Getting Rid Of Day Lilies

I have a day lily that is growing like a weed. It is taking over my entire lily patch, including my beautiful lilies that I have had for over 20 years. I am currently trying to dig them out, they are about 5 feet tall. They are multiplying like crazy. Has anyone else ever had this problem? Any ideas on what to do?

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Charlotte from Kingston, TN

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July 11, 20080 found this helpful

Hi, Good luck. I have completely dug them out twice now and they keep coming back. The actual roots are down too far and I don't get them all. Keep watching for them to start growing and dig them out. You can't pull them out because they break off. Loretta

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July 11, 20080 found this helpful

These sound like Tiger Lily's and, yes, tough to get rid of ... I found that you have to dig down about a foot to a foot and a half and then sift through the dirt to make sure you have all of the tubers, many of which are no larger than a dime. Anyway, once you do that, any tubers that you might have missed will be growing a baby plant which is quite easy to dig up :-) Might take til the next growing season to get them all but then you'll be home free to enjoy the more well mannered Lily's :-)

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July 11, 20080 found this helpful

I would put up a listing on Craig'sList and add a photo, so people could come get divisions. You can chop them out with an ax or hatchet. If you decide to keep some, keep them in a container. If you must use a chemical, I would go with Crossbow, not Roundup. Find it in a feedstore.

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July 12, 20080 found this helpful

I would put a sign at the road. "FREE DAY LILY, YOU DIG." Someone would be thrilled to get a free mature Day Lily, I know I would!

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July 12, 20080 found this helpful

Are you sure it is a "day" lily and not the orange "tiger" lily? Day lily has a bulbish root, the tiger lily has scraggly small roots. I had some growing out of the side of my house and had dug them out, time and time again, but this year, I really got down in there and gently pulled...I think I got all the roots cause it's been a while and there isn't any growth there now. I planted them in my flowerbeds along the curb sidewalk where people seem to have a tendency to "pop" my other flowers off when blooming, plus it gives it a bit of the orange color there. I don't care if they mulitply at the new spot.

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July 17, 20080 found this helpful

I had this problem...I contacted the local "garden club" and asked them if they wanted them for their plant sale....they came out and dug them up....being careful to get all the roots and bulbs...and they left my lilies untouched....I had a mixture of day lilies and tiger lilies to give away....now I only have my "lily lilies"!! Also, our local parks are always happy to receive plant donations...make sure you get ALL the root or bulb material!!

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June 6, 20090 found this helpful

The old-fashioned "wild" daylily is orange-colored and has a light green leaf that is long and not very wide. It has small roots that break off easily and grow.Tiger lilies are orange with black spots on the flowers and have a dark green leaf that is wider than the daylily's. It also has seeds produced at the joint of the leaf and stalk. It also has a bulb made up of scales.Now that the identity of each has been cleared up- the tiger lily is easily dug up if you get all of the bulb and the seeds that fall. The daylily is very hard to get rid of. A note of interest-the Tawny Daylily or Roadside Daylily is an import from England orginally. I am guessing that the one you have is the daylily since it is being such a Pain to get rid of. Good Luck.

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June 28, 20100 found this helpful

They're back! My beautiful day lillies' roots have been invaded by the orange day lily monster. My lillies are blooming beautifully, but when I dig them up to divide them, the roots are an absolute mess with the tubular roots of the orange lily attached all over the original root. I have tried picking some of the "wrong" roots off, will this help? Or are my pretty lillies gone forever after this year? Has anyone had this experience? I have hundreds and hundreds of beautiful day lillies and I'm afraid they are all ruined. Help anyone? Thank you.

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