Divide Those Daylilies!

— Written By Diana Rashash
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Photo of a daylily

Daylilies – A summer favorite. Photo by D. Rashash

If you haven’t divided your daylilies in the past four years, then now is the time to do so. Horticulture experts recommend that clumps be divided in late summer and early fall.

The dependable daylilies, members of the genus Hemerocallis, provide a multitude of brightly colored flowers in mid summer. As their name implies, each individual flower lasts only one day, but the large number of flowers on each stem can provide a three-week period of bloom for most cultivars.

There are nearly 60,000 different daylily cultivars that range in color from near white through yellow, orange, and red, to brown and violet. These tough perennials have a reputation for low maintenance and require little in the way of special care. Daylilies are very adaptable and can be grown in almost any soil in every corner of the country. I like to use them in areas where I have large beds. They are also useful in areas to help prevent soil erosion, especially when mixed with Liriope, coneflower, and a couple of inches of mulch. Make sure the daylilies have room to spread, and won’t be crowded out by other plants.

They bloom best if given full sun, and they produce more flowers if they are divided periodically. Division is also a great way to expand your planting and share plants with gardening friends. Here in southeastern NC, now is a good time to divide your daylilies. This will give their roots time to grow before winter comes.