How to Plant and Space Daylilies


Daylilies may be one of the most accommodating and dependable flowering plants grown in flowerbeds and landscapes. Gardeners of any skill level enjoy the prolific blooms and rich green foliage that daylilies add to growing areas. Plant new daylily plants in the spring or in the autumn, paying special attention to the planting depth and plant spacing. The daylily plants will grow into attractive additions to any sunny landscape.

Step 1

Use the garden spade to cultivate the soil down to a depth of approximately 12 inches. Add 4 inches of compost to the top of the soil and work this in with the garden spade.

Step 2

Dig holes for the daylily plants that are about 2 inches deeper and wider than the root systems of the plants. Space the holes 1.5 feet apart. Use your hands to make a small hill (a few inches high) in the center of each hole.

Step 3

Remove the daylily plants from the temporary containers and use your hands to separate the roots along the edges. Place a daylily plant in each prepared hole, setting it on top the hill you made in each hole. Spread the roots around the sides of the center hill of each hole.

Step 4

Fill soil in around the roots of the daylilies. Make sure that the crown of the daylily plants (the point where the stems connect with the roots) is 1 inch below the soil surface.

Step 5

Provide a generous amount of water immediately after planting the daylily plants. Water the daylily plants if 1 inch of rain does not fall within a one-week period.

Step 6

Add 2 inches of shredded mulch around the base of the daylily plants to prevent weed growth and conserve moisture in the soil.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden spade
  • Compost
  • Shovel
  • Daylily plants
  • Shredded mulch (bark or leaves)


  • Daylilies
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