The Q&A Archives: No blooms at all for Daylily

Question: I have what we presume is a daylily plant ( it certainly looks and behaves like one, at any rate) which we found in the woods near the foundation of a great-great grandparents farm. The property had been abandoned in the 50s and given over to parkland; the lilies survived the trip from NH to my home and once placed in a sunny spot grew nicely---but never bloomed. This year it is cheerily up again, bigger than before. Is there anything I should do (or not do) to help it bloom? I didn't fertilize it last year at all. If it isn't a daylily, what _is_ it? I have a "domesticated" daylily growing nearby and you can't tell them apart, but I'm open to discovering that I have rescued a weed!

Answer: "If it looks like a duck and acts like a duck.... " Daylilies are very hardy and resiliant plants, so I would expect it to bloom a year after transplanting. It is possible that it had been stressed by the move, by last year's drought and perhaps low fertility, or even that it had bloomed very early in the season before you moved it. (Some varieties bloom in late spring!) Although touted as tough and easy care plants, daylilies do appreciate a rich soil and plenty of moisture for peak performance; they also benefit from a few inches of organic mulch and an application of balanced fertilizer and/or compost early in the spring. Enjoy your mystery plant!

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