Seasonal Care of Daylilies

  • With your bloom finished, itís time to prepare your daylilies for the winter to come. 

    • Finish dividing and planting all cultivars. All daylilies should be planted no later than four to six weeks before your typical first hard frost. 
    • Remove all dead and dying foliage and pull old bloom stalks. Leave the healthy foliage for winter protection. 
    • Add mulch in colder climates to protect against winter freeze damage. Mulch in warmer climates if needing to improve soil quality, retain soil moisture, or assist in weed prevention.
  • Bloom is around the corner! 

    • Remove excess winter mulch upon the first signs of spring growth. 
    • Ensure a spectacular display of color by applying a well balanced (10-10-10) fertilizer to your daylilies at the first signs of growth as well. 
    • Remove weeds as needed. 
    • Begin watering as needed, remembering to give your daylilies a deep, rather than shallow, watering. 
    • Monitor plants for unwanted pests, like snails and slugs. 
    • Plant, dig, and divide daylilies as needed. 
    • Apply a well-balanced fertilizer to freshly planted daylilies.

    Ben Schreiner shows us how to divide and plant daylilies:

  • Bloom is here! Enjoy the fruits of your labor! 

    • Continue to apply ample water. Do your best to water in mornings, rather than the heat of the day, and take care not to broadcast your water over the foliage. Broadcasting water can lead to wilted blossoms. 
    • Remove weeds as needed. 
    • Continue to monitor for unwanted pests. 
    • Plant, dig, and divide daylilies as needed. 
    • Apply a well-balanced fertilizer to freshly planted daylilies.

    Ben Schreiner shows up how to divide and plant daylilies:

  • With your daylilies resting, closely monitor grass and weed growth through the winter months. Removing weeds early, prior to their full root growth, will lighten your spring garden workload.

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