Daylily: planting, pruning, growing and care

The daylily, also called “daylily”, is a plant that produces a beautiful ephemeral flower that rules the garden with its colors. Although it is ephemeral, knots are renewed throughout the summer. Very easy to grow, this plant is ideal for novice gardeners. Find out how to properly grow daylilies.

Where and when do daylilies grow?

The daylily needs a lot of sun for its flowers to bloom. Choose a spot well exposed to the sun. the spring is the ideal time to plant this flower, especially for the coldest regions, because it is better to wait for the earth to warm up. Fall planting is possible, but avoid periods of frost.

The soil should be rich, fresh, light and humus. Which bulbous perennial is hardy (-20°C), but as with all bulbs, water stagnation should be avoided.

The daylily nestles everywhere in the ornamental garden: border, rock garden or massif. This plant is therefore not picky about its location.

Hemerocallis daylily
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the plantation

Planting therefore preferably takes place between April and May. Make a hole for the bulb and plant it, burying the collar 3 to 4 cm below the ground. Space each bulb 30 to 80 cm apart, depending on the variety.

The daylily is also grown pot to decorate a terrace or balcony. It is enough that the pot is pierced in the bottom for the drainage of water and that it is at least 30 cm deep.

The interview

Especially during the first months, regular watering is necessary. Keep the soil moist, but not too much.

After it is well established, the daylily does not require any special care. It is sufficient to prune the spent stems, usually between May and July.

The little +: daylily buds have the green hazelnut flavor and are lightly peppered. It is also possible to consume the flowers up to 4 hours after hatching to discover their surprising passion fruit flavour.