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Frequently Asked Questions

about the Roadside Daylily

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Hemerocallis 'Europa' in bloom
Roadside Daylily 

Q    How far apart should the Roadside Daylily be planted ?
A   In most cases, 6-12 inches apart will be satisfactory.
      The following table provides an exact number of plants, based on the size of your planting area.
Your choice Planting Area (sq ft) You will need
of spacing multiply by plants per sq ft
12 inches apart X 1.00 1 plant
10 inches apart X 1.44 1.44 plants
8 inches apart X 2.25 2.25 plants
6 inches apart X 4.00 4 plants
As an example —                    
You choose
10 inches apart
Your area measures
4 ft X 20 ft = 80 sq ft
Multiply 80 X 1.44
You will need
115 plants

Q    When is the best time to plant the Roadside Daylily ?
A    There is no preferred time. But, fall plantings in frost-prone regions will need to be mulched for good survival over their first winter.

Q    Are plantings of the Roadside Daylily Guaranteed ?
A    Yes. All our Daylily plants are Fully Guaranteed.

Q    How should I prepare the planting area ?
A    Your planting area should be prepared like any planting bed where you would plant perennials, annuals or vegetables. All grasses and weeds should be removed first. Do not use a rototiller or digging fork first, as this will chop up grasses and weeds. Many of these small chopped grasses and weeds will quickly re-establish themselves as a bed full of weeds. Rototilling, or turning with a digging fork, after removal of the original grasses and weeds will make planting easy with a hand trowel. If you plan to improve poor soil with any kind of compost, aged manure or peat moss, this also is done best before planting.

Q    How soon will the foliage fill out and cover the ground ?
A    Growth will occur mainly in the warm summer months. During the first summer of this growth you will have an attractive planting. The density of the foliage in the first couple of years will depend upon how far apart the initial plants were spaced. During the second summer you will have a lot of bloom.

Q    Do I have to weed the new planting ?
A    Yes. For several months following planting you should prevent fast-growing weeds from overtaking your new plants. Frequent light cultivation is often much easier than waiting for the weeds to become large and troublesome. During the second summer of growth you may need to weed only 3-4 times. During the third summer, the dense foliage will suppress most weeds, and a single weeding may be sufficient.

Q    Should I mulch the planting ?
A    Generally, "yes". Fall plantings in frost-prone regions must be mulched for good winter survival.

Also, spring and summer plantings will often benefit from a mulch, first to suppress many kinds of weed growth, and second to retain soil moisture. However, if you find that your local weeds come right up through your choice of mulch, then you may discover that controlling weeds is easier without any mulch.

Q    Do I have to divide the Roadside Daylily plants ?
A    No, the plants cannot be divided. They send out rhizomes of 4 to 12 inches in length until the entire planting becomes a solid mat. If you want to extend the planting, or start a new one elsewhere, you could dig up a small part of this solid mat, and separate the individuals by pulling them apart in your hands. This would give you a fine set of additional plants for a new planting.

Q    When does the Roadside Daylily bloom ?
A    Here in Connecticut (Zones 5 & 6), late June and early July (Early). In warmer regions, bloom will begin earlier.

Q    How high does the Roadside Daylily grow ?
A    The foliage is from 12 to 20 inches high, depending upon soil and sunlight. The flowers stand at about 44 inches, sometimes higher in semi-shade.

Q    What if I make the bed bigger 2-3 years from now ?
A    You will need some additional plants. You can either purchase more plants, or you can dig some of the plants in your original planting, pulling them apart by hand into as many as you need for the extended bed.

Q    How winter hardy is the Roadside Daylily ?
A    It is fully winter hardy, surviving in Quebec, northern Minnesota, and Anchorage, Alaska.

Q    Will my Roadside Daylily planting bloom this year ?
A    If planted in the spring, an occasional oversize plant may bloom. If planted in the summer or fall, none of the plants will bloom the same year. However, summer and fall plantings will bloom quite well the next year, and the following year they should all bloom heavily.

Q    Will the Roadside Daylily grow out of the bed into my lawn ?
A    Yes. The Roadside Daylily extends itself in all directions at the rate of 4 to 12 inches per year. It will become intermingled with lawn grasses, shrubs, ground covers, and any other perennial flowering plants, including other daylilies. It is best not to plant the Roadside Daylily where its removal from desirable nearby plantings will cause continual annual efforts on your part.

Q    Is there another orange Daylily which will stay right where I plant it ?
A    Yes. Both Princess Irene and Orangeman are excellent and much-admired hybrid Daylilies which will grow permanently only in the exact spot where you plant them.

Q    Should I remove old blossoms ?
A    The old blossoms will dry and fall off in 2-3 days. If you require a very tidy appearance for a special occasion, you may wish to remove them by hand that morning.

Q    Should I cut back the leaves in the fall ?
A    No. In most situations the dying leaves of fall and winter will not be ugly and will create a good mulch for the following spring. This will suppress future weed growth.

Q    Should I cut back the leaves in the summer ?
A    Not normally. Sometimes it is recommended to cut the foliage back to 3-5 inches following the flowering period. This is not at all necessary, but the continuing growth of fresh young leaves would show more fully. The overall effect from mid-summer to mid-fall would then be of bright new foliage.

Q    Should I remove flower stalks after they bloom ?
A    No. There is no need to do this, though it would improve the appearance of your planting. If you choose to cut back the foliage in the summer (cf. previous Question), then you will be cutting off the flower stalks ("scapes") at the same time.

Q    Do I need to remove seed pods ?
A    No. The Roadside Daylily is sterile, incapable of ever forming seeds or seed pods.

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