Daylilies forum: Planting Question

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Hockeyrabbit
Aug 12, 2013 8:25 PM CST
Ok-

So I've been doing the whole well digging thing while planting my lilies, but I was wondering if I shouldn't be stepping around them to eliminate all the air holes etc.? I am not stomping down on the dirt, just a first push with my foot. Is that ok?? The ones I've planted about 2 weeks ago are fine and I can see a ton of new growth.

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fiwit
Aug 12, 2013 8:40 PM CST
No clue, Josh -- I don't do anything special when I plant mine, and they do fine. Shrug!

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lovemyhouse
Aug 12, 2013 8:44 PM CST
Josh, I have done the foot push in areas where it was easy to maintain balance. Didn't hurt anything, can see where it might have some benefit if not compacting the soil. Thumbs up
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tink3472
Aug 12, 2013 8:49 PM CST
I do push down around mine with my fist. I don't do it so much as to eliminate air holes as I do to make sure the soil doesn't settle down and I have to go back later and add more soil.
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Hockeyrabbit
Aug 13, 2013 4:53 AM CST
Ok, I'm not going to worry..like I said, didn't stomp down, just more like used my foot to push down on the surface and walked around. Here comes the rain this morning!

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lovemyhouse
Aug 13, 2013 7:08 AM CST
Hurray for rain!!
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daylily
Aug 13, 2013 8:27 AM CST
I like to fill in the hole part way with soil, add some water and sort of vibrate the plant in the slurry - fills in the holes nicely... then I fill in with more soil, a little more water, shake plant a little, rest of soil, rest of water. If soil is really great stuff, like I have in one bed, I just back fill all the soil, then give the plant a good vibrating shake - nothing violent... just enough to jiggle loose soil all around the roots and it settles the soil nicely. Level the soil off, water, then add a bit more soil if needed. I don't really push on mine. I never stand on them with feet because I try not to step in the beds.

When planting perennials that were in pots, I do push on soil with hands around roots like Michele describes.
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gardenglory
Aug 13, 2013 9:09 AM CST
I plant mine on a hill in the hole, like you plant asparagus. Once I fill in the hole around thill with soil and water, I dont kinda stomp it donw, I however make sure to hold the plant while doing this so the plant doesnt get pushed down in the soil. You sure dont wnat any crown rot by getting it to deep.

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