How to Prune A Daylily


One of the most alluring traits of daylilies is the fact that they are practically care-free once well established. Still, as seasonal blooming activity skyrockets, even these low-maintenance perennials can begin to look a little shabby by midsummer. A little simple grooming and pruning is all that these gorgeous bloomers need from you to keep looking like bright, shining stars all summer long.

Step 1

Use clean, sharp shears to cut these beauties freely throughout the blooming season to enjoy in your indoor arrangements.

Step 2

Prune or pull yellow leaves from daylily plants throughout the season as they occur. Cut ragged leaves off about 2 or 3 inches above ground level all summer to maintain a nice appearance.

Step 3

Pick off wilted flowers the day after they bloom. Deadheading will keep the daylilies from producing seeds. It will encourage continuous summer flowering of ever-blooming varieties. This also keeps your plants looking tidier and more attractive.

Step 4

Cut flower stalks 2 or 3 inches above the base of the plant soon after deadheading.

Step 5

Prune daylily foliage back to about 6 to 8 inches tall in the heat of August. This will encourage maximum air circulation around your daylilies and help prevent diseases and insect infestations.

Step 6

Clean up all dead foliage and other plant materials in the fall prior to the first hard frost. This will go a long way toward preventing rot and reducing over-wintering diseases in your daylily beds. The activity will also send slugs and snails packing in search of more hospitable winter vacation resorts elsewhere.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean, sharp shears


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