Daylilies are some of the prettiest flowers that you can plant in your garden. If you have yet to plant them in your yard, you’ll be in for a treat when you do.
Many choose to grow them because they add color to the area. They can help to make your yard cheery and inviting if you choose to make use of them.
How long do daylilies bloom, though? Do they last for a long time or are they short-lived?
Read on to learn more about what you can expect while caring for these flowering plants. You’ll also get information on how you can make them bloom for as long as possible.
The Blooms Only Last One Day
Individual daylily blooms are incredibly short-lived. In fact, the reason why they’re called daylilies is that they’re only going to stick around for a single day.
This might make you sad since you want the pretty flowers to remain in your gardens for as long as possible. You don’t need to be wary of daylilies just because the individual blooms die off quickly.
You see, daylilies can continue to bloom for quite some time. They produce more blooms, and you’ll be able to enjoy a constant stream of blooms for many months.
All you really need to do is ensure that you’re caring for the plant properly. So long as the needs of the plant are being met, it’s likely that you’ll be able to see daylily blooms very often.
How Long Will Daylilies Continue to Flower?
Daylilies can continue to flower for quite some time under the proper conditions. Some have reported having them flower for eight months.
You might have your daylilies flower for a little less time than that depending on where you live and how you care for them. Even so, it’s good to know that they can continue to produce blooms for such a long period of time.
It makes it so that you can enjoy them for the majority of the year. Standard daylilies will usually bloom from June through July.
Then there are varieties of daylilies that are a bit different. There are some that are known as re-blooming varieties that can appear again during the late days of summer.
Special daylilies known as everbloomers have been known to produce flowers for even longer stretches of time. They have the potential to bloom from May all the way up to December.
This is only going to be possible with specific varieties, of course. There are many different types on the market that you can choose from.
Some are designed to bloom early in the spring while others are meant to fill fall gardens with colorful flowers. You should take the time to find a daylily option that makes sense for your garden and is what you want.
This does mean that answering the question above is somewhat difficult. The true answer is “it depends.”
Pay attention to the specific type of daylily that you’re purchasing. Get information about it so that you understand its needs as well as its blooming period.
How Daylilies Keep Producing Flowers
Even though daylilies have individual blooms that become spent after one day, they continue to produce blooms. This is because a single flower stem can produce multiple blooms.
It isn’t unheard of for one of these stems to have nine flowers or more. Many different stems can develop on one plant, and then you’ll have the potential to see many blooms during the proper season.
One bloom will be spent, but others will bloom and keep your garden full of color. These are very cheerful and fun plants to enjoy during the summer months.
You can also make the process better by taking certain actions. If you know how to deadhead your daylilies, you’ll be able to keep them blooming for much longer.
What Is Deadheading?
Deadheading is a process where you will cut spent blooms from the stem. This is done to conserve energy and encourage plants to produce more blooms.
Taking the time to do this will drastically increase the number of blooms that you’ll see in a growing season. Not only can deadheading keep your plants blooming longer, but it has the potential to extend the season past their normal limits.
All you have to do is cut the blooms that are spent away from the plant. Use a pair of gardening shears or pruning shears to get the job done.
You want to make the cuts right at the base of the blooms. It will take a bit of effort to deadhead daylilies since the blooms only last one day, but it’s worthwhile if you want them to look their best.
Deadheading will ensure that they look much better than usual. It’ll keep them looking as pretty as possible during the blooming season.
It’s also going to make the plants produce many more flowers. By getting rid of dead blooms swiftly, you’re allowing them to send more energy to the stalks so that more flowers can be produced.
This is a very simple process that anyone is going to be able to learn how to do. You don’t have to be a botany expert to learn how to deadhead flowers.
Your daylily plants will also produce seed pods. When you go to cut the blooms, you might see developing seed pods below where you made your cuts.
These seed pods are going to develop along with the blooms. If you don’t do anything to them, they’ll grow in conjunction with the blooms.
This is fine, but you can actually make the daylilies bloom more by removing the seed pods. You see, the seed pods require energy to keep growing.
You might want the seed pods to grow if you’re hoping to grow more daylilies in the future. Many people choose to leave at least a few of them alone so that they’ll have seeds to utilize later on.
If your goal is simply to extend the blooming season, you’ll be better off removing the seed pods. When you go to cut the spent bloom off of the flower, you’re going to want to do so at the base.
If you cut too high, you’ll leave the seed pod on the plant. This will make sure that the developing seed pod is cut away along with the spent daylily bloom.
Getting this done isn’t difficult, but it’s important to point the seed pods out. Some of those who are new to the idea of deadheading flowers might make their cuts too high if they don’t know to look out for them.
Knowing about deadheading will ensure that you get great results with your daylilies this year. There are other things that you can do to help the blooms become as beautiful and abundant as possible.
Ensure that your daylilies are growing in soil that is rich in organic materials. Otherwise, the plants won’t have enough energy to continue to produce blooms rapidly.
You could fertilize them every so often to help them out. It’s recommended to use a high-quality nitrogen-rich fertilizer during the spring.
Using liquid fertilizer will be fine, but you can also use slow-release fertilizer if you’d like to. Some have had great results by simply giving the daylilies compost or well-rotted manure.
Just remember to use something that is high in nitrogen and you’ll see the flowers thrive. It’s likely going to be worthwhile to fertilize your plants.
Giving the flowers enough water is another factor that you should pay attention to. Some make the mistake of ignoring daylilies since many varieties are drought-tolerant.
Even if they don’t need a lot of water to survive, it’s going to be better to pay attention to their needs. Giving them enough water will make it so that they will have more energy to keep producing flowers.
You don’t want to go overboard with watering the plants, of course. Too much water can be worse than not watering the plants enough in some ways.
Daylilies really do love water during the growing season, though. Giving them an inch of water each week should be appropriate.
If your area gets enough rainfall, you might not need to water the flowers yourself. Try to pay attention to the rainfall numbers so that you’ll have a good idea of what to do.
You now know what needs to be done to take care of your daylilies. Individual blooms only last for a day, but the plants can continue to produce blooms for quite some time.
How long they’ll keep blooming depends on various factors. There are different varieties out there that bloom during different times of the year.
Some of them can bloom for quite a long time. You can also prolong the blooming season by using good deadheading practices.
This isn’t difficult to do, but it’s worthwhile when you want your flowers to look as nice as they can. Combine this with good fertilizing and watering practices to get the best results each year.
Growing up with a mom who filled her home (inside and out) with all sorts of plants, Lisa got her start in gardening at a young age. Living now on her own with a home and yard full of plants (including an indoor greenhouse), she shares all the gardening tips she’s gained over the years.