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|Dividing Daylily Clumps|
When to divide
Unlike many perennial flowers, Daylilies often bloom well for
many years without being divided to rejuvenate them. Most Daylily varieties will
excellent performance from their third to their eighth or tenth years----some, much
Soil conditions may be factors. Large Daylily clumps may respond well to yearly applications of organic fertilizer. Extra watering just before and during bloom season will often promote the full development of Daylily buds into flowers. Keeping a heavy mulch around the increasing clump will add to both soil fertility and moisture, as well as controlling weeds, and thus forestall dividing, too. If the amount of Daylily bloom does become sparse and unsatisfactory, despite these attentions, then it is probably time to divide.
How to divide
Small Daylily clumps of 5 to 10 fans of foliage are quite easy to
divide. Lift them from the ground with a 4-tined fork, getting as many long roots
as possible. Shake loose the soil, or clean it off with a hose, to see all the
roots. A large pocket knife or kitchen knife can then be used gently between the
fans to separate them. Try to cut as few roots as possible. Divisions of 2-3
fans are usually best, but single-fan divisions will grow well enough, too.
These 8-year old clumps of the
Daylily Gold Dust continue
to bloom beautifully.
They should not need dividing
for several more years.
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