Nervous about ordering a daylily? Don't be! Here's what you can expect:
1. Select daylilies that look like they deserve a spot in your garden!
2. Wait for a box to arrive with your new babies!
3. Find a spot in your garden a couple square feet around, and a hole a square foot wide and deep.
4. Use a quality organic soil amendment to help your hungry daylily feel at home!
5. Water in and watch your flower make itself at home. Ready to take the next step?
Below you can read more about the art and science of how I create a healthy environment for a daylily.
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Daylilies are easy to grow! But with some extra love and understanding, they will flourish!
Before I talk about planting your new daylily I’d like to say a few things about soil. Contrary to what some people seem to think all soil is not created equal. Soils are made up of particles. These particles are sand, silt, and clay. Soils can have varying percentages of the particles. Sand, the largest particle will have room for more air and water. Thus without irrigation can dry out faster. Sand will feel gritty in your hand. Silt is smaller and will have a more powdery feel to the hand. Clay the smallest particle can pack tight and leave little room for air and water and has a slick greasy feel to it. The analogy could be thought of like this; take a glass and fill it with marbles, which would be the sand. Then pour in BBs into the glass and have them fall in around the marbles this would be the silt. Next pour sugar in around the marbles and the BBs and this would be the clay. You can imagine that if the glass was nothing but sugar all those grains of sugar would have more area surface than the marbles or BBs. The point here is that the clay has more nutrient holding capacity but less space for air and water. This can lead to problems if too much water is applied and it cannot drain quickly enough.
Good soil structure is approximately 50% soil, 25% air and 25% water. So when you think of your soil as being too tight (heavy clay) add organic matter to create pour space. When you think of your soil as too loose add organic matter to give it more water and nutrient holding capacity. Another fascinating thing is that a handful of dirt has more living organisms than there are people on earth. We want to help nature create an environment for all these microscopic critters to live and flourish. To flourish they too need air and water. They are the players who have a symbiotic relationship with and help nourish your plants. These are just a few ideas on how to think about your soil.
So as you prepare your soil keep these things in mind. The plants that you receive from Teardrop Farm will be bare root. They will not be in a pot nor will they have any dirt or potting mix on them
Dig a hole about a foot across and a foot deep. If you have a heavy soil try to crumble it as best as you can. An important thing to remember is that you don’t want an air pocket right under the crown. Some people use some of the removed dirt to make a mound in the center of the hole. With this mound the daylily crown can be placed on it and the roots spread down the sides. Mix a shovel of compost and a good organic fertilizer with the backfill dirt and push in around the roots up to and just level with the crown, where the roots and foliage connect. My favorite fertilizer is fish emulsion. If you use fish emulsion put about 2 ounces in a water can and fill with water and pour over the dirt to settle it in around the roots. One negative thing about fish emulsion is that dogs are attracted to the smell and may dig in the dirt. The box stores have several good organic dry fertilizers including Milorganite and Alfalfa pellets. Dry fertilizers can be mixed with the backfill dirt then watered in to settle the dirt in around the roots. Like most plants daylilies like about an inch of moisture a week. So if planted into a flower bed of perennials they should preform just fine.
There’s an old saying about perennials; the first year they sleep, the second they creep and the third they leap. Although the fans you receive will be blooming size it may be a season or two before you see the full size and potential of your plant. Daylilies increase by fans. Quickly you will have multiple fans, multiple scapes and dozens upon dozens of blooms.