Daylilies have become a hugely popular plant option amongst each and all seasoned, novice and professional gardeners, as they are all attractive and easy to care for. The ease of maintenance that you get to enjoy is a huge bonus, particularly if you do not have much time to invest in gardening and plant care. While these plants do not require a huge amount of attention, it is important to know the basics of all daylily care and maintenance in order to make the most of them.
How to care for your daylilies after planting
Daylilies are best planted either in spring or during the autumn. You should plant them between one and three feet apart and make sure you prepare the soil properly. If your soil is clay or sandy, make sure you add organic matter in the hole that you dig for planting. You should also make sure that your plants are able to get at least six hours of sun per day – preferably the less harsh morning sun. Take this into consideration when planting.
You also need to consider the regular care and maintenance of your daylilies. Some of the steps you should take to care and maintain them include:
Each spring, add a thin layer of compost and follow this with a two inch layer of mulch. This will help with moisture retention as well as assisting with weed control.
Do not fertilise excessively, as this could have a negative impact when it comes to the production of flowers.
If rainfall during the summer is less than one inch per week, make sure you hydrate the plants with regular watering. Remove nearby weeds to ensure that your plants are not deprived of moisture.
Every 3 to 5 or so years, divide the plants in order to address overcrowding issues and replant with 12-36 inches between them in all directions.
With the right care and attention, you can ensure that your daylilies provide a beautiful and colourful addition to your garden.
Pictured is – Daylily Russian Ragtime (Salter, 2002) – Lavender with darker burgundy eye and edge above a yellow green throat. (Mask of Eternity × Barbarian Princess).