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When I moved to my present home, I inherited a big, unruly bed of faded orange daylilies. For a while I contemplated getting rid of them, but the bed was large and well-established and it seemed like a lot of work. Then I become friends with an avid daylily collector, and before you know it, I was exploring the many (MANY) types of daylilies available. With the hundreds and hundreds of different lilies growing in his garden, I was certain he had one of the largest collections in the world. That is, until I found out there are more than 50,000 daylily cultivars!
Planting daylilies is best done in the spring or autumn. Recommended spacing is 18 to 24 inches apart, just below the surface of the soil. Planting holes should be only slightly larger than the root mass.
Dividing daylilies is not required, but it can invigorate plants if they become crowded and overgrown. Plants can be divided anytime they are not flowering.
Rare varieties of daylilies can command prices as high as $300 a plant among avid collectors. Don't worry though, there are thousands of fabulous varieties available for the rest of us in the $3 to $10 range. A quick search online will put you in touch with many resources for collecting daylilies and point you toward instructions on how you can hybridize your own to create totally new varieties. The American Hemerocallis Society (www.daylilies.org) contains information on every aspect of growing and collecting daylilies, including databases, publications and calendars for local, regional and national club activities.
This is a guide about daylily photos. Daylilies are available in a wide variety of sizes and colors. Some even bloom repeatedly throughout the summer.
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Karen L. from West TN
I'm assuming that the orange daylilies you are talking about are common daylilies, (Hemerocallis fulva), also referred to as Tawny Daylilies, Orange Daylilies, or Roadside Ditch Lilies by some. Common daylilies are considered invasive plants in many parts of the United States. That's because they are usually willing to grow almost anywhere and in almost any type of environment-sun, shade, drought, monsoon, rich soil, or poor soil. Once orange daylilies establish themselves, they are hard to kill even with chemicals.
Common Orange Daylilies do not set seed. Instead, they spread slowly by way of underground rhizomes. Mixing them in with other colors is not the primary concern. As Beth already stated below, these flowers are incredibly resistant to insects and disease so they have a tendency to grow into huge colonies and out-compete nearby species. Many gardeners have planted them only to be unable to get rid of them later. It's not recommended that you plant these in the midst of other perennials, or anywhere that you do not want them to spread.
For information about daylilies, visit the American Hemerocallis Society at http://www.daylilies.org/
The reason people say that all of the daylilies will turn orange is because the wild orange ones are very aggressive. They don't turn the others orange, they choke them out. So you can plant other colors with the orange, but you need to be watchful and make sure that the wild ones don't get too surly. They're easy enough to thin out, though.
No do not do that. The orange ones will choke and kill your other plants and flowers.
Does anyone know what they are, where they come from and how to get rid of them? They destroyed my daylilies. We are in the Toronto, Ontario, Canada area. Please help.
Bad news ! they are more famous for finding shelter in great numbers inside houses during the winter than for any damage they do to plants. They are Boisea trivittata, Boxelder bugs, they are attracted by some trees including, the box elder tree, the female maple tree, because they primarily feed on these tree's seeds.
If you do not want to remove the tree or if the trees are not yours you can try to wipe their seeds from the ground in the automn. Here is a site for more information :
Hope this helps !
I may have planted day lily bulbs that already had roots too deep in ground. What should I do? Its been about 2 weeks since planting and I still haven't seen any growth. I planted them about 4-6 inches deep with the top of the crown not at soil level.
Hardiness Zone: 9a
By charley from Corpus Christi, TX
I think you have to give them more time-- another week or two before doing anything. It's good that the roots are getting established, although I know it's hard to wait for the top growth. Here's more from a gardening site:
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I had gotten a package of "mystery" seeds. They turned out to be daylilies. I posted the orange one a little while ago. The apricot ones are just as beautiful. I got lucky, as the two colors coordinate well together.
I got a pack of "mystery seeds" a few years back. Imagine my delight when I saw these magnificent flowers bloom. These flowers come back every year. I hope you think they are as beautiful as I do.