How to Care for a Day Lilly


Daylilies are hardy and adaptable perennial flowers that are common sites in gardens and landscaped beds. Because they are so adaptable, they can grow in many climates and soil types, although they prefer a rich, well-draining soil. The fragrant flowers are available in many colors, including yellow, orange, purple, red and white. More than 35,000 cultivars are available, so virtually every home gardener should be able to find the perfect daylily for their garden.

Step 1

Plant daylily bulbs in a site that gets full sun, although the flowers often can tolerate some shade. Dig the planting hole deep enough to accommodate the roots without bending or damaging them.

Step 2

Water the plants immediately after planting and regularly thereafter so they get about 1 inch of water each week.

Step 3

Deadhead the plants throughout the spring and summer growing season. Remove the dying flowers by hand or with garden clippers.

Step 4

Remove any yellowing or brown leaves from the plants throughout the growing season to help the plant continue to produce new flowers.

Step 5

Cut back the dead foliage in the fall, when the growing season has ended. Cut the dead foliage off at the ground using garden shears or a garden knife.

Step 6

Apply a slow-release, low-nitrogen fertilizer to the daylilies in the early spring, before the growing season begins. Follow the label instructions for dosage.

Things You'll Need

  • Small shovel or trowel
  • Low-nitrogen fertilizer
  • Garden shears or a garden knife


  • University of Minnesota Extension: Growing Daylilies
  • White Flower Farm: Daylily Growing Guide
  • American Hemerocallis Society: Daylily FAQs
Keywords: caring for daylilies, growing daylilies, planting daylilies

About this Author

Meghan McMahon lives in the Chicago suburbs, where she spent six years as a newspaper journalist before becoming a part-time freelance writer and editor and full-time mother. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Eastern Illinois University in 2000 and has written for "The Daily Southtown" and "The Naperville Sun" in suburban Chicago.