Plant Care & Gardening : How to Prepare Daylilies for Winter

Uploaded by eHow on 23.12.2008

Hi. This is Yolanda Vanveen from In this segment, we're going to talk about
how to prepare daylilies for Winter. Now if you live in a cold climate, you won't really
need to do a whole lot to your daylilies. You don't need to dig them up for the Winter,
because they can grow in very cold climates, down to -30 degrees. When the nights get cold
in the Fall, the leaves start to turn yellow, and they start looking really not very good.
So that is the best time to prepare your daylilies for the Winter. And here's a few tips. As
long as the leaves are green, they're getting photosynthesis. They have chlorophyll that's
taking the energy back down to the plants. They're multiplying. As soon as the leaves
start turning yellow or skanky in any way, they're not really doing anything for the
bulb. So at that time, it's best to just chop them off. And what I like to do is just chop
it right to the ground, right to the bulb. And in the ground, I would just leave everything
under the ground and just cut the greenery off and throw it in the compost pile. Sometimes
I knot it up or just try not to take a lot of space. Or I'll even put it right into the
ground next to the daylily, where it's at right now. I'll just cover the leaves right
under the ground, and it'll break down and make a great soil for next year. If you do
have a clump of daylilies that have totally multiplied and gone crazy, and you want to
divide them, then the Fall is the best time to divide them; when you're preparing them
for Winter. So right here is one big clump. But I can easily break into three nice size
clumps, or even more than that. And I just pull them apart gently. So these, as long
as there's a root and a stem, you can make your own new plant. So I would just divide
these back out and put them right back in the ground immediately, and put them more
into a triangle so that they're six inches or a foot apart even. That way, they have
lots of room to grow for the next year. And I'll have another large clump. I don't fertilize
them at all. If the soil looks like it's getting aged or compacted a bit, I might add some
more potting soil or more compost to the top of them, just to give them some more nutrition.
And it's good to do that every couple years, just put a little bit of compost on top of
them, just so that they have something to live off over the Winter. But daylilies are
very easy to take care of. If you live in a really warm climate, generally they'll come
back over the Winter, and they'll still stay green all year round. And just cut them back
whenever the leaves look bad, and they'll grow back immediately.