Every July and August the previous owners were famous for their annual daylily sale. To be honest, a year ago I would not be able to tell you what a daylily was. I am so glad I know now, because they are absolutely gorgeous.
We decided we would sell some this year, so I am learning a lot very quickly. Keep reading to find the answers to some FAQ about daylilies.
FAQs on Daylilies - Source: American Daylily Society
Q: Why are daylilies so popular?
A: Daylilies are very hearty. They are able to survive with very little care and in a wide range of climates. They are drought tolerant and adaptable to various soil and light conditions. Plus, they are available in so many colors and varieties of shapes and sizes.
Q: Where is the best place to plant daylilies?
A: Most daylilies do best in full sun, but the red and purple can benefit from partial shade in the hottest part of the day. They do not withstand the sun as well as the lighter colors. Ideally the soil you plant them in can hold sufficient moisture, yet is still well drained. Daylilies may not do well near or under trees that compete for moisture and nutrients.
Q: How do I plant daylilies?
A: Make sure your plants are clean and healthy before planting. Dig a hole at least 1 feet deep and larger than the root mass. Make a mount in the center of the hole and set the plant on top with the roots spread on all sides of the mound. Do not set the crown more than 1 inch below the surface of the soil. The crown is where the foliage and the roots join. Work the soil around and between the roots as you cover the plant. Firm the soil and water well. Make sure there are no air pockets. After the water has soaked in, finish filling in the soil and leave a slight depression around the plant. That way when you water in the future, the water will not run off away from the plant. Make sure to space daylilies at least 18-24 inches apart from each other on each side.
Q: How do you care for daylilies?
A: Water, supplied in sufficient amounts, almost certainly increases the number and size of daylily blooms. Watering is most important in spring when the plants are making scapes and buds, and in the summer during the bloom season. Daylilies benefit more from deep watering, which reaches 8 to 10 inches into the soil, than from a succession of brief, surface waterings. Overhead watering and watering in the evening can cause spots on the next day's blooms. Be careful not to over water. Mulching improves the soil and helps retain moisture. Remove the day's blooms either at the end of the day or the beginning of each day. Remove dead, damaged or diseased foliage in spring and during growing season. Once all the flowers have bloomed, you can clip off the scape within a few inches of the ground. The scape is the leafless stalk which bears the flowers.
For more information visit https://daylilies.org/daylilies/faq/