Dividing and Transplanting Daylilies for Healthy Plant

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Dividing and Transplanting Daylilies

When it comes to foolproof perennials for sunny spots in the garden, few plants can beat cheery daylilies. Lilies are tough as nails, protecting from many insect pests and diseases, and some varieties (think the ubiquitous 'Stella D'Oro') have flowering periods that span four months.

Water lilies have the added benefit of increasing group sizes each year, providing gardeners with divisions to plant in other areas of the garden or to share with friends and family. For gardeners new to transplanting and dividing plants, the lily is the most tolerant specimen.

Why Divide and Transplant Daylilies?

It is very gratifying to see a flowerbed grow stronger and stronger year after year. For weeks, the plants produce new flowers and one or two new flowers bloom each morning. However, as lily plants mature, their root systems become saturated and compete for sunlight, soil nutrients, and moisture. The foliage above the ground clumps together, casting a shadow on itself and obscuring the flowers in the center of large fan leaves.

When you dig and divide a lily, you are dividing a growing group into smaller plants, which not only creates more plants to add to your collection but also rejuvenates each plant to produce more flowers the following season.

Transplanting lilies to a new location provides the opportunity to plant them in a location with better sunlight or soil if the original planting location is not ideal. You can move prized varieties to another area of ​​your garden or share them with a friend. It's not uncommon to pay more than $ 20 per plant for new or unusual lily hybrids, so sharing your plants to start a new flowerbed is a nifty move for a gardener on a budget.

When to Transplant Daylilies

In all climates, the best time to transplant lilies is in the spring, when the buds are just beginning to sprout. During this period, milder temperatures and mild spring rains help newly divided and transplanted plants to recover from the impact of transplanting. While time is not critical, transplanting sooner or later increases the chances that the plants will be able to recover enough to flower later in the season.

Southern gardeners (USDA growing zones 8 and above) can also transplant daylilies in the fall. Wait until the end of September, when the summer heatwaves subside.

How to Dig and Divide

Before digging and dividing your plants, choose and prepare the new planting location. Lilies need at least six to eight hours of full sun to produce flowers. For the red or purple varieties, a little shade in the afternoon is desirable to prevent the flowers from wilting and burning. Mix some compost into the soil, dropping the soil to a depth of 12 inches.

Dig carefully around the established group of daylilies and remove the plant from the ground. Examine the group to determine how many divisions to do.

Brush or remove excess soil by hand or with a hose until you can see the logical points to cut the group of lilies. Use a clean, sharp garden knife (like Japanese hori hori) to cut through the fleshy root system. It's okay if your knife cuts a fleshy root in half, the plant will survive. Place your splits in a shady spot and allow knife wounds to air dry as you work.

Time to Replant the Daylily

Dig a hole slightly larger than the root of the lilies division. Make a mound of native soil mixed with compost in the center of the planting hole and place the roots on this mound.

The point where the leaves join the roots (the crown) should be at the same depth as the surrounding soil; don't plant too deep. Carefully fill the hole with soil, removing air pockets. Water the transplant well to get it off to a good start.

Caring for Daylilies After Transplanting

Now that you have successfully excavated and transplanted your everyday divisions, start caring for them as you would seedlings. Any plant that is uprooted from its earthly fortress, exposed to dry winds, and suffers root damage, will need a little loving to return to its full glory.

Constant watering is the most important element in achieving a healthy day. Water lilies need proper watering in the spring to form new shoots, and a deep drink that penetrates eight to ten inches into the soil will encourage transplants to form healthy root systems. Water at the base of the plants rather than the tops to reduce the chance of the foliage becoming wet, stimulating fungal diseases like everyday rust.

Use a balanced granular or liquid fertilizer to feed the plants about two weeks after transplanting as they begin to show signs of new growth.

During the growing season, use a combination of hand pulling, weeding, and mulch to remove weeds that compete for sunlight, soil nutrients, and water. Keeping piglets free of weeds also prevents insect pests, such as slugs and thrips, from having a place to hide and breed.

In no time, your new daylilies will be lush, green, and will feature new branches and flower buds.

Enjoy This Video Tutorial About Dividing and planting Daylilies

Source: Garden Time TV

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