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sedumzz
Feb 3, 2021 12:33 PM CST
Hi! Smiling

I recentally started looking at daylilies, and was wondering if any of you have any suggestions. Any tips/care info will help.


- Alex (Sedumzz)
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Name: Wendy
mid-Atlantic (Zone 6b)
robinjoy
Feb 3, 2021 12:40 PM CST
Hi Alex-
Welcome!

A great place to start for information is the national society - they have a great FAQ, lots of pictures and tips.
https://daylilies.org/
Name: Katy
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KatyLLL
Feb 3, 2021 2:05 PM CST
I was new last year. I have not had much luck with bagged plants. I know you can get them in bags or as separate roots. The kinds I have the best outcome with are those that are at garden shops in gallon pots. They may cost a bit more, but there are many "hands" (leaf sets) and roots instead of one, and they are generally well established in the pot so it is a matter of digging a big enough hole and putting the plant, roots, dirt and all in the hole. As for type, it is up to what you like the best. Some people like small purple, some like fat curly leaves, some like spider shaped. I like any and all but I want to get some in the yellow-green color variety. I try to get plants that look a bit different from plants I already have so I have a nice variety.
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Eagleriver
Feb 3, 2021 2:17 PM CST
They are fairly easy keepers- some do better in warm climates some in cooler. Tons of colors and patterns. You can buy potted or bare root from a reputable seller. I agree the bagged ones don't do as well And welcome
Name: Wendy
mid-Atlantic (Zone 6b)
robinjoy
Feb 3, 2021 3:33 PM CST
There are some great links on the Dayliies Forum main page.
Charlotte's Daylily Diary has links to lots of hybridizer sites where you can see their latest innovations.

Although you can lift a daylily plant from a pot and plop it directly in the ground, the plant may do better if you loosen the root structure a bit. (Plants you get from large garden centers, especially, may have the roots jammed into the pot.) The crown of the plant, from which the daylily fans grow, likes to sit (no more than an inch below the surface) on top of a "hill" of soil, with the roots spread out around it and the soil pressed in. Don't try to plant daylilies deeper than they were already growing.

Pots you purchase from dedicated daylily growers are less of a problem, although they can get rootbound after a while just like other plants.
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sedumzz
Feb 3, 2021 8:34 PM CST
Ok, thank you for the info on planting them. I will make sure they are on a small hill.
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sooby
Feb 4, 2021 6:59 AM CST
sedumzz said:Ok, thank you for the info on planting them. I will make sure they are on a small hill.


You probably got this but just in case, to clarify the hill is in a hole bigger than the root area that you then fill in so that the crown ends up a little below the soil surface. There's a picture in the American Hemerocallis Society's FAQ, scroll down to how to plant:

https://daylilies.org/daylilie...

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sedumzz
Feb 4, 2021 8:25 AM CST
Ok, thank you for the clarification.
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Diggerofdirt
Feb 5, 2021 5:39 PM CST
Welcome!
Every home needs a daylily, and every daylily needs a home.
Name: Roger & Karen
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Diggerofdirt
Feb 5, 2021 8:58 PM CST
After you plant make sure you seat them. I usually step all around the hole i placed them in. Kinda pack them down. They love sun and love water.
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blue23rose
Feb 11, 2021 7:18 PM CST
Welcome to the world of daylilies, Alex! A couple of things come to mind to pass along.

You are in AHS Region 3 and this link shows some gardens to visit or to buy daylilies in your region. Of course, there are lots of good sources to order online, but seeing those daylilies in person is awesome.. If you are interested, there are also some clubs in your region that you can join.
https://daylilies.org/society/...

Plant each cultivar at least two feet apart from another cultivar (some folks plant even further apart) and just don't plant them too deep. I think a few of mine died from being planted too deep and them they got crown rot. They only need to be planted about an inch or so above the crown. Here is a link to the AHS picture of the parts of a daylily showing the crown.
https://www.daylilies.org/ahs_...


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Hembrain
Feb 12, 2021 9:16 AM CST
Yes, Alex, if you can visit a daylily display garden or farm, it will blow your mind. Bonus points if you can purchase daylilies on the spot! Mail order and stores pale in comparison. In person you have a much better idea of what you are buying. I liken it to internet dating vs an in-person date to check out the chemistry. I lost my mind the first time I visited a grower. Seriously, they are so lovely they do easily become a passion and addiction of sorts.

Be aware of daylily rust, a fungal disease that concerns most lovers of daylilies. Motto: respect the rust! Rust genuinely sucks. Southern growers have a hard time avoiding rust infection and many use chemicals to manage it. As rust will not overwinter outdoors where it gets really cold, northern growers (above the "rust belt") enjoy a fresh start each spring and some northern growers have never had it in their garden. Plants from the deep south are often cheaper, but be aware that you may be introducing rusty trouble into your garden. I learned this the hard way when I started out. Luckily it's cold enough here to reset each winter (between 6b and 7a). Your climate may be similar.

Welcome and have fun!
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kidfishing
Feb 12, 2021 10:13 AM CST
Welcome.
Daylilies have been grown in my family for 5 generations. They are hardy perennials that will occupy your garden for your lifetime. You can find them for about any price, but recommend that you buy from growers and not box retailers. They don't cost much if any more except for paying shipping cost, and you get so much better plants. They can be boxed and shipped to you from anywhere and arrive at planting time for your garden. This is an easy plant to grow but some will do better in different growing zones.
The daylily forums on here are good with lots of Q and A.
Kidfishing

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