Daylilies are among the most carefree and easy-to-grow perennials. They are very tolerant of a wide range of conditions, and are very forgiving of gardening "mistakes." But it really pays to give your daylilies the best growing conditions possible.
Daylilies love sun, full sun if possible, but will tolerate part-shade conditions. A general rule is to make sure they get at least 6 hours of direct sun a day. Many darker collared varieties will benefit from partial shade in the hottest part of the day.
Daylilies will grow in a wide range of soils, from sand to heavy clay. There are steps you can take to improve your soil, especially if it is predominantly clay or sand. Clay soils can be improved by the addition of compost, humus or peat moss, or sand. Sandy soil will benefit from the addition of compost, humus or peat moss which will serve to increase water retention.
Daylilies prefer well-drained soil. In problem areas, one way to achieve adequate drainage is to prepare raised beds.
To avoid root competition for water and nutrients, do not plant daylilies near shrubs or trees if possible. If you can't avoid it, be sure to give them extra water and fertilizer to make up for what the other plants take. An exception is in the South, where daylilies perform well under pine trees, benefiting from their dappled shade.
Spring or Fall planting is recommended, especially in hot areas. Spring shipments should arrive after the ground has thawed and danger of hard frost has passed. Fall shipments should arrive several weeks before freezing weather, although you can plant later if you will mulch the plants. Work your ground in advance, incorporating organic material such as compost or well-rotted manure if possible.
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