The Q&A Archives: Day Lilies

Question: I recently planted two bunches of day lilies. They bloomed for a couple of days, but now the flowering part is dead, but the greens are still green. All the other day lilies I've seen around are still blooming beautifully. Is something wrong with mine?

Answer: Daylilies usually bloom for a week or two with each bloom lasting only a day, so for extended bloom you need to plant several varieties or possibly a rebloomer which will bloom cyclically a few times during the summer. For longest display, the plants need to be well watered so that the soil stays evenly moist but not sopping wet. Rebloomers also need a rich soil. With new plants, the shock of transplanting and going through the retail process can reduce their bloom period; often they are set out for sale while in full bloom so this means they are nearly finished by the time you bring them home. Look for a longer display next summer!

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