What are the best growing conditions for daylilies?
Daylilies flower best when planted in full sun (6 hours/day), on moist, yet well-drained soil. In hot climates, dark-colored cultivars should receive some afternoon shade to help them retain their flower color. When planted in the correct location, daylilies will flower for years with little care.
Do daylilies bloom the first year you plant them?
During their first growing season, daylilies should be watered during dry weather. Like most perennials, it takes daylilies a year or two to get established and hit their stride. Once they do, they’ll bloom reliably for many years.
Do daylilies spread on their own?
Daylilies quickly spread into larger clumps, and eventually they become so crowded that they do not bloom as well. You may want to divide your daylilies every few years, particularly if you notice fewer blooms. Plant the divided pieces in soil amended with compost, just as you would plant a potted daylily.
Can daylilies grow in pots?
Daylilies are well suited to container life, as long as they have enough room to grow. The smaller the variety (and there are some small ones out there), the better they will be able to grow in a pot. As a rule, you shouldn’t plant full sized daylilies in anything smaller than a gallon container.
What month do daylilies bloom?
June is peak bloom season for daylilies. Here you’ll see blossoms in myriad colors on stems ranging from 1 to 5 feet tall. Individual flowers last but a day, but plants typically open successive blooms over four to five weeks.
What’s the difference between lilies and daylilies?
While there are several differences between the two flowers, all you really need to look for is the growth habit of the stems and leaves. Multi-stems with strapping leaves coming from the base of the plant is always a daylily. A single stem with leaves whirling about it is always a true lily.
Can daylilies grow under trees?
Daylilies also like well-drained, rich, slightly acidic soil, so stick to plants that like the same. Avoid planting daylilies under trees, as the shade will stunt their growth and the tree roots will get in the way of the lilies’ own extensive root system.
Do daylilies like a lot of water?
Daylilies love water during the growing season and prefer about an inch of water per week. In many areas, regular rainfall will supply much of that amount. In areas where rainfall is less consistent, supplemental watering will benefit your daylilies enormously.