Planting and Care Instructions
PLANTING & CARE INSTRUCTIONS
BEFORE YOU START:
Pick out your location, as Daylilies like to be planted in full sun or partial shade. They should receive at least a full half days worth of sun. They should be planted away from hedges and tree roots as these can rob the Daylily of valuable nutrients. On the other hand, Pine trees have a deep root system and the plants seem to benefit from their slight shade. Make sure there will be access to water, as Daylilies need WATER above for optimal growth. The ground should be sufficiently soaked at the end of a good watering. This will aid in bloom performance. A good fertilizer should be applied periodically as feeding is only second to their need for water.
Oak leaves, peat, cow manure and compost are good organic materials to be added to your soil in order to create a loose, loamy planting substance. Good growth is generated by a slightly acidic soil. Pine straw and oak leaves make excellent mulch, which will also decompose and enrich the soil. It also conserves moisture and helps to keep the roots cool in the summer.
Loosen prepared soil to a depth of at least 12". Your Daylilies should be placed 18" to 24" apart.
Make a hole and construct a small mound in the center of it. Place plant on top of mound just 1/2" below the soil level. Spread the roots over the mound and down. Cover so the roots are just below the soil and apply mulch. Make sure that the crown is at ground level. Do not to plant your Daylily TOO deep. Water newly planted Daylilies and keep moist until the plants are established.
A good fertilizer with trace elements should be used at least 3-4 times a year. Follow the directions on the container that is appropriate for your area. It usually calls for 2 pounds per 100 square feet of growing area. Some use a liquid such as Miracle Grow or Peters every 7 to 10 days starting in March or April through June. Please follow the manufacturers directions for use.
As you know, Daylilies are a perennial and a very hardy plant. They come in all shapes and colors. And so many are very fragrant too! There are tetraploids, diploids, spiders, and minis...just to name a few. The only colors not available are pure white and blue. But, the hybridizers are working that on. They do well in many different garden settings as long as they are planted in a suitable location.Not only is your Daylily a very hardy plant is also a very beautiful one that will likely re-bloom under your good care.
If you have questions about planting your daylilies, please do not hesitate to use the form at the right.