Magazine article Sunset

Lilies That Dazzle Day after Day

Magazine article Sunset

Lilies That Dazzle Day after Day

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These hardy beauties reward you with repeat bloom

Hybrids of the genus Hemerocallis are called daylilies for an obvious reason: each flower lasts only for a single day. Chances are you won't even miss it, for often the very next morning one or more new blossoms pop open. The bloom cycle is likely to continue for weeks or even months, thanks to daylily growers who've bred this repeat-flowering habit into plants. But blooms aren't the whole show: the arching, sword-shaped leaves form handsome clumps.

Order plants now (see sources above). When the tuberous roots arrive, get them into the ground right away. Planted by late May, they'll produce a few flowers their first summer. Daylilies grow in almost any soil. Give them full sun (light shade in the hottest inland areas). Pick off blooms as they fade; when all flowers on the stalk have bloomed, cut it to the ground.

Established plants need only light water during bloom. Apply a balanced granular fertilizer four times each growing season. About every three years, dig up the clumps in late fall or early spring, divide them into sections, and replant the divisions immediately. …

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