Spruces daylilies

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    How to grow hemerocallis (daylilies)

    The daylilies of today come in a wide range of colours, shapes and sizes. They are also easy to grow. This enchanting perennial will grow in most conditions, but will thrive in fertile soil in sun. Too much shade will result in fewer and inferior flowers with the flower stems (scapes) leaning towards the light. Daylilies will produce more flowers when grown in good soil. Daylilies appreciate ample amounts of water and an annual mulch will help them through a dry summer.

    Hemerocallis should be planted anytime during their growing season (spring through to early autumn). Periods of drought should of course be avoided; however, if they do become dried out, soak well before planting.
    When planting daylilies, dig a hole larger than the root system you are planting. The best way to do this is to make a mound of soil, (preferably mixed with well rotted compost or manure) in the prepared planting hole and spread the roots out over the mound much as you would if you were planting asparagus. Check that the crown of the plant is about one inch below soil level-if it is buried too deeply flowering may be inhibited.
    Make sure there are no air pockets left under the plant, firming the soil gently but avoid treading as it is easy to damage the roots. Then all you need to do is water your new plant. Daylilies appreciate the added moisture retentiveness of a good mulch of compost in spring.
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    ©Pollie's Daylilies

    Daylilies do respond to feeding. A fertiliser applied in spring with a low nitrogen content will help the plants flower production. If you wish to cut the foliage back in autumn or spring to “tidy them up” this does no apparent harm and many growers favour this approach.
    Daylilies will form a clump eventually, which can be divided. If the flowers are not as prolific as the previous year, the plant probably needs dividing. Bear in mind that dividing a huge clump can be hard work and dividing sooner than later is wise and you can swap plants with other daylily lovers! Division is best done in spring or early autumn. The foliage can be cut back on new divisions and long or damaged roots can be trimmed back which helps to reduce the stress of division.



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      1st one flowering for 2015 "Octopus Hugs"


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        Great information in the opening post, Spruce :ThankYou:

        And :wow: at your 2nd post: she's a beauty!! :thumbsup:
         
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          Hi Spruce,
          I've just bought one, I can't remember the name (I'll check tomorrow when I'm at me mums and let you know), it's one of the smaller yellow ones. Will it be ok in a tub around 18" wide and 12" deep in a position where it receives morning sun.
          Thanks
           
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            yes it will be fine for two years and if they stop blooming re - pot, john ins no 3 is best with some MP added to open it up a tad

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              Thanks Spruce :)

              It only cost 20p from Wilkinsons but it's a good little plant :)
               
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                Great time of the year Spruce - they're starting ;)
                Opened and nibbled (not by me though) today...
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                  the 1st few always look a bit ropey , dont you just love the colour yellow
                   
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                    Yellow's good but the ropey one is pale orange ;) wish it grew as strong as the bright yellow dwarf one.
                     
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                      Hi Spruce,

                      As promised the name of my new one is..... " Aten".
                       
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                        this has been around since 1951
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                          Free food! They are edible for us too; get in quick before the bugs :)
                          She's a pretty little thing :thumbsup:
                           
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                            Spruce, I sure hope you are going to put up photos as each come into bloom:) That little orange one I split last autumn into four plants today they all have a flower open - it's a bit uncanny - synchronized flowering.....
                             
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                              "Octopus hugs"

                              so much better than the other day

                              New today flower is nearly 7 inches across

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                                "Thin Man"

                                this is huge

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