How to Propagate Your Daylilies


Daylilies are one of the most commonly propagated flowers in gardens today. They come in an array of colors and you can plant early, mid-season and late bloomers for a full season of beautiful blooms. Daylilies come from the genus Hemerocallis, which in Greek means "beautiful for a day." Each bloom only lasts for one day but new blooms will open on the plants for four to seven weeks. There are daylilies that can be used in almost every part of the landscape. The plants are often propagated by division.

Step 1

Lift the plant from the soil with a garden fork, taking three inches of extra soil all the way around so as not to damage the roots. This is best done right after flowering or in the spring when new growth is just beginning.

Step 2

Rinse off the extra soil leaving just the clump of roots to work with. The leaves come together to form what look like fans. The clump can be cut apart with a sharp knife, making sure each section has at least one fan. Cut the leaves off six inches above the crown. The crown is where the roots meet the foliage.

Step 3

Prune off some of the older, weaker-looking roots to ensure the growth of new roots. Roots that are brown or slimy should be cut away too.

Step 4

Plant the sections of root clumps immediately back into the bed at least two feet apart. Place the crowns one inch below the soil surface.

Step 5

Water immediately after planting and keep the soil moist throughout the growing season. Do not let the roots sit in standing water.

Step 6

Mulch the area around the new clumps to help retain moisture and keep the area free of weeds.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden fork
  • Sharp knife
  • Pruning shears
  • Garden spade
  • Mulch


  • University of Florida Extension: Daylilies for Florida
  • Perdue University: Daylily Has Humble Beginnings
  • Iowa State University: Daylilies
Keywords: propagating daylilies, seperating clumping plants, dividing perennial flowers

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Dale DeVries is a retired realtor with 30 years of experience in almost every facet of the business. DeVries started writing in 1990 when she wrote advertising and training manuals for her real estate agents. Since retiring, she has spent the last two years writing well over a thousand articles online for Associated Content, Bright Hub and Demand Studios.