Growing Daylilies

Daylilies enjoy a well-deserved reputation for being an easy to grow perennial. They are grown in all parts of the country. Insect pests and disease are minor issues for daylilies thatCurly Pink Ribbons seldom result in loss of a plant. Below are suggestions for growing daylilies at their best in the Tampa Bay area.

Soil

A well-drained soil rich in organic material with a pH between 6 and 7 is recommended. Sandy soils need to be amended with compost, peat, ground up branches, good top soil, manure, or other available organic material. The more the Double Buttercupbetter. Adding up to 10% clay is an excellent sandy soil amendment if it is available. Mix the added materials with a garden fork to the depth of the fork. Spending time and money on your soil is always a good investment.

Water

During active growth one to two inches of rain or irrigation per week produces the greatest number of flowers and rapid plant increase. Conserve water usage with an organic soil (organic soil needs 1 inch per week while a more sandy soil needs up to two inches per week water) and/or applying several inches of a leaf or pine needle mulch.

Fertilizer

Have your garden soil tested to determine exactly what elements are needed. The Cooperative Extension Service office in your county will do soil tests for a modest fee. Use a time release fertilizer with micronutrients in the fall and again in spring when blooms begin. A handful per plant spread around the base is enough. The numbers on the bag represent N (nitrogen), P (phosphorous), and K (potassium). Since phosphorous is naturally abundant in most WI soils it is wise to purchase.

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carmen@daylilyhavengardens.com

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