Daylilies are "easy care" perennials, and don't require a lot of pampering. If you follow a few simple guidelines, your plants will bloom beautifully.
Daylilies can be grown in pots, raised beds, or planted directly in the ground. I amend my soil with Evergreen top soil, mushroom compost, and coarse sand. When planting, make sure the crown is not more than an inch under the soil.
Make sure your plants get plenty of sun. Daylilies like full sun, about 6 hours is ideal. If your plants are not growing or not blooming, it may be because they need more light.
Watering is essential if you want the most blooms. I water about once a week, a really good deep soaking (if it doesn't rain). Daylilies love water so much, I have heard people say it is the best fertilizer for dayliles! I also add a 3" layer of mulch to retain moisture and prevent weeds.
Daylilies are pretty resilient when it comes to pests. I use lacewings and ladybugs from Gardens Alive to control aphids and other small sucking insects.
Did you know? Dayliles come in all shapes and sizes. There are over 80,000 registered cultivars in the American Hemerocallis Society Database. A wealth of infomation is available on the AHS website. If you would like to learn more about daylilies, visit the AHS Home Page or click here to find a daylily club near you!
Daylilies have been called America's Favorite Perennial, and they are most definitely my favorite! The scientific name "Hemerocallis" is derived from Greek words meaning "beauty" and "day". Each bloom only lasts one day, but with many blooms on each plant, and varieties that bloom at different times, daylilies can add beauty to your garden from Spring to Fall. For more information, check out the FAQ page on the American Hemerocallis Society website.
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Drawing by Cheryl Postlewait
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