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Question: I dug about 20 roadside daylilies yestarday that are in full bloom to plant at my house alongside a driveway. Should I cut them back now? Any tips for transplanting.


Answer: Mid-summer isn't the best time to dig and transplant daylilies so expect them to wilt and look pathetic for a while. If the roots are healthy, they should recover from the shock. I'd plant them right away in a prepared bed (dig to loosen the soil and add organic matter to help it drain well). Plant them at the same soil level as they were growing before and water them in well after planting. Don't cut them back. They'll need the leaves for photosynthesis. Wait until the leaves wither away on their own and then cut them from the plants. Best wishes with your new plants!

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