Daylilies come in a variety of colors and multiply quickly. When they are overcrowded they compete for water.
Divide and transplant Daylilies to give them room to grow.
The three parts of the daylily are the foliage which are the green tops, the crown which is white, and the roots.
The best time to divide daylilies is after the last one blooms in the summer, but they can be divided until the end of Autumn. The roots will have lots of time to grow in the ground and make beautiful flowers for next year.
You can also divide daylilies in the Spring.
Step 1: Gather Supplies Needed
You will need: a spade or shovel, knife, scissors, pruners or lopping shears, garden hose
Step 2: Cut off half of the green foliage
Step 3: Dig a hole all the way around the plant
Step 4: Lift the plant out of the ground and gently shake off any loose dirt
Step 5: Spray the plant with hose to remove any extra dirt from the roots
Step 6: Separate the Fans
Wiggle the daylilies back and forth to separate the fans. A fan is one plant that has a green top or foliage, a crown, and roots.
If the fans do not come apart easily you may need to cut into the crown with a knife just enough until you can pull apart the fan.
Once separated, spray again with hose to remove excess soil.
Step 7: Dry the Fans
You may either set the fans into full sun for up to three days to allow the plants to dry or immediately plant them. If you choose to let them dry, this may prevent crown rot, keep insects away, or prevent disease to the plant.
Step 8: Transplanting the Daylily
Dig a hole that is two times as wide as the roots and about a foot deep. Make a mound in the center of the hole. Put the plant on top of the mound (with the green side up) and spread the roots all the way around to the bottom of the mound. Cover the plant with dirt and make sure that the crown is at the very top of the hole.
Step 9: Add Mulch or Fertilizer
If you choose to add fertilizers, use 2 teaspoons of plant food for each square foot of dirt. You may choose to add mulch instead of fertilizers.
Step 10: Water
Water each plant well. Daylilies should be divided every 3 to 5 years or when overcrowding happens.
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