Daylilies forum: How to divide a daylily

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Name: Kim W
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kimkats
Feb 22, 2012 11:53 AM CST
Well Mona If any of those has a pretty face, you sure do know they are tough as nails. Hope you have something pretty to work with. Smiling
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Feb 26, 2012 5:17 PM CST
I am a little slow here getting to the dividing daylilies question. I have many methods and have been known to just hack the clump in half with a sharp blunt tip shovel or alternately, just cut it in half with this big garden knife that I have. But best way (and my favorite) is too use the dandelion weeder tool that I have. They sell them in Home Depot and it is ment to dig up a dandelion by pressing down next to the root and lifting while at the same time pushing down. I use it by pushing it into the daylily clump that I have dig up. Helps if you can find a place in the clump that looks like it would be a good place to seperate. Then just wiggle it around and push it down and usually the clump just splits apart. It really is my favorite way of dividing.
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Feb 27, 2012 6:55 AM CST
Good video. I like guess the screwdriver can become another tool of the trade.

I would like to hear about trimming roots. If you are mailing them out do you trim them back?
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Feb 27, 2012 10:09 AM CST
Yes, I trim them way down when mailing them out.

I had to edit this because my statement looks like I trim roots when I don't. I meant to say I trim foilage way down. Sorry about that.
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Feb 27, 2012 12:27 PM CST
I trim roots also. Especially if mailing but I trim them just to replant as it makes the daylilies easier to work with. Not that I trim that much but not afriad to trim as much as needed.
Name: Juli
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daylily
Feb 27, 2012 1:12 PM CST
Everyone is different I guess! Whistling Thumbs up I never trim roots. I try not to damage the root system in any way at all.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Feb 27, 2012 1:16 PM CST
I guess I have bought too many daylilies from Bill Maryott. Boy, he believes in root trimming something fierce and trims the roots way down on all those plants he ships. And we all know that Maryott plants are top guality and grow like crazy. Thumbs up
Name: Michele
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tink3472
Feb 27, 2012 7:53 PM CST
I haven't trimmed any I've mailed out so far. But I do trim the roots when I divide them sometimes. If they are going into the 2 gal pots, most of the time the roots are too long for the pots, and they get snipped. I try not to cut the big fat roots just the long stringy feeder roots.
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Feb 27, 2012 8:25 PM CST
I cut feeder roots and cut those big fat roots if I think they need it both. I don't care. And it never makes a difference. Those daylilies just start right on growing again.
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Mar 25, 2012 7:48 AM CST
I read somewhere that a plant will begin to grow because of the damage to the root system. An attempt to repair itself. Just a thought. I trim mine and haven't had a problem. Usually not over a third tho.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Mar 25, 2012 10:57 AM CST
I don't think I go overboard on the trimming either. Just that I am not afraid to trim roots. Never a problem with them growing.

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