Daylilies forum: When is the best time to plant daylilies?

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Jul 13, 2013 7:58 AM CST
When I used to buy daylilies from a local gardener, she dug them up only in the fall after they had bloomed. I had always understood it was better to plant most flowering plants at a time when they were not blooming so this made sense to me. I can see that some places will mail daylily plants from March through October. Is it better for me to wait to order daylilies in the fall rather than now? I am thinking of ordering via mail rather than traveling someplace to get them (There are no places nearby with the particular daylily I am looking for). Thank you.Thumb of 2013-07-13/ErinDreamer/6746d2
Name: Julie
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Jul 13, 2013 8:01 AM CST
Spring and fall, and the times may vary slightly depending on your climate. It might help to list your planting zone so that some of us who live near your area can be more specific. I have planted daylilies in the summer, but when it gets super hot here , there's the risk of rot. I sell daylilies during the spring and fall ( only) on the Lily Auction and do spring shipping from about Mid-April to Mid May and fall shipping from about Mid-Sept. to Mid- Oct. Those are also the best times to plant directly in the ground here on the edge of zones 6/7 ( Western VA).

Good luck!

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Jul 13, 2013 8:32 AM CST
Hi Erin nice to have you as a member. Welcome!

Here is the north I like spring planting plants have a longer period to get established before our cold winter.

Here is a site that lists many daylily sellers from around the country including the hybridizers, you will find plenty of places to order daylilies.

Here is the site for the Lily Auction where many of us myself included purchase daylilies.
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Name: Theresa Maris
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Jul 13, 2013 8:50 AM CST
I prefer spring before they send up scapes or after they finish blooming. I agree it is best to give them a little time to settle in before cold weather hits.
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Jul 13, 2013 12:00 PM CST
I prefer to plant in the spring also. I will make an exception once in awhile if I see something that I just have to have before next year. I also sell in the spring and fall, never in the summer.
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Jul 13, 2013 12:08 PM CST
I agree with the others that fall or early spring are the best time to plant, but you also asked if you should wait until the fall to order. To that I'd say that if you were sure that's the flower you want, order it ASAP and ask for fall (or spring) delivery. Otherwise they might sell out of the daylily you really want to grow. Researching the best deal would be disappointing if they no longer have the particular cultivar, and others have it at a much higher price.
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Jul 13, 2013 1:28 PM CST
Erin, to list your area, go to the very top and there is a menu bar. You'll see your user name then "Profile" -- if you click on that, you'll see choices to make to set up your signature line, your name, zone etc - a short favorite saying... what ever you want to put. Then, you can add a badge. We do things to earn "acorns" or people give you acorns. We use acorns to buy badges and other things. I'll send you a few acorns so you can buy a daylily badge or another badge of your choice to get you started. In your preferences, you can also add a photo for your avatar.

If you add your zone, or maybe your state too, that helps when people give you planting information.


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Jul 13, 2013 2:23 PM CST
Around here we plant year round; we try not to in July or Aug when it's the hottest though. If we are dividing daylilies it is in the fall.
I do ship whenever someone would like their plants so my shipping has been from Feb until now so far. I was hoping to be done by June but there are lots of more Northern states that want theirs now so they can be established before their first frost.
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Jul 13, 2013 4:37 PM CST
When I first planted daylilies in my yard, it was Memorial Day weekend - HOT weather in Georgia. But that's when Lowes was selling them, and at the time, that was the only way I knew to get them. In late June of that same year, I was helping a woman divide the dayllies in her yard, and planting them in mine. They all survived, and have thrived, even though I did absolutely nothing special, not even amending the red GA clay I was planting them in.

I try not to plant ANY plants during the heat of the summer, but down here in the south, fall is an excellent planting time so the plants have time to get their roots established before our hot summers. Last fall, I was putting daylilies in the ground in late October - they all survived the winter just fine.

So it really DOES depend on your location, as the others have said. I've lived other places where we were having snow flurries in October. Hilarious!

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