How to Propagate Daylilies From Seed


The daylily (Hemerocallis) is a quick spreading and particularly rugged perennial flower that will thrive in a garden for several years with little care. Daylilies get their name for their many blooms that gradually open for only a day each. Plant daylilies as border shrubs or as ground cover for hilly areas. The effort of starting daylilies from seeds will pay off with a colorful and easily maintained addition to your flower garden.

Step 1

Fill flats or pots 3/4 full with a soilless potting mixture. Place seeds on the mixture 2 inches apart and cover them with 1/4 inch of potting mixture.

Step 2

Thoroughly moisten the mixture and place the pots or flats in a well-lit window or under growing lights. Keep your seedbeds out of direct sunlight and keep the soil moist while the seeds germinate.

Step 3

Choose a sunny area of your garden to transplant your daylily seedlings. The ideal location will provide six hours of direct sunlight with light shade in the afternoon.

Step 4

Transplant your daylilies to the garden when they reach a height of 6 inches and the last frost is over. Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the roots and incorporate 20 percent compost into the removed soil. Place the root bundle into the hole and fill in soil around the base.

Step 5

Water your daylilies during dry spells to ensure they receive about 1 inch of water per week. Your daylilies will not flower during the first growing season but should continue to grow new leaves. Cover the soil with mulch in the winter to protect your newly established daylilies from cold temperatures.

Things You'll Need

  • Soilless potting mixture
  • Flats or pots
  • Watering can
  • Garden shovel


  • University of Minnesota Extension: Growing Daylilies
  • University of Rhode Island: Daylily Culture
  • Bulb & Bloom: Growing Day Lilies From Seed
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About this Author

Lydia Stephens began writing professionally in 2009. She has written online for Nile Guides, and various other Web sites and has been published in "Stringing Magazine" and "Xiamen Wave." Stephens played competitive soccer for 19 years, has been weight lifting since 2007 and enjoys running, biking and sailing. She has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of Texas.