The Q&A Archives: Day Lillies

Question: I have a bunch of Stella D'Oro daylillies in my yard or they were in my yard. While I was out of town 3 weeks ago my husband had a garage put in our backyard. In order to put it where he wanted to he had to dig up my day lillies. Well instead of replanting them, I found them in a large bucket which has been setting unwatered (except for rain) for the 3 weeks. My question is should I replant these now (the ground is still soft) or should I dry them out and replant in the spring? I have had these plants for 11 years and they have gotten quite large and beautiful.
Thank you,

Answer: Daylilies are quite tolerant of adverse conditions so I'd go ahead and plant them now rather than waiting until next spring. With any luck the roots haven't completely dried out and they'll rehydrate as soon as you get them back into the garden. By planting now, you'll give your plants an opportunity to re-establish and they'll be ready to grow in the spring as soon as the soil warms.

Best wishes with your daylilies - and with your new garage!

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