Growing Daylilies

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Perennials commonly called Daylilies offer the gardener

 

Hemerocallis the botanical name for daylilies are easy to grow
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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