How to Care for Daylilies in Winter


Daylilies are showy perennials available in many different varieties and colors. They are incredibly resilient and are capable of thriving in almost any environment. The flowers only last for one day, but each plant produces such an abundance that the brief life of the bloom is hardly noticeable. While daylilies are hardy in USDA zones 3 through 9, you should provide the plants with added winter protection in regions that experience harsh winters.

Step 1

Water the daylilies whenever the soil feels dry, up until the first hard freeze of the season. This will help ensure that the root system is healthy enough to withstand winter.

Step 2

Cut the foliage back to within 5 to 6 inches of the ground. You can do this any time after the leaves have begun to dry and turn brown.

Step 3

Add a 3-inch layer of organic mulch around the daylilies. Check the plants throughout the winter to make sure that the covering hasn't been disturbed. Replace the mulch as necessary.

Step 4

Remove the mulch in spring, after all danger of frost has passed.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Organic mulch


  • University of Minnesota Extension: Growing Daylilies
  • The Little Green Daylily Care
  • Daylily Meadows: Winter Care for Daylilies
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Annita Lawson has been working as a freelance writer since 2004. Her work has been published in various web and print outlets, including The Dabbling Mum, A Virtuous Woman, and Pediatrics for Parents. Lawson is pursuing an Associate of Arts degree at Southeast Kentucky Community College. She enjoys sharing all that she has learned about parenting, healthy eating and living a frugal lifestyle.