Basic Guide to the Culture of Daylilies

The Perfect Perennal






WHAT IS A DAYLILY? Its botanical name is HEMEROCALLIS, derived from two Greek words meaning "beauty" and "day" Individual blooms are generally open for only a day, but there are successive flowers for a number of days during the blooming season. The daylily is a fibrous-rooted, hardy, herbaceous perennial. Roots are finger-like in appearance, varying in size from tiny and threadlike to large, rounded, fleshy. There is a crown at the junction where the roots and the leaves join. The foliage is narrow and long, and grows more or less in the shape of a fan. 

WHERE TO PLANT:Most daylilies bloom best in full sun. They will tolerate part shade conditions, but require a minimum of six hours of direct sun per day. Many red and purple varieties benefit from partial shade in the hottest part of the day since dark colors absorb heat and do not withstand the sun as well as lighter colors. Pink daylilies need to be planted in full sun to obtain their beautiful coloring. Any good garden soil is appropriate for growing daylilies. Humus or peat moss and sant should be added to heavy clay soil. Compost must be incorporated into sandy soil to lessen its porousness and to increase water retention. Daylilies should be planted in well drained soil. On method of achievinng adequate drainage in problem areas is to prepare raised beds, 3-6 inches above ground level. Daylilies do not grow well near broad leafed trees, such as oaks, since the tree robs the soils of moisture and nutrients. Daylilies do perform admirably near and under pine trees. The daylilies benefit from the dappled shade offered by the pines and are not denied proper moisture and nutrients, since the pine root system is deep in the soil.
 
WHEN TO PLANT: Anytime is the best time to plant daylilies, provided you get them in the ground 6-8 weeks before severe freezes. You are responsible to know your zone information and growing conditions before ordering.


PLEASE NOTE THAT PLANTS SHIPPED OUT IN THE FALL MAY BE SMALLER THAN THOSE SHIPPED IN THE SPRING!  THE ROOTS ARE WHAT IS IMPORTANT!!

 I always look in the mirror and say I'm sure not 20 in the spring of my life, but 50 is looking pretty good for the fall of my life.....