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Digging and Dividing Daylilies


This daylily digging is tough. You've got to use a fork to dig them. Looks like you need a forklift instead of just trying to dig them out of there with a fork.

I'm out here with Colonel Conrad, daylily expert, and we're out here digging daylilies. Fall is the time to dig them so that you can plant them and they'll get established by spring. Now what happens is when you dig this muddy mess up, you come up with something, maybe an old bloom spike and a bunch of leaves, and whatever, of course mud on there, and you wash them off. Then you cut them back to a situation like this where they're cut off nice, and plant them where you dig a little hole and plant them up on a little ridge like that, but just cover them just this deep to where they won't wash out.

Daylilies are beautiful. They've been hybridized quite a bit from the wild ones that we're used to seeing in the ditches around southeastern United States all the way up North. So as you can see there's beautiful colors of them available and of course they should be planted in the fall so they give you beautiful spring bloom and into mid summer. However they usually don't come into the nurseries until after the first of the year. So if you want the address of a place to order some, also the top 12 daylilies for this area, send me a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Weekend Gardener, P.O. Box 380391 in San Antonio and that zip is 78280 and I'll send it to you. Send a self-addressed envelope.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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