Potted Daylilies: Trimming Roots: Very informative article

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Potted Daylilies: Trimming Roots

By chalyse
October 18, 2013

When, how and with what can you safely divide your awesome daylilies? What follows is a group-generated article to give you some food for thought, some general directions (which you can adjust for your own circumstances), and some links at the bottom to other helpful articles, including the most responsive place to ask questions specific to your needs - the Daylily Forum on All Things Plants!

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Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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Oct 18, 2013 7:18 AM CST
Love the pictures and detail description. I never thought of trimming the roots.
Name: Tina
Where the desert meets the sea (Zone 9b)
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Oct 18, 2013 10:49 AM CST
Thanks, Anna! It is a group-generated article that benefited so many of us who have potted plants with this kind of root system (and acorns have been shared around accordingly). I join in acknowledgment of the sources of knowledge and guidance that made it possible, and add my applause:

I tip my hat to you. tink3472 I tip my hat to you.
I tip my hat to you. fiwit I tip my hat to you.
I tip my hat to you. dormantsrule I tip my hat to you.

And, for anyone looking for more updates and follow-ups (on the outcome of the trimming and re-potting over time, for additional ideas, etc.) the Daylily Forum thread can be found at:

The thread "Q & A: How to Trim Potted DL Roots?" in Daylilies forum
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Name: Teresa
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Oct 18, 2013 11:51 AM CST
Thanks for the info. I do trim my roots but never had thought of dividing the fan/fans with a box cutter! This is a good site to learn new ways of doing things.
Thanks to all that helped on Daylily Week.
Name: woofie
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Oct 18, 2013 12:23 PM CST
VERY useful article! Thanks to all the contributors! Thumbs up
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Oct 18, 2013 4:37 PM CST
Great article Thumbs up
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Name: Sheryl
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Oct 18, 2013 7:51 PM CST
Oh - I just love it when articles add the little bits of information that I always seem to need to know. Thanks!!!!
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