How to Divide Hybrid Daylilies


Daylilies are deciduous perennial flowers that produce blossoms throughout the summer. Daylilies are available in a rainbow of colors, but not true blue or pure white. These flowers reach 8 to 60 inches tall. Daylilies adapt to a variety of soil, water and light conditions. They also resist insect pests and plant diseases. These plants multiply naturally without any special attention. Every four to six years daylilies need dividing to prevent overcrowding.

Step 1

Lift the entire clump of daylilies out of the soil with a garden fork in the late fall, winter or early spring. Do not use a shovel since it can damage the roots.

Step 2

Select the most vigorous daylily clumps from the edge of the cluster. Either discard the center or save it to produce more plants for the garden.

Step 3

Shake the soil off the roots and wash the roots off with a hose.

Step 4

Work the roots apart to separate the individual fans.

Step 5

Trim the top third off the leaves with a sharp knife to reduce transplant stress.

Step 6

Plant the daylily divisions as soon as possible or store them in moist peat moss in a cool, dark area.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid dividing blooming daylilies, since it interrupts the growing cycle. Daylilies do tolerate division any time during the growing season.

Things You'll Need

  • Daylilies
  • Garden fork
  • Water
  • Hose
  • Knife
  • Peat moss


  • Alabama Cooperative Extension System: Daylilies
  • Colorado State University Extension: Drawn to Daylilies
  • University of Rhode Island Fact Sheet: Daylily Culture
Keywords: dividing hybrid daylilies, propagating daylilies, daylily division

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Karen Carter has spent the last three years working as a technology specialist in the public school system. This position included hardware/software installation, customer support, and writing training manuals. She also spent four years as a newspaper editor/reporter at the Willapa Harbor Herald.