Daylilies are an extremely popular perennial; becoming even more so due to the enthusiasm of amateur and professional hybridizers alike. There is now such a wide range of colour, size and form, which can easily satisfy nearly all preferences. They are versatile and have the reputation of being low maintenance which further enhances their popularity.
They are extremely hardy and thrive in some of the most inhospitable of sites. From their origins in eastern Asia and the early transfer into Europe and then North America, most of the modern day varieties continue to adapt to the differing climates around the globe. Wherever a person wishes to grow daylilies there is always a number of suppliers and hybridizers raising plants in a similar environment.
Whilst acknowledging the above , they do respond to a small measure of care and attention. They will then flourish to maturity and produce an ever increasing display of flowers from year to year.
- Best to plant soon after receipt, if purchasing via mail order
- A planting hole, previously dug, to a depth of up to eighteen inches, the bottom soil of the hole loosened with a fork
- Provide a mound of earth in the middle of the planting hole to almost the planting hole height and firm lightly so that it doesn’t sink when the area is finally watered
- Place the crown and root mass on the top of the mound and allow to drape around and down
- Back fill the hole taking care that the soil covers the plant to about 1” above the crown
- Firm the soil but take care not to press too hard so as not to damage any roots
- Make a shallow ditch to the outer edges of the planting hole and then water well; the water should pool within the planting area and not run to other ground
- Finally place a marker or label to identify the plant, especially if it a dormant variety
- Stand back and admire your skill!
Longer term care
- A liquid or granular feed (proportion as per manufacturer’s instructions) is sufficient, usually, once a year. Too much feeding can give rise to super leaf growth but little else
- Mulch in spring to help suppress weeds. The mulch will also help to feed the plant as it decomposes
- Tidy up frost or wind damaged leaf growth as this will fall and allow a splendid hiding place for unwelcome visitors, e.g. le slug
- Dead head if preferred for a better appearance
- Stand back and admire the fruits of your labour!