Daylilies (Hemerocallis spp.) with their green stappy leaves are known to be a tough plant in the garden and great for the beginner gardener as it does require minimal care. Daylilies, are not only easy to grow, they produce a mass amount of flowers in spring, summer and autumn, only appearing for a day each. Flowers come in a variety of warm colours such as orange, yellow, pink, maroon and red.


How to grow Daylilies in a garden

  1. Choose a position in full sun with well drained soil.
  2. Enrich the soil with Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed.
  3. When planting potted plants:
    dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots.
    When planting rhizomes:
    place rhizome directly where the plant is to grow at a depth of about 10 cm, spacing 30cm apart.
  4. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most. Water in well. 
  5. Mulch with an organic mulch like woodchip or pea straw, keeping it away from the base of the plant.
  6. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  7. During the growing and flowering season feed with Yates Thrive Rose & Flower Granular Plant Food. TIP: for an added boost apply Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food
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How to grow Daylilies in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 250mm wide with adequate drainage holes.
  2. Choose a position in full sun. 
  3. Fill pot with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix.
  4. When planting potted plants:
    dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots.
    When planting rhizomes:
    place rhizome directly where the plant is to grow at a depth of about 10 cm, spacing 30cm apart.
  5. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down.
  6. Water in well.
  7. Keep mix moderately moist at all times.
  8. During the growing and flowering season, apply Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. Throughout the year apply Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate.
 

Growing tips

  • If your soil has issues with retaining moisture mix in some Yates Waterwise Water Storage Crystals into the soil prior to planting.

  • Remove spent flower heads prior to seeds setting. Once the seeds set, it can reduce the plants energy and flowering for the next season.

  • Some varieties are evergreen, whilst others are herbaceous - so don’t be too alarmed if your plant dies off over winter. It is best to check the plants labels when you purchase them so you know what to expect in the cooler months.

  • Daylilies are edible and are often sold in Chinese markets. The blooms are picked at bud stage and used in stir fries or soups for their nutty flavour.

  • In early spring you can divide the clumps of rhizomes by cutting back the leaves and replanting the rooted divided sections into an enriched soil. Plant no deeper than 10cm and prepare to be patient, as it can take up to a couple of years for the flowers to appear.
 

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