The Q&A Archives: old daylily root planting in August

Question: I recently found old daylily rootstock on sale, and perhaps unwisely, invested because I love daylilies and bargans. Now with a few remaining hot July and potentially hotter August days to work with, I'm wondering how to plant these sun lovers without killing them. (I've successfully divided and planted potted versions before, but never worked with only roots.) What should/shouldn't I do?

Answer: I'd plant the roots now and see if foliage develops. There are both evergreen and deciduous types of daylilies; yours may well be either, but either will need to produce foliage to replenish the roots with energy. Go ahead and plant the roots now. Keep them well watered and wait for signs of life. If they sprout foliage, you may very well have gotten a bargain. If not, it was worth the try!

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