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How to Keep Daylilies Blooming

How to Keep Daylilies Blooming

Daylilies are a beautiful and relatively low-maintenance addition to any garden. However, the blooms don't last long--daylilies owe their name to the short lifespan of their flowers. To keep daylilies blooming, it is imperative to remove dead flowers and developing seed pods, in effect tricking the plant into thinking its flowers have failed it so that it will send up new blooms in their place.

Snap off dead flowers using your fingers (make sure you're wearing gardening gloves) as soon as they begin to wilt. Take care to also snap off the ball-shaped seed pod at the flower's base. It should easily separate from the stalk, which likely has more buds waiting to develop once the old flower growth gets out of its way.

  • Daylilies are a beautiful and relatively low-maintenance addition to any garden.
  • To keep daylilies blooming, it is imperative to remove dead flowers and developing seed pods, in effect tricking the plant into thinking its flowers have failed it so that it will send up new blooms in their place.

Use your clippers to cut the stalk down an inch or so above the base if there are no more blooms on it. Cutting down stalks that are still green will fool the plant into thinking it has lost a vital part of itself and you should soon see a new stalk. Cutting down brown, already-dead stalks won't have any impact.

Amend the soil in which your daylily lives with manure or compost frequently--and don't forget to water. Keep in mind that all flowers need food, and the way they eat is to absorb nutrients from the soil through water entering their roots.

Consider moving your daylily to a sunnier location if you're still not getting as many blooms as you'd like. Daylilies in shady areas, or even areas with partial shade, tend to bloom less than those in full sun.

  • Use your clippers to cut the stalk down an inch or so above the base if there are no more blooms on it.

A good rule of thumb is to make sure your daylily receives at least six hours of full sun a day. Any less and you may want to replant--or try a leafier plant with fewer flowers.


Watch the video: How to produce tons of day lily flowers (June 2021).