Post last updated: October 3rd, 2018

Remember that big box of plant loot I got from Meta’s? Need to refresh your memory, it’s the last photo here. I saw her on a Thursday and I planted the daylilies on Saturday. I cut off all but 3 inches of the daylily tops so they wouldn’t have to support all that foliage while re-establishing their roots.

There were so many daylilies in that copy paper box, I dug 27 holes and planted several daylilies in each hole. I made a semi-circle around the common milkweed (the tall mostly leafless stalks seen in these photos). I will plant more milkweed in that area next spring. Behind the milkweed, I planted three straight rows of daylilies. Here’s their growth progress over a three week period:

One week after transplantingNovember 7, 2015
One week after transplanting (that’s 3 clumps of Blue Daze behind the milkweed)
October 24, 2015


Second week after transplanting
Second week after transplanting (I hit them with some “blue” fertilizer)
October 31, 2015


Third week after transplantingNovember 7, 2015
Third week after transplanting (Yep, they are gonna make it!)
November 7, 2015

By the way, Meta grew all of these daylilies from proliferations on two of her daylilies. Proliferations are leafy shoots, sometimes with roots, that pop out on the scapes (bloom stalks) of a daylily. Not all daylilies produce proliferations but it’s a quick way to multiply your collection of a particular daylily that does produce them because proliferations are clones of the mother plant.

30 thoughts on “DAYLILY PROGRESS”

  1. I did not do the craft show. We have been in Scotland and it was just too much to try to get ready for the show.

  2. Awesome – you are gonna have one lovely flower bed in a few months. Sharing and receiving from a fellow gardener – way cool. I still have dreams of Meta’s lovely landscape. What zone is her garden in?

      1. Linda, they are repeat bloomers. They will bloom off and on for quite a while. Not as abundantly as the first round of blooms, but still very presentable.

  3. Wow, that is some impressively quick growing daylilies! That will look beautiful! I never planted daylilies until I received some from some from a fellow gardener, and now I am in love with them.

    1. Indie – I have lost about 5 of the daylilies I’ve purchased in the last 5 years. I’ve come to the conclusion, and Meta agreed when I asked her about it, that they have to be lifted every other year with a pitchfork to keep them from getting buried too deep.

  4. Interesting that your daylilies are growing. Mine are dying back in preparation for winter. The foliage is brown and soon you won’t even know they are there until next spring.

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