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Hemerocallis spp. Plant Care Reminders

Daylily

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Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

In the inland areas of Southern California, daylilies are easy to grow as long as you give them good soil, plenty of water, and occasional feeding during the growing season. For the best-looking flowers, grow your plants in a little afternoon shade, and keep the humidity up around the plants with mulch and overhead sprinkling. The flowers on the fanciest new hybrids look their best when nighttime temperatures do not fall below 60 degrees F. -- often, the rebloom in July is much showier than the first bloom cycle of late May and June. Many gardeners like to make their own hybrid crosses and grow new plants from seed. Try it -- you may be surprised at the new flowers you'll create!

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones :18, 19, 20, 21
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    February
    1. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    2. Prune

    Remove dead leaves and clean up plants in preparation for new spring growth.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for snails and slugs.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs.
    March
    1. Buy

    Buy plants bare-root or in pots from specialty mail-order growers -- order early in the season to get the varieties you really want.
    2. Plant

    Plant in a rich, well-drained soil (in full sun, but ideally with some afternoon shade). Plant in a wind-protected location with maximum humidity for the flowers to look their best.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed with an acid-type plant food, avoiding too much nitrogen (unless you want you bloom stalks to get extra-tall).
    4. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    5. Prune

    Remove dead leaves and clean up plants in preparation for new spring growth.
    6. Mulch

    Mulch to conserve water use and keep soil moist.
    7. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for snails and slugs.
    8. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs.
    9. Transplant

    Dig and divide established clumps if desired. Cut back foliage and roots by half when you transplant.
    10. Propagate

    Propagate by division. Cut back foliage and roots when you transplant.
    April
    1. Buy

    Buy plants bare-root or in pots from specialty mail-order growers -- order early in the season to get the varieties you really want.
    2. Plant

    Plant in a rich, well-drained soil (in full sun, but ideally with some afternoon shade). Plant in a wind-protected location with maximum humidity for the flowers to look their best.
    3. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for snails and slugs.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs.
    6. Transplant

    Dig and divide established clumps if desired. Cut back foliage and roots by half when you transplant.
    7. Propagate

    Propagate by division. Cut back foliage and roots when you transplant.
    May
    1. Buy

    Buy plants bare-root or in pots from specialty mail-order growers -- order early in the season to get the varieties you really want.
    2. Plant

    Plant in a rich, well-drained soil (in full sun, but ideally with some afternoon shade). Plant in a wind-protected location with maximum humidity for the flowers to look their best.
    3. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods. Overhead sprinkling will keep the humidity up for the best-looking flowers, but don\'t water at night while the buds are opening or the next day\'s flowers might be spotted.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for daylily rust, which starts on the undersides of the leaves.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs. If daylily rust is a problem, cut back and dispose of infected foliage.
    June
    1. Buy

    Buy plants bare-root or in pots from specialty mail-order growers -- order early in the season to get the varieties you really want.
    2. Plant

    Plant in a rich, well-drained soil (in full sun, but ideally with some afternoon shade). Plant in a wind-protected location with maximum humidity for the flowers to look their best.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed with an acid-type plant food, avoiding too much nitrogen (unless you want you bloom stalks to get extra-tall).
    4. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods. Overhead sprinkling will keep the humidity up for the best-looking flowers, but don\'t water at night while the buds are opening or the next day\'s flowers might be spotted.
    5. Prune

    Unless you\'re saving the seeds, remove seed pods as they form to encourage more bloom. Remove old bloom stalks to keep plants looking tidy.
    6. Mulch

    Mulch to conserve water use and keep soil moist.
    7. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for daylily rust, which starts on the undersides of the leaves.
    8. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs. If daylily rust is a problem, cut back and dispose of infected foliage.
    July
    1. Buy

    Buy plants bare-root or in pots from specialty mail-order growers -- order early in the season to get the varieties you really want.
    2. Plant

    Plant in a rich, well-drained soil (in full sun, but ideally with some afternoon shade). Plant in a wind-protected location with maximum humidity for the flowers to look their best.
    3. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods. Overhead sprinkling will keep the humidity up for the best-looking flowers, but don\'t water at night while the buds are opening or the next day\'s flowers might be spotted.
    4. Prune

    Unless you\'re saving the seeds, remove seed pods as they form to encourage more bloom. Remove old bloom stalks to keep plants looking tidy.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for daylily rust, which starts on the undersides of the leaves.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs. If daylily rust is a problem, cut back and dispose of infected foliage.
    7. Harvest

    Harvest ripe seed if you\'ve made your own hybrid crosses.
    August
    1. Buy

    Buy plants bare-root or in pots from specialty mail-order growers -- order early in the season to get the varieties you really want.
    2. Plant

    Plant in a rich, well-drained soil (in full sun, but ideally with some afternoon shade). Plant in a wind-protected location with maximum humidity for the flowers to look their best.
    3. Sow Seeds

    Sow ripe seeds in potting soil in containers, covering with 1/2 inch of soil.
    4. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods. Overhead sprinkling will keep the humidity up for the best-looking flowers, but don\'t water at night while the buds are opening or the next day\'s flowers might be spotted.
    5. Prune

    Unless you\'re saving the seeds, remove seed pods as they form to encourage more bloom. Remove old bloom stalks to keep plants looking tidy.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for daylily rust, which starts on the undersides of the leaves.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs. If daylily rust is a problem, cut back and dispose of infected foliage.
    8. Transplant

    Dig and divide established clumps if desired. Cut back foliage and roots by half when you transplant.
    9. Propagate

    Propagate by division. Cut back foliage and roots when you transplant.
    10. Harvest

    Harvest ripe seed if you\'ve made your own hybrid crosses.
    September
    1. Buy

    Buy plants bare-root or in pots from specialty mail-order growers -- order early in the season to get the varieties you really want.
    2. Plant

    Plant in a rich, well-drained soil (in full sun, but ideally with some afternoon shade). Plant in a wind-protected location with maximum humidity for the flowers to look their best.
    3. Sow Seeds

    Sow ripe seeds in potting soil in containers, covering with 1/2 inch of soil.
    4. Fertilize

    Feed with an acid-type plant food, avoiding too much nitrogen (unless you want you bloom stalks to get extra-tall).
    5. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods. Overhead sprinkling will keep the humidity up for the best-looking flowers, but don\'t water at night while the buds are opening or the next day\'s flowers might be spotted.
    6. Prune

    Unless you\'re saving the seeds, remove seed pods as they form to encourage more bloom. Remove old bloom stalks to keep plants looking tidy.
    7. Mulch

    Mulch to conserve water use and keep soil moist.
    8. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for daylily rust, which starts on the undersides of the leaves.
    9. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs. If daylily rust is a problem, cut back and dispose of infected foliage.
    10. Transplant

    Dig and divide established clumps if desired. Cut back foliage and roots by half when you transplant.
    11. Propagate

    Propagate by division. Cut back foliage and roots when you transplant.
    12. Harvest

    Harvest ripe seed if you\'ve made your own hybrid crosses.
    October
    1. Buy

    Buy plants bare-root or in pots from specialty mail-order growers -- order early in the season to get the varieties you really want.
    2. Plant

    Plant in a rich, well-drained soil (in full sun, but ideally with some afternoon shade). Plant in a wind-protected location with maximum humidity for the flowers to look their best.
    3. Sow Seeds

    Sow ripe seeds in potting soil in containers, covering with 1/2 inch of soil.
    4. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods. Overhead sprinkling will keep the humidity up for the best-looking flowers, but don\'t water at night while the buds are opening or the next day\'s flowers might be spotted.
    5. Prune

    Unless you\'re saving the seeds, remove seed pods as they form to encourage more bloom. Remove old bloom stalks to keep plants looking tidy.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for daylily rust, which starts on the undersides of the leaves.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs. If daylily rust is a problem, cut back and dispose of infected foliage.
    8. Transplant

    Dig and divide established clumps if desired. Cut back foliage and roots by half when you transplant.
    9. Propagate

    Propagate by division. Cut back foliage and roots when you transplant.
    November
    1. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    2. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for daylily rust, which starts on the undersides of the leaves.
    3. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and slugs. If daylily rust is a problem, cut back and dispose of infected foliage.
    December
    1. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    January

    Buy plants bare-root or in pots from specialty mail-order growers -- order early in the season to get the varieties you really want.

    February

    Buy plants bare-root or in pots from specialty mail-order growers -- order early in the season to get the varieties you really want.

    March

    Buy plants bare-root or in pots from specialty mail-order growers -- order early in the season to get the varieties you really want.

    April

    Buy plants bare-root or in pots from specialty mail-order growers -- order early in the season to get the varieties you really want.

    May

    Buy plants bare-root or in pots from specialty mail-order growers -- order early in the season to get the varieties you really want.

    June

    Buy plants bare-root or in pots from specialty mail-order growers -- order early in the season to get the varieties you really want.

    July

    Buy plants bare-root or in pots from specialty mail-order growers -- order early in the season to get the varieties you really want.

    August

    Buy plants bare-root or in pots from specialty mail-order growers -- order early in the season to get the varieties you really want.

    September

    Buy plants bare-root or in pots from specialty mail-order growers -- order early in the season to get the varieties you really want.

    October

    Buy plants bare-root or in pots from specialty mail-order growers -- order early in the season to get the varieties you really want.

    November

    Buy plants bare-root or in pots from specialty mail-order growers -- order early in the season to get the varieties you really want.

    December

    Buy plants bare-root or in pots from specialty mail-order growers -- order early in the season to get the varieties you really want.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    March

    Plant in a rich, well-drained soil (in full sun, but ideally with some afternoon shade). Plant in a wind-protected location with maximum humidity for the flowers to look their best.

    April

    Plant in a rich, well-drained soil (in full sun, but ideally with some afternoon shade). Plant in a wind-protected location with maximum humidity for the flowers to look their best.

    May

    Plant in a rich, well-drained soil (in full sun, but ideally with some afternoon shade). Plant in a wind-protected location with maximum humidity for the flowers to look their best.

    June

    Plant in a rich, well-drained soil (in full sun, but ideally with some afternoon shade). Plant in a wind-protected location with maximum humidity for the flowers to look their best.

    July

    Plant in a rich, well-drained soil (in full sun, but ideally with some afternoon shade). Plant in a wind-protected location with maximum humidity for the flowers to look their best.

    August

    Plant in a rich, well-drained soil (in full sun, but ideally with some afternoon shade). Plant in a wind-protected location with maximum humidity for the flowers to look their best.

    September

    Plant in a rich, well-drained soil (in full sun, but ideally with some afternoon shade). Plant in a wind-protected location with maximum humidity for the flowers to look their best.

    October

    Plant in a rich, well-drained soil (in full sun, but ideally with some afternoon shade). Plant in a wind-protected location with maximum humidity for the flowers to look their best.

    Sow Seeds

    When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

    August

    Sow ripe seeds in potting soil in containers, covering with 1/2 inch of soil.

    September

    Sow ripe seeds in potting soil in containers, covering with 1/2 inch of soil.

    October

    Sow ripe seeds in potting soil in containers, covering with 1/2 inch of soil.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    March

    Feed with an acid-type plant food, avoiding too much nitrogen (unless you want you bloom stalks to get extra-tall).

    June

    Feed with an acid-type plant food, avoiding too much nitrogen (unless you want you bloom stalks to get extra-tall).

    September

    Feed with an acid-type plant food, avoiding too much nitrogen (unless you want you bloom stalks to get extra-tall).

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    January

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    February

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    March

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    April

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    May

    Water regularly during dry periods. Overhead sprinkling will keep the humidity up for the best-looking flowers, but don\'t water at night while the buds are opening or the next day\'s flowers might be spotted.

    June

    Water regularly during dry periods. Overhead sprinkling will keep the humidity up for the best-looking flowers, but don\'t water at night while the buds are opening or the next day\'s flowers might be spotted.

    July

    Water regularly during dry periods. Overhead sprinkling will keep the humidity up for the best-looking flowers, but don\'t water at night while the buds are opening or the next day\'s flowers might be spotted.

    August

    Water regularly during dry periods. Overhead sprinkling will keep the humidity up for the best-looking flowers, but don\'t water at night while the buds are opening or the next day\'s flowers might be spotted.

    September

    Water regularly during dry periods. Overhead sprinkling will keep the humidity up for the best-looking flowers, but don\'t water at night while the buds are opening or the next day\'s flowers might be spotted.

    October

    Water regularly during dry periods. Overhead sprinkling will keep the humidity up for the best-looking flowers, but don\'t water at night while the buds are opening or the next day\'s flowers might be spotted.

    November

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    December

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    February

    Remove dead leaves and clean up plants in preparation for new spring growth.

    March

    Remove dead leaves and clean up plants in preparation for new spring growth.

    June

    Unless you\'re saving the seeds, remove seed pods as they form to encourage more bloom. Remove old bloom stalks to keep plants looking tidy.

    July

    Unless you\'re saving the seeds, remove seed pods as they form to encourage more bloom. Remove old bloom stalks to keep plants looking tidy.

    August

    Unless you\'re saving the seeds, remove seed pods as they form to encourage more bloom. Remove old bloom stalks to keep plants looking tidy.

    September

    Unless you\'re saving the seeds, remove seed pods as they form to encourage more bloom. Remove old bloom stalks to keep plants looking tidy.

    October

    Unless you\'re saving the seeds, remove seed pods as they form to encourage more bloom. Remove old bloom stalks to keep plants looking tidy.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    March

    Mulch to conserve water use and keep soil moist.

    June

    Mulch to conserve water use and keep soil moist.

    September

    Mulch to conserve water use and keep soil moist.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

    What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

    February

    Watch for snails and slugs.

    March

    Watch for snails and slugs.

    April

    Watch for snails and slugs.

    May

    Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for daylily rust, which starts on the undersides of the leaves.

    June

    Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for daylily rust, which starts on the undersides of the leaves.

    July

    Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for daylily rust, which starts on the undersides of the leaves.

    August

    Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for daylily rust, which starts on the undersides of the leaves.

    September

    Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for daylily rust, which starts on the undersides of the leaves.

    October

    Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for daylily rust, which starts on the undersides of the leaves.

    November

    Watch for snails and slugs. Watch for daylily rust, which starts on the undersides of the leaves.

    Treat for Pest/Disease

    How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

    February

    Control snails and slugs.

    March

    Control snails and slugs.

    April

    Control snails and slugs.

    May

    Control snails and slugs. If daylily rust is a problem, cut back and dispose of infected foliage.

    June

    Control snails and slugs. If daylily rust is a problem, cut back and dispose of infected foliage.

    July

    Control snails and slugs. If daylily rust is a problem, cut back and dispose of infected foliage.

    August

    Control snails and slugs. If daylily rust is a problem, cut back and dispose of infected foliage.

    September

    Control snails and slugs. If daylily rust is a problem, cut back and dispose of infected foliage.

    October

    Control snails and slugs. If daylily rust is a problem, cut back and dispose of infected foliage.

    November

    Control snails and slugs. If daylily rust is a problem, cut back and dispose of infected foliage.

    Transplant

    When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

    March

    Dig and divide established clumps if desired. Cut back foliage and roots by half when you transplant.

    April

    Dig and divide established clumps if desired. Cut back foliage and roots by half when you transplant.

    August

    Dig and divide established clumps if desired. Cut back foliage and roots by half when you transplant.

    September

    Dig and divide established clumps if desired. Cut back foliage and roots by half when you transplant.

    October

    Dig and divide established clumps if desired. Cut back foliage and roots by half when you transplant.

    Propagate

    When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

    March

    Propagate by division. Cut back foliage and roots when you transplant.

    April

    Propagate by division. Cut back foliage and roots when you transplant.

    August

    Propagate by division. Cut back foliage and roots when you transplant.

    September

    Propagate by division. Cut back foliage and roots when you transplant.

    October

    Propagate by division. Cut back foliage and roots when you transplant.

    Harvest

    When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

    July

    Harvest ripe seed if you\'ve made your own hybrid crosses.

    August

    Harvest ripe seed if you\'ve made your own hybrid crosses.

    September

    Harvest ripe seed if you\'ve made your own hybrid crosses.

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