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Planting Instructions for Hemerocallis (daylilies):

Bloom Time:  Summer Light:  Full sun to part sun
Soil:  Average to rich, well-draining Moisture:  Little extra moisture required
Planting Depth:  1 to 2" deep, mulch lightly Spacing:  24" to 30"

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. Plants packaged in bags should be free from excessive moisture, so if condensation has formed on the inside of the bag, open and let it air out. Plant everything as soon as possible.

Soil/Location:  Plant your daylilies in a sunny spot in average to rich, well-drained soil. Add compost or peat humus to enrich the soil if needed, although they are very adaptable to almost any soil conditions. Remember to keep the soil light and airy for perennials, so cover them with loose soil and don't pack it in after planting.

Moisture:  Daylilies don't require much moisture, even after they are actively growing, and they are especially not tolerant of wet conditions. Early season plantings (April and May) especially should be started on the dry side. During that time we like to water lightly once and then we don't water again until the foliage has started to emerge, and even then there is usually enough natural moisture to keep them going without supplemental watering. Too much moisture early can rot bare root, dormant plants, and although some people soak their daylilies in water before planting we only recommend that in the summer with actively growing plants and then only for a short period of time in order to plump up the roots.

Spacing:  Plant regular sized daylilies 24 to 30” apart. Smaller varieties can be planted 18 to 24" apart.

Depth:  Plant with the top of the crown, base of the fans an inch or two below soil level. Often you can see a white area on the base of the bare root fans which was the portion of the plant previously growing below ground, so that is where it can be replanted. It is better to plant just a little deep, making sure none of the roots are showing or the plants could struggle to get established. Mulch lightly after planting.

General Instructions:  Enrich soil with compost or peat humus if needed. Mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into the planting hole if desired. Plant the roots as listed above, then water in lightly. Daylilies prefer a slightly dry start if they are still dormant in spring. Once they are actively growing it is alright to give them supplemental water once a week, as needed, and enjoy a light application of fertilizer each spring.

Landscape Uses:  Although each flower lasts only one day the blooms follow each other day after day for weeks and you can extend the bloom season by combining early, mid, and late blooming varieties. They make excellent mass plantings where other plants may have trouble growing such as steep hills or in below average soil, or they even work well with trees and shrubs. Use groups of daylilies to "corral" spreading plants such as obedient plant (Physostegia) or bee balm (Monarda). Plant early blooming varieties with early summer perennials such as Iris and poppies, and plant midseason and late bloomers with summer perennials such as coneflowers (Echinacea, Rudbeckia), lilies (Lilium), asters, and ornamental grasses.

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