Fall Care of Day Lilies
When you need to fill a sunny landscape spot with a full and bright spreading plant, day lilies fit the bill ideally. With their long, slender leaves that grow in a thick abundance and their tall blossoms that rise above the foliage in mid to late summer, day lilies add a casual appearance to a landscape. Many gardeners appreciate the ease with which day lilies will thrive and grow, needing little care and coaxing to bloom actively. After the growing season ends, perform simple fall care of day lilies to prepare them for the upcoming winter season.
Mix the fertilizer with water according to package recommendations for the size of your day lily plants. Pour the fertilizer carefully over the day lilies to fertilize them a final time in the autumn. If you live in Southern regions, fertilize the day lilies in mid- to late autumn when temperatures moderate. If you live in Northern regions, fertilize the day lilies approximately two weeks after the plants quit blossoming.
Trim back the day lily plants to just above the soil level with the pruning shears when the foliage begins to fade and yellow. Collect the foliage in the bucket and discard it.
Cover the day lilies with a 4-inch layer of straw or hay after the first frost of the season. If you mulch the day lilies too early, you may attract rodents to the mulching area.
Day Lilies Bloom
Day lilies (Hemerocallis spp.) Best suited for U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 11, day lilies boast a long blooming season with a great variety of flowers and sizes available. Some flowers include two or more colors and can be single or double blooms. Day lily flowers appear on stalks called scapes. Regularly removing these blooms will keep the plant looking neat and encourage it to flower longer. Divide your day lilies after they finish flowering in the fall or in early spring. The end of the blooming season for day lilies, typically in fall, is a good time to add new varieties. Regular water during the bloom season will promote healthier flowers.
- Water-soluble fertilizer (13-13-13)
- Pruning shears
- Straw or hay mulch
- Flower Gardening Tips: Daylily Care for Autumn, Spring, and Summer
- University of Rhode Island Fact Sheet: Daylily Culture
- Oak Forest Technology Solutions: Daylily Culture
- University of California Marin Master Gardeners: Diverse Daylilies Are Easy to Grow
- National Gardening Association: Hemerocallis
- National Gardening Association: Planting Daylilies
- National Gardening Association: All-American Daylilies
- Botanica; R. G. Turner, Jr.