DAYLILIES are the most common attraction in gardens for centuries. This originated in Central Europe and the Far East with just 15 different varieties. But now, there are over 34,000 hybrids for gardeners to choose from all over the world. Daylilies are tough plants that are not hard to maintain. They can thrive in many environments making them the most preferred choice for gardens all over the world.
All You Need To Know About Daylilies
Daylilies with a traditional name “Hemerocallis” which means “beautiful for a day” traditionally dies during winter and will resurrect by spring. Each of the Daylily bloom will last for one day. The good thing is that each flower stem has plenty of buds so the plant will be able to grow flowers for weeks. With the help of genetics, botanists were able to develop new varieties. These are also referred to as perfect perennials.
This plant is the perfect choice for covering bald slopes in your garden because of its ability to develop thick foliage that when it is in full bloom which can cover your garden with a carpet of flowers. What gardeners do is plant different varieties to create beautiful and colorful effects. The daylilies prefer the sun but can still have flowers with just 4 to 6 hours direct sunlight on a daily basis.
The Proper Way To Care For Daylilies
The earliest daylily bloomers will usually start from mid to late June and the blooms peak from July to August. The plant loves the sunlight. When you want to propagate your daylily garden, make sure that you transplant them every three to four years to make sure that it blooms at its best. Remember that when you plant in part-shade areas, this will produce fewer flowers compared to the ones that see direct sunlight. Still, they will thrive.
You can use any type of soil when planting daylilies, but most gardeners prefer well-drained clay and sand. Just make sure that the soil is slightly acidic at about 6 pH. If you want to fertilize your plants, use a mixture of nitrogen, phosphate, and also potash (5-10-15 or 6-12-12).
Daylilies – Are They Pet-friendly?
Our pets love to play around the garden. This is why we need to make sure that our plants are safe for them. However, there are speculations about the toxins that can be possibly found in daylilies that might be dangerous to cats and dogs. Though there are no solid evidences about this theory yet, it would still be safe to keep them away from daylilies. This is because when dogs or cats accidentally ingest daylilies, this can cause vomiting and they will start to get ill in just 2 to 3 hours. Once this happens, go to a vet right away.
When you want to grow daylilies, it is important that you know how to do it the right way. Knowing what the plant needs is crucial in maintaining them. It is best if you can check out more information about the plant, or join some “Daylily Societies” online to know more about caring and keeping them in full bloom most of the time.