The Best Time to Plant Day Lily Plants

To keep your daylilies looking great, fertilize in early spring. You should also deadhead them regularly to remove spent flowers. Deadheading also allows your daylilies to put their energy into producing seed pods. Deadheading also encourages more flowers to form and extend the flowering season. You should also remove any brown leaves or other damaged parts from the base of the plant. Once the blooms are finished, you can place the daylilies in your compost pile or discard them.

Plant daylilies from seed or buy them from a dealer. If your plants are starting to get crowded, division can revitalize their flowering. When daylilies flower, they produce a large number of flowers, known as “scapes.” These stems grow upward from the center of the plant and produce several dozen flowers. To divide your daylilies, simply shake the clumps and work the roots.

Although daylilies are tough and durable perennials, they can develop pests that can damage their flowers. Leaf streaks are a common cosmetic problem caused by a fungus called Aureobasidium microstictum. When infected, remove infected leaves from your daylilies and remove dead leaves every fall. Insecticidal soap is another way to get rid of aphids.

Midseason daylilies can range from mid-May on the coast to late June in the mountains. The extra-early blooming daylilies are often a few weeks before mid-season peak. The mid-season daylilies are about three to five weeks later than the mid-season bloom. The last daylilies bloom during late summer or early fall. If you want your daylilies to bloom throughout the season, try planting some rebloomers.

Aside from the early blooming daylilies, you can also try planting miniature types in your yard. The plants only grow 12 to 25 inches high, and have small flowers. They look wonderful in containers and are great for borders or direct planting. To make the most of your daylilies, combine them with other flowering shrubs or perennials. A butterfly bush will look beautiful among your daylilies. Soil conditions should be well-drained for the best results.

Double daylilies have more than six segments. The extra segments can be spotted in the center of the flower or as two blooms in one. The hose-in-hose effect can also be a feature of these beautiful flowers. Miniature daylilies are less than 3 inches across, while small ones are three inches across and large daylilies are four-and-a-half inches and up. The scapes of these plants vary in height, but all grow at the same time.

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