Buying Daylilies Online
1. What will you get?
A good root system is most important, what you receive should have firm
roots. Roots are long, slender, and fibrous or they may be enlarged
into spindle-shaped tubers with additional roots at their bases. Tops
should be trimmed back and may be thin (especially in miniature cultivars)
or as big around as a man's thumb. Sizes vary during different times
of the season. A single fan (SF) division should have at least one
growing point or fan.
Extras? We often ship smaller increases as bonus with your order and many times you will get a 2-fan division or, if you have ordered multiples, a mix of single and double fan divisions. It just depends on the cultivar.
But I expected to get a BIG clump!!! Daylilies will multiply and form a clump in your garden over the next couple of years. See the picture for an example of a 3-fan division (variety is 'Joan Senior'), the size if the individual fans is about 1/2 inch diameter.
2. What Type Should I Plant?
While daylilies grow from Alaska to Florida, not all daylilies will grow well in all climates.
If you live in the north where winters are harsh, avoid the evergreen cultivars and do your planting in spring. If you live in a more temperate zone, avoid the dormant cultivars which often require a cold period to perform well.
This does not indicate that a particular cultivar will not do well in your area. Sometimes (especially with newer cultivars) the plant has only been grown in a warmer region and no one really knows how it will perform in a colder climate and vice versa.
Take a look around the gardens in your area and see which cultivars do well and catch your eye! Plant the ones you like!
3. How Do I Plant Them?
Most daylilies do best in full sun.
A good guideline is to use the daylily color. Light colors do better and show stronger colors in full sun, while darker colors that absorb the heat quicker do better in partial shade. At least 6 hours of sun is required for good blooms.
Plant the daylily with its roots spread out so that the crown is about one inch deep in the soil (the crown is the area of the plant where the roots all come together). In the north, planting a little deeper is recommended but daylilies planted too deep will not grow properly. Water plants thoroughly after planting, and continue to deep soak them at least weekly until established. If they do become dried out during shipment, soak well for at least 15 minutes before planting. Although daylilies are drought-tolerant once established, consistent watering while budding and flowering will produce better-quality flowers.
Daylily prices can vary from a few dollars for a double fan to up to two hundred dollars or more for a single fan.
Generally, prices are determined by supply and demand. The more popular and rare a cultivar, the higher the price. New cultivars are often the most expensive, as the supply increases or demand drops, the price will drop.
Are cheaper varieties not as good as the more expensive ones? Not necessarily. It often just means that there is more of that cultivar available.
Daylilies are propagated by division.
Daylily seeds DO NOT come true and one can not grow more of the
same variety from the seeds!
Dividing is usually done after flowering, but plants will tolerate division throughout the entire growing season. Lift the entire clump or cluster out of the soil with a garden fork. To separate a clump into individual fans, shake the clump to remove as much soil as possible, using the water hose if necessary, then work the roots of individual fans apart.
Patented plants will have a patent number or indicator that a patent has been applied for. Patented plants may not be propagated in any way, shape or form without the owner's permission or until the patent term has expired.