How to Grow Day Lilies From a Seed


Daylily is a word that ecompasses a variety of flowering plants in the genus Hemerocallis. These are perennial plants that open their flowers at dawn and close them in the evening, thus the common name. Native to Asia, they are so beloved that there are an estimated 60,000 cultivars of daylilly.

Step 1

Place a paper towel in a plastic bag and add 2 tsp. of water. Place daylily seeds in the bag, on top of paper towel. Seal the bag and place it in a refrigerator.

Step 2

Put seed-starting mix into a gardening flat to within 1/2 inch of the rim.

Step 3

Check the bag daily to see if any seeds have sprouted. Remove them as they sprout.

Step 4

Plant the seedlings 1/2 inch into the soil in the seeding flat. Remove and plant any daylily seeds that have not sprouted at the end of four weeks. Water the soil in the flat with a misting bottle until the soil is moist but not soggy.

Step 5

Place the flat in an area that gets lots of light, but out of direct sun; a sunny room, away from windows, is ideal.

Step 6

Transplant the daylily seedlings into the garden after the last frost date. Place a 2-inch layer of mulch over the seedlings if the weather turns cold again.

Step 7

Water the daylily seedlings enough to keep the soil moist but not saturated. Watering more frequently during hot spells may be necessary, so check the young plants periodically.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towel
  • Plastic bag
  • Gardening flat
  • Mulch


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