How to Groom Daylilies for Shows


Daylilies (hemerocalis) are a blooming plant that produces vibrant blooms that only last for one day. Daylily enthusiasts frequently host daylily shows in which growers compete for ribbons and prizes. Ensure that your daylily is ready for its next show by bringing the proper tools for perfect grooming.

Step 1

Remove imperfect flowers from their stem petiole with pruning shears so that there are no traces of the flowers.

Step 2

Check with a magnifying glass that the flowers have all of their parts. Perfect daylilies have six stamens, three sepals and three petals.

Step 3

Remove seed pods from the plant with pruning sheers. Cut the seed pods back to their stem petiole.

Step 4

Remove brown buds and stems from the plant.

Step 5

Remove bloom scars or damaged spaces on the petals using cuticle scissors. Only keep the flower if the scars are on the edges of the petal and the petal can still be groomed to appear natural.

Step 6

Brush away dirt, insects and pollen from the plant using a small make-up brush.

Step 7

Cut the plant to an overall height of no taller than 30 inches using a measuring stick and pruning shears.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Magnifying glass
  • Cuticle scissors
  • Make-up brush
  • Measuring tape


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