Daylilies forum: When to divide in zone 6

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Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
Jun 29, 2015 5:31 PM CST
A friend has asked for a start of my day lilies.
When is the best time to divide them in zone 6 and how do I do it?
I've had these for 3 years. Thanks for any advice
Margaret
Name: Gale
CentralWa (Zone 6a)
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GDJCB
Jun 29, 2015 6:00 PM CST
I have about 20 clumps that need dividing, so I am interested in any help as well.

Thanks,
Gale
Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Jun 29, 2015 7:15 PM CST
Margaret and Gale - I don't know when the best time is for you to divide for your zone 6, but as far as dividing ...

I use a garden fork (like a pitch fork) to lift the daylilies out of the ground. A garden fork prevents a lot of cut off root damage that a shovel would probably cause. I just push the garden fork in about 6-8 inches out from the base of the plant circling the plant and lifting. Eventually, you'll have loosened the roots enough to lift the plant out of the ground. Then I, personally, gently use my hands to separate the fans, but some times you really have to tug to pull them apart. Other folks I know just cut through the clump with a shovel. I hate wasting (damaging) fans, so that is why I use my hands to pull them apart. I have also heard of using TWO garden forks back-to-back to separate them.

Char wrote an article about dividing them: http://garden.org/ideas/view/Char/1544/Dividing-Daylilies-Ov...

Her photos are excellent and the article should be very helpful to both of you!
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Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
Jun 29, 2015 8:00 PM CST
Thank you so much Becky.
The article told when would be a good time to do it as well.
8 weeks before the ground freezes in fall.or when actively growing in spring.
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Jun 29, 2015 9:19 PM CST
You are welcome! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Jun 30, 2015 7:58 AM CST
I would like to stress that washing all the soil off the plants with a strong force of water will really make dividing individual plants much easier. But, one added benefit is that if you wash the plants roots off really well, you can remove any nut grass, or other weeds that normally tag along with transplanted daylilies. Even then unless you are lucky, it is easy to send along aggressive weeds. I moved many daylilies from my parents yard and as careful as I was, still managed to import some mugwort. Thankfully, it was a bare minimal amount and it was never able to get a good start, once it does it is nearly impossible to get rid of.
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Claudia
Jun 30, 2015 8:14 AM CST
I always divide in the spring or any time after they have bloomed. I am zone 5b and would do it no later than first of September. Some daylilies are very easy to separate, others get very tightly knotted together.
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Hemlady
Jun 30, 2015 9:40 AM CST
Same here, I divide in spring and after bloom, and same with moving daylilies. I rarely move them in the hot summer, although they are hardy and probably would be ok, I just don't like to disturb them during bloom season.
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