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Hemerocallis the botanical name for daylilies are easy to grow

Perennials commonly called Daylilies offer the gardener continuous blooms from May through September by selection of varieties for the succession of bloom. Individual blooms last but one day each, but another opens the following day. Daylilies will grow in full sun or partial shade and can be grown in most all parts of the country. The soil requirements are such that most any soil, adequately supplied with plant food, will produce good plants and blooms. They have no serious insect disease problems. Surely the home gardener will welcome this beautiful, easy to grow plant.

VARIETY SELECTION: For continuous blooms select varieties that bloom at different times during the summer. Blooming period of most varieties lasts about one month. Four or five varieties will usually provide continuous blooms. Most varieties are day bloomers and the flowers close about 6 p.m. The Calypso variety is an evening bloomer.

PLANTING: Hemerocallis search deep for their food. Two feet is none too deep to prepare the soil. Incorporate Fertilizer throughout the soil worked up at the rate of 1 pound per 25 square feet of bed. One stem should be a part of each root division planted. Plant at exactly the same depth they were growing. September is the preferred planting time in most of the country.

CARE OF ESTABLISHED PLANTS: Leave tops on for winter protection against heaving, Winter mulch in northern sections. Lift, divide, and replant divisions every third year. Feed Fertilizer Complete Plant Food early each spring, working 1 rounded tablespoonful into the soil around each plant. Frequent soil soaking will be beneficial during the summer dry spells -sprinkling should be avoided.

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