How to Grow Daylilies From Seeds


The day lily is a perennial flower that is native to Asia and comes in a wide variety of colors and shapes. Each individual flower lasts only one day but is grown together in clumps and is three to four inches in diameter. Each stalk will bloom for several weeks. The day lily is very easy to grow and blooms from late spring to early fall. It is drought resistant, grows with very little care and can grow in many different types of soil conditions.

Step 1

Plant the seeds in pots inside the home in early spring by using an all-purpose topsoil. Place the seeds on top of the topsoil and then cover with a half an inch more of the topsoil. Place the seeds in a bright window where they will the warmth of the sun for most of the day.

Step 2

Water the seeds daily. Keep the soil moist so that the seeds will germinate. It should only take a few days for you to begin to see sprouts in the soil. Continue watering them daily until the have reached a height of around six inches. After the flowers have been transplanted outside you will want to continue watering them with at least one inch of water per week.

Step 3

Transplant the seedlings into your garden after the last frost. You will be planting the flowers in late spring. Find a location that will allow the flowers to be in full sun. Place the flowers into the ground the same depth of the soil in the pot. One way to do this is to dig a hole the same size as the pot and then transplant the potting soil along with the plant into the hole. Divide the flowers so that there is two or three stems on each flower before you plant them.

Step 4

Add a two to three inch layer of mulch along the base of the flowers. The mulch will keep the roots of the flowers warm, will keep the soil moist and will help to control weeds.

Step 5

Apply a layer of organic fertilizer. A good manure fertilizer works very well. You may also apply slow release 13-13-13 fertilizers. Apply both very moderately while taking care to follow the instructions that come with the fertilizer.

Step 6

Gather the seeds in the fall after the flowers have bloomed and the seedpods begin to open. Place them in a plastic bag and put them in the refrigerator for planting next spring.

Things You'll Need

  • Seeds
  • Flower pots
  • Potting soil


  • Bulbs and Blooms
  • Daylillies
  • Growing Daylily
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Melanie Hammontree has a master's in business and is working on a master's in journalism from the University of Tennessee. She is a member of the Society for Porfessional Journalists and has been writing for five years. Works include publications with Hall County Crime Examiner, Player's Press and The Gainesville Times.