is the best time to divide and replant.

In late fall, after the frost has caused the foliage of your daylilies to start dying down to the ground, you may apply a 2-4” layer of mulch to protect the roots in areas where the ground tends to heave due to alternate freezing and thawing. Remove winter mulch in spring before new growth emerges, being careful not to damage young growth.