How to Make Daylilies Bloom


Daylilies have become a perennial favorite in many gardens throughout North America. Their ability to thrive in most any soil conditions, low maintenance requirements and natural resistance to most insects make them a welcome garden addition for new and veteran gardeners alike. B. Rosie Lerner, of the Consumer Horticulture Department at Purdue University, reveals that the daylily actually started out as a roadside weed, but its beautiful colors and hardiness eventually won it a place in the garden.

Step 1

Water daylilies adequately. Daylilies require a minimum of 1 inch of water per week to produce healthy blooms.

Step 2

Place mulch around the base of the plant. This helps the soil to retain its moisture between waterings.

Step 3

Provide adequate sunlight. Daylilies need five to six hours of sunlight per day to remain healthy.

Step 4

Divide clumps of daylilies that are three to five years old. Reduced blooms are often a sign that division is necessary. The best time to divide is in the early spring or late summer.

Step 5

Apply a liquid fertilizer to the leaves. The addition of a nutrient-rich fertilizer will help the daylilies produce blooms.

Step 6

Remove the seed pods from expired blooms. When the seed pods are removed, the plant stores the nutrients that would have been channeled to the pods back into its roots, ensuring the daylilies have adequate nutrients to produce blooms the next flowering season.

Tips and Warnings

  • Daylilies grown in containers need extra winter protection, if they are to be kept outside. Bury the pot in the soil or cover with a thick layer of mulch to prevent damaging the plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Mulch
  • Liquid fertilizer


  • Cornell Cooperataive Extension: Dazzling Daylily Days
  • Purdue University: Daylily Has Humble Beginnings

Who Can Help

  • The United States National Arboretum: Guide to Dividing Daylilies
Keywords: daylily care, daylily blooms, dividing daylilies

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Sophia Darby is a former professional hairstylist who has spent the last six years writing hair-related articles for both online and print publications. Her work has appeared in Celebrity Hairstyles Magazine, as well as multiple websites.