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Sheila Hodgens, Spokane, WA
Thank you for the fast delivery of my orange daylily. I thought it would arrive next week but was surprised to see the package arrived this morning. I cannot wait to plant this tomorrow. I will send you a picture when it gets bigger. I wanted a plant nursery near me, but your ship, so it's a perfect fit!
Alex Chen – Springfield, MO
Otherwise known as the hemerocallis fulva in scientific terms, the orange daylily is a species of daylily native to Asia. A widely grown ornamental plant in temperate climates, it is well-known for its striking flowers and ease of cultivation. While not a true lily in the genus Lilium, it gets its name from the superficial similarity of its flowers to Lilium and that each flower is short-lived, with a life span of only one day. As an offhand bit of information, did you know that its scientific label of Hemerocallis means "beauty for a day?" The orange daylily goes by other names, such as the tawny daylily, corn lily, tiger daylily, fulvous daylily, or the ditch lily.
Cultivated in Asia for millennia, the Chinese considered daylilies as having both edible and medicinal properties. A couple of specific daylily species were introduced to Europe over four hundred years ago, with additional species introduced in the 1800s, 1920s, and even more recently. Daylilies have been grown for ornamental and herbal properties. Daylilies have spread throughout Europe in the 1500s and the 1800's—at the time, daylilies were initially part of the genus Lilium before botanists reclassified them into the genus Hemerocallis.
Daylilies are well-suited to many different uses in the garden and landscape, unlike most perennials. Shorter, more compact varieties work well when planted directly into perennial borders, where the blooms provide a welcome mid-summer boost. They thrive in warm zones globally, tolerate general soil conditions, do not suffer hassle from diseases or pests, and bloom for years with little maintenance. In groups of three or five, daylilies are ideal for landscape paintings, especially when paired with grasses and shrubs. They are also the perfect flowers for mass plantings along a fence or a walkway, where they'll form a dense, weed-proof display. When grown in full shade, the number of buds would be minimal and nothing awe-inspiring—daylilies are at their best when it has uninterrupted morning sun with a reprieve from the afternoon sunshine.
Flower breeders and horticulturists have a fascination with daylilies, and there are now thousands of variously named cultivars. They group these cultivars in various ways, such as bloom time, flower color, scape height, and flower form. For example, in choosing early-, mid-, and late-flowering cultivars, your daylilies will bloom through most of the summer—and if you mix various heights, flower colors, and flower shapes, you can have a diverse selection of flowers each day.
There are also different categories that professional horticulturists use, which include the terms "diploid," "tetraploid," "miniature," "dormant," "evergreen," or "semi-evergreen," and "reblooming." Diploids have twenty-two chromosomes in the plant, and they tend to have more numerous, though shrunken flowers than tetraploids, and a graceful, almost romantically old-fashioned form. Tetraploid daylilies have forty-four chromosomes, and they tend to have more extensive, more intensely colored flowers and diploids—along with that, they get support from more robust, sturdier scapes. Miniature daylilies have compact varieties ranging from twelve to twenty-five inches tall. Their flowers are smaller, too; this variation is an excellent choice for small spaces and planting directly in the perennial border. Dormant cultivars die back into the ground regardless of the weather, and they grow best in cold climates. The evergreen or semi-evergreen daylilies have foliage that remains as they are all winter, especially in temperate areas. Finally, reblooming daylily cultivars blossom many times during the summer—in general, daylilies have a main bloom period in the summer, followed by intermittent blooms up until the frost comes in. You will have to remove old flower heads to encourage reblooming.
As mentioned, daylilies love to hog up full and uninterrupted sunlight, preferably at around six hours a day on moist, well-drained soil. In hot climates, darkly-colored cultivars should receive some afternoon shade to help retain their deep color. When planted in an ideal location, daylilies can flourish with relatively little maintenance. They would not even require fertilization other than a yearly addition of compost. If you live in the North, you should plant daylilies during the spring to give them plenty of time to be established in the winter; if you live in the South, plant the daylilies in spring or fall while temperatures are low.
The first thing you have to do is to amend the soil with compost before planting, and you must space the plants twelve to eighteen inches apart so that the crown is at least an inch below the surface. Next, water the daylilies generously and mulch with bark or straw to conserve moisture and prevent weeds from growing. While they are pretty hardy and resilient when established, young daylily transplants should be kept barren of weeds and well-watered during the first year. While daylilies have relatively few pests, they have a genus-specific disease which is actually a type of rust and has been spreading around and attacking these plants. To keep this disease in check, keep the area around the daylilies open and spacious, remove diseased foliage and water plants if rainfall is insufficient where you live.
Another routine maintenance required when growing daylilies is to divide them; depending on their growth rate, daylilies clumped together may get crowded after four to five years, and flowering will diminish. Late summer is the best time to divide these plants, especially in most areas, but early spring is an alternate option in the North, especially if the weather quickly turns cold in the autumn. To do this, you must first dig up multiple clumps and put them in a tarp, and you must use a sharp knife or a blade to separate healthy young plants with robust root systems. Next, cut back the foliage and replant immediately in a compost-amended soil or plant in containers—this will give you abundant plants from each clump to give away or sell. After this, you may discard any small or diseased plants.