When is the best time to split and transplant Daylillies?

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    • Susan Susan on Oct 26, 2017
      I have had daylilies for (ahem) decades - ha - and you can transplant them just about ANYTIME actually... sometimes you have to (moving or if they're gifted etc.)
      just make sure the soil is sorta "muddy" when you set them in their new home - and I always fertilize (good ole Miracle Gro) when transplanting - no need to after that. They are SO hardy. If it's COLD when you dig em - give em some mulch to over-winter (pine needles, store-bought mulch - grass clippings - leaves) and NEVER cut their green - ever.
      Good luck
  • Holly Kinchlea-Brown Holly Kinchlea-Brown on Oct 26, 2017
    Now or wait until spring
  • Catherine Anspaugh Catherine Anspaugh on Oct 26, 2017
    If you live up not wait until spring. If you are in the Deep South you could do it now.
  • Wendell Cochran Wendell Cochran on Oct 27, 2017
    Fall and early winter are the best times to transplant about any kind of plant -- perennial, deciduous, evergreen, hardy bulbs, as long as the ground isn't frozen solid. Dig, divide, replant, mulch (not thick or heavy) and water, well, to settle the ground. Leave them and forget them until you see new shoots emerge from the ground, then reduce the amount of mulch so the soil can warm up. Replace the mulch when the new plants are three or four inches high and before it gets too hot in the summer. Don't apply any fertilizer when you transplant in the fall; Wait until after the plants begin to grow, that's when they will appreciate a boost of fertilizer. Replanting in the fall gives the transplants time to grow new roots before they become totally dormant in the freezing months of winter.
  • Sue Sue on Oct 31, 2017
    I live in Missouri where the climate can be mild or extremely hot. Transplant and/or divide the flowers during early spring when their stems and leaves appear or at the end of their blooming season. Be sure to put them in moist soil and fertilize as needed.
    These perennials are easy to maintain.

  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Oct 31, 2017
    I always do mine in the spring, when I see how close together they come up.
  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Aug 17, 2020

    Hi Tina, It's best to do it after they've flowered in the Fall or early Winter before it gets really cold. Just dig the whole clump up, shake off the excess soil, and pull the clumps apart with your hands. Trim any leaves so they're about a hand's height and then replant them. They probably won't flower in the first year while they're settling in, but by the second year they'll put on their normal beautiful display again.

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