How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Daylilies (Hemerocallis)
Our daylilies are freshly harvested, choice, bareroot, double-fan divisions. Occasionally we ship large, single-fan divisions for very new varieties or for a variety that has low inventory. We ship weekly from late March through November, weather permitting.
Hardy in USDA Zones 3-10.
Our Daylilies are All Dormant Type Varieties
Daylilies have different winter dormancy habits; they are categorized as dormant, semi-evergreen, and evergreen. We grow only dormant varieties, they have foliage that will naturally stop growing and die back in the late fall; their buds for next year's growth will go dormant for the winter. Evergreen types have the possibility of growing during the warm weather periods that can occur in winter, then if the temperatures drop, that new growth can be damaged. Semi-evergreen types fall in-between. We field grow our Daylilies in southern Wisconsin to offer hardy, well-tested dormant varieties ready to thrive in a wide range of hardiness zones.
Upon Receipt of Your Daylilies
Soak the root divisions in water or in a weak solution of fertilizer for a few hours or overnight prior to planting.
Daylilies thrive in full sun to partial shade in any fertile garden soil. The better the soil and its preparation, the better performance one will receive. Soil should be prepared with deep cultivation, adding peat moss, compost, or leaf mold. Daylilies should be planted in a well-drained location and can be planted at any time when the ground is workable. Mulching is recommended in late fall.
After the soil is prepared, dig a hole slightly larger than the root mass. Mound soil in the center of the hole and place plant on the mound. Fill in the hole so that the crown is flush with the surrounding soil surface. Firm soil around roots. Thoroughly water. Daylilies love summer water. An inch a week would be ideal, though they will tolerate much less. Mulching is recommended.
In a group or border, daylilies should be spaced 18-24" apart. Planted alone, they make great specimen plants.
For best results and for abundant blossoms the following year, fertilizer should be applied about 3 weeks after the peak blooming period. A well-balanced fertilizer is best. Deadheading spent flowers will encourage more blooms.
Daylilies are among the easiest perennials to grow and can last a lifetime with occasional dividing and transplanting. Transplant at any time during the growing season. Spring or mid-fall are recommended for best results.
Daylilies are practically disease and pest-free. However, it may be necessary to watch for thrips, aphids, and spider mites. If foliage or buds appear damaged, with irregular color or shape, remove infected parts of the plant and dispose of them. You may need to spray if problems persist. Consult your garden store for up-to-date chemical recommendations.