Why won't my daylilies grow? - Knowledgebase Question

Wheeling, Il
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Question by whwhlng
July 6, 2010
Starting a garden in full sun from noon on. Planted different types of daylilies, hemerocallis (purple de oro, little wine cup, orange, yellow, some medium, some tall height, though none have grown tall). If I get a flower, it dries up or disappears by the next day, or stem dries up and turns color. What can I do?

Answer from NGA
July 6, 2010
Daylily flowers only last a day but the flowering stem usually opens another flower the following day. When all the flowers on the stem are spent, prune the stem down and a new flowering stem will appear. If you've just recently planted everything, the young plants will need some time to develop a large root system so they'll have plenty of energy to produce lots of blooms. You can help them out by fertilizing the plants or spreading a few inches of compost over the soil between the flowers. This will help slow water evaporation and keep the soil moist, which will keep the stems and leaves from turning brown. Good luck with your plants!

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