Growing Daylilies (Hemerocallis)

Stella D Oro Day Lily

Stella dOro Daylilies

Daylilies (Hemerocallis) are herbaceous perennials, meaning that they do not develop a woody tissue, but rather they die back at the end of each growing season, over winter underground in a dormant state, and re-emerge each spring. Daylilies multiply at their crown where a second plant emerges, ultimately forming large clumps.


Daylilies are easy to grow and require little care. However, by following a few steps and providing your daylilies with optimal conditions, they will reward you by producing bigger and better blooms each season.



Sun, Soil & Water Requirements of Daylilies

Daylilies prefer full sun, although they will grow in part shade. A minimum of 4-6 hours of direct sunlight per day is usually recommended. Daylilies will usually survive in full shade, but often produce few or no flowers when planted in dense shade.


Daylilies perform best in loose soils that have quite a bit of aeration. Although daylilies are tolerant of a wide range of soil pH, they prefer neutral to slightly acidic soils. Adding organic matter, such as compost or manure to amend the soil is usually a good idea.


Daylilies will perform better with regular feeding. A balanced fertilizer, like 10-10-10, is usually sufficient for daylilies and will help to produce bigger plants with larger, more succulent blooms. Generally, an application of fertilizer in the spring and then another prior to blooming is recommended.


Daylilies prefer moist, well drained soil. They are drought resistant, but will perform much better when well watered (especially when blooming). Although they can also withstand flooding better than most plants, they do not do well with prolonged periods in standing water.

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