How to Grow Daylilies From Seed


There are more than 35,000 officially-named varieties of daylilies. Daylilies come in a wide range of colors and cannot only add a great deal of beauty to any garden, but can also serve as a good ground cover. Daylilies can grow in a wide range of locations, even in northern climates, and prefer plenty of sun. Starting daylilies from seeds is a project any gardener can easily undertake.

Step 1

Refrigerate your daylily seeds if your seeds are collected from daylily seed pods as opposed to being purchased at a nursery or other outlet. Place freshly-gathered seeds in a baggie with a little peat moss and a tbs. of water and leave the baggie in your refrigerator for 3 weeks. Plant any seeds that sprout in the refrigerator, although hopefully few will.

Step 2

Prepare your soil for planting. Use your spade to turn the soil at least 6 inches deep, breaking up dirt clods and making the soil very lose. Mix in peat moss until your garden is about a 50/50 mixture of soil and peat moss. Water lightly to dampen the soil.

Step 3

Plant your daylily seeds in the spring ofter all danger of frost has passed. Lay your seeds on top of the soil and cover them with a very thin layer (no more than 1/4 inch) of peat moss. Water very gently with a sprinkler until the soil is damp but not overly wet.

Step 4

Continue to keep the soil damp but not too wet. Most daylily seeds will sprout in anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks, although some varieties can take considerably longer, so be patient.

Things You'll Need

  • Daylily seeds
  • Baggie
  • Peat moss
  • Small spade


  • How to Grow Daylilies From Seed
Keywords: daylilies from seed, propogate daylilies, sprout daylily seeds

About this Author

Larry Parr has been a full-time professional freelance writer for more than 30 years. For 25 years he wrote cartoons for TV, everything from SMURFS to SPIDER-MAN.