Getting to know the Daylily
Daylily Hemerocallis (hem-ur-oh-Kal-is) Meaning in Greek "beauty for a day" differ from Lilium that grows from a bulb (Easter Lily, Star-Gazer). The roots of a daylily are fibrous. Each blossom lasts only one day. It's buds form on a leafless stem called a Scape, rising well above the leaves. Those of the true lily bloom on the same stem as the foliage.
Dip: Diploids have one set of chromosomes.
Tet: Tetraploids have two sets of chromosomes, and are in most cases larger than Dips.
Dor: Dormant foliage in winter.
Sev: Semievergreen foliage.
Evr: Evergreen year round, less hardy in the northern climates.
Ext: Extended blooming period of more than 16 hours.
Frag: Fragrant flowers, as determined by breeder.
E: Early bloom time
M: Middle bloom time
L: Late bloom time
Daylilies need little care. Here are some tips that will keep them looking great!
Sun: Daylilies love sun! The more sun, the more blooms. Daylilies can grow in any light condition.
Water: Daylilies will tolerate very dry conditions, however, a good watering will produce a higher bud count.
Soil: Daylilies will grow in almost any soil. Soil should be friable and humus rich with a balanced PH.
Mulching: Be sure not to bury the crowns of the plants with mulch. The crowns need to breathe.
Deadheading: If you pinch off the spent blooms it will not only make your daylilies neater in appearance, it will stop your daylilies from going to seed.