How to Deadhead Daylilies


Daylilies are among the hardiest plants around. In areas with mild winters, they stay green all year round, and in the spring and summer sprout beautiful yellow to yellow-orange flowers. To encourage blooming, it is recommended you "deadhead" your daylilies so new blooms can develop. Dead flowers also sap energy and nutrients the daylily could otherwise use to produce new blooms.

Step 1

Go through the daylilies and snap off any old blooms with your fingers, making sure you get the seed head off as well. The seed head is at the very base of the flower. If you don't remove the seed head, it will eventually dry and split open, but generally the seeds are sterile--so it's much better to snip off the spent flower so a new one can develop.

Step 2

If there are no more blooms on a stalk, take a pair of clippers and snip it off at the very bottom, about an inch from its base. This will "trick" the flower into thinking it has lost a living stalk, so it will send up a new one. And new stalks mean new flowers.

Step 3

Remove any stalks that are already brown. Chances are you are too late for a new stalk to develop, but the less dead plant matter the better.

Tips and Warnings

  • When deadheading a daylily, be careful and check for new blooms hiding beneath dead flowers. You don't want to snap them off, as well.

Things You'll Need

  • Clippers
  • Gardening gloves


  • Life and Lawns
  • Backyard Gardening Blog
  • How to Deadhead a Daylily
Keywords: caring for daylilies, deadheading daylilies, how to encourage daylilies to bloom

About this Author

Thomas K. Arnold is the publisher and editorial director of Home Media Magazine and a regular contributor on entertainment to "USA Today", "The Hollywood Reporter," "San Diego Magazine" and other publications. An alumnus of San Diego State University, Arnold has appeared on such TV shows as "CNN", "E! Entertainment" and "G4's Attack of the Show" to discuss home entertainment and technology issues.