The Q&A Archives: Shriveled blue daylily bulbs

Question: I received a mail order of bulbs. All of the bulbs except the blue daylily appear healthy. The blue daylily are elongated, dry and shriveled. Is that normal for them?

Answer: Daylily roots are long, slender, and fibrous OR they may be enlarged into spindle-shaped tubers with additional roots at their bases. Roots absorb water and minerals for use by the plant, and serve as storehouses for food produced by the leaves. Sometimes the roots become dried out during shipping. If this happens, simply soak them in water for at least 15 minutes before planting to help rehydrate. Water plants thoroughly after planting, and continue to deep soak them at least weekly until established. Although daylilies are drought-tolerant once established, consistent watering while budding and flowering will produce better-quality flowers.

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