Meg's Daylilies, Western Australia

DAYLILY CARE

APRIL - MAY - JUNE - JULY

Now is the time your daylilies are going into their rest time over winter.

Remove dead scapes (flower stems), clean up dead leaves and apply a side dressing of N.P.K. Blue or your favourite garden fertilizer. Sheep, cow or horse manure are very good fertilizers and help build up sandy soil.

Look for proliferations (baby plants growing on scapes) and if required leave on scape until roots are forming, then remove leaving an inch or more of stalk below and above the small plant. Plant into potting mix and keep damp but not too wet or they may rot. As this is a form of vegetative propagation, you will soon have small plants that are the same variety as the parents.

Now is the time to divide very large clumps. Be aware that once plants are about four years old flowering may become less and flowers smaller. This indicates the plants needs to be divided. Some varieties multiply more rapidly than others do.

Even if you are not splitting up your clumps, you can still cut back the foliage and freshen up your plants if you wish. This also allows you to spray with an insecticide right into the base of the plant to control chewing insects right from the start.

AUGUST - SEPTEMBER

Apply side dressings of your favourite fertilizer. Increase watering to two good soakings a week if the weather is getting hotter in your area. Apply a good mulch and check water is soaking in, if not use one of the soil wetting products. Shredded paper dampened and covered with sheep manure makes a good mulch. You can top this with pea straw (or plain straw) as well. The difference mulch makes is amazing.


OCTOBER - NOVEMBER - DECEMBER
JANUARY - FEBRUARY - MARCH

Keep up the watering. Watch out for insect pests. Sit back and enjoy!

Now is the time to get together with other daylily lovers, admire each other's flowers and plan your swaps!

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