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Daylily, an exceptional perennial


Daylily is also called hemerocallis. Its magnificent flowers only last a very short time.
Main Daylily facts

Name – Hemerocallis
Family – Liliaceae (lily family)
Type – perennial

Height – 20 to 40 inches (50 to 100 cm)
Exposure – full sun, part sun
Soil – ordinary, rather clayish

Foliage: evergreen  –  Flowering: June to September

Both in pots and directly in the ground, it requires a little care to make the blooming more expansive.

How to plant and repot a daylily

This flower loves partly shaded growing beds, and, if it doesn’t get too hat, sunny exposure.

Whether in a pot or in the ground, prefer light sun and make sure the spot doesn’t get too much wind.

Planting daylily in the open:

It is recommended to plant daylily in fall even though you can plant all the way up to spring if you avoid frost spells.

Though not technically a bulb flower, you can follow the same exact planting steps as you would when planting bulbs.

Potted daylily:

Repotting in spring will let the plant develop well.

Select flower plant soil mix for this.

Daylily propagation:

To keep your daylilies as long as possible, proceed to divide the crown after the blooming. The rhizomes will sprout new leaves and flowers that are identical to the mother plant.

Seeds, which appear on most varieties, will inherit some of the mother plant’s traits, but it’s a bit unpredictable due to cross-pollination.

Pruning and caring for daylily

Daylily is a plant that requires very little work, not to say none. It is very easygoing and propagates on its own as years go by.

Although the following aren’t compulsory, here is how you can make the blooming even more amazing.

  • Eliminate stems with wilted flowers regularly.
  • Cut back to the shortest at the end of fall.
  • In case of winter that is colder than usual, you might wish to protect the base of the plant with dead leaf mulch.

Learn more about the daylily

Daylily flowerThis perennial, native to Asia, is also called Hemerocallis and its blooming is very cute but lasts for only 24h.

It has the advantage of bearing evergreen leaves and boasting very beautiful flowers that appear in ranges of red, orange and yellow.

In a flower bed or as a cut flower in a vase, it is extremely striking.

Smart tip about daylily

Upon planting, feel free to enrich the soil with soil mix and even manure and seaweed compost.

Images: depositphotos: kazakovmaksim; own work: Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois
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