How to Transplant Day Lilies

Transplant day lilies in late summer. image by mrmac04:


Day lilies are the old-fashioned "one day" flowers that have been popular with gardeners for many years. Whether you are dividing your own day lilies, receiving them from a friend or purchasing the plants from a nursery, a gardener must know how to transplant them. Day lilies are easy to care for and will provide a garden with beautiful foliage and blooms for several weeks each summer.

Step 1

Prepare the planting area for the day lilies in late summer. This will enable the plants to establish themselves before winter. Dig a hole for each clump that is slightly larger than the cluster, then place a small amount of rich soil or compost in the hole. The proper planting depth is to have the crown of the plant not more than 1 inch below the soil.

Step 2

Trim any foliage from the day lily clumps to a height of 8 inches.

Step 3

Place the clumps into the holes, making sure that each clump is at the proper depth. Fill in the holes around the clumps with soil and pat the soil firmly into place.

Step 4

Water the newly transplanted day lilies generously. Give the plants approximately 1 inch of water each week during the first two weeks after transplanting.

Step 5

Mulch around the day lilies with wood shavings, wood chips, sawdust or straw to insulate the plants during the winter. Lay the mulch in a 2-inch layer.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Rich soil or compost
  • Day lily clumps
  • Water
  • Mulch


  • Day Lilies
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Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator and regular contributor to "Natural News." She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, crocheter, painter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. Hatter's Internet publications specialize in natural health and she plans to continue her formal education in the health field, focusing on nursing.

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