How to Plant Asian Daylilies


Asian daylilies (Hemerocallis fulva) are also known as tiger lilies or common daylilies. These hardy perennials originated in China, Japan and Korea. They grow up to 4 feet tall, with blooms as larges as 6 inches wide. The foliage is bright green with large leaves, and the stems grow tall, above the leaves. The large blooms are typically red to orange with a yellow base and stripes or spots present when they initially bloom. Asian daylilies tolerate drought, flooding and heat stress and most soil types. They are free of pests and will grow well in full sun or light shade. You can plant Asian daylilies either from bulbs or from seeds, but propagating from seeds is a very lengthy process.

Planting Asian Daylilies from Bulbs

Step 1

Prepare the garden bed by digging holes that are at least 6 inches deep and 4 inches wide. The holes should be 18 to 24 inches apart.

Step 2

Gently place the bulbs of the daylilies directly into the hole. Cover with soil up to 1 inch above the top of the roots. Lightly tamp the soil in place.

Step 3

Place mulch around the base of each plant and water thoroughly. Daylilies require at least 1 inch water per week for optimal health and growth.

Planting Asian Daylilies from Seed

Step 1

Fill seed flats with sterile soil. Sow seeds 1 inch apart and cover with 1/4 inch of sterile soil.

Step 2

Place seed flats under grow lights. Asian daylilies need 14 to 16 hours of light per day.

Step 3

Moisten soil evenly. Apply a low nitrogen fertilizer when watering the seeds. They require watering and fertilization every two weeks.

Step 4

Fill flower pots with potting soil. Bulbils (miniature bulbs) are ready to transplant in approximately eight to ten weeks. Carefully remove individual bulbils and place into flower pots. Cover with soil up to the crown (top of the bulb where the stem begins to emerge). Transplant mature bulbs (takes approximately two to three years to reach maturity) into a prepared garden bed.

Things You'll Need

  • Prepared garden bed
  • Hand trowel
  • Bulbs
  • Mulch
  • Seeds
  • Seed Flat
  • Sterile soil
  • Grow lights
  • Fertilizer
  • Flower pots
  • Potting soil


  • Lilies: An Illustrated Identifier and Guide To Cultivation; Richard Bird; 1996
  • University of Rhode Island: Daylily culture
  • Growing Lilies from Seed

Who Can Help

  • Day Lily Care: Caring for your Daylilies
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Currently residing in Myrtle Beach, SC, Tammy Curry began writing agricultural and frugal living articles in 2004. Her articles have appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Farm Chronicle and Country Family Magazine. Ms. Curry has also written SEO articles for She holds an associate's degree in science from Jefferson College of Health Sciences.