Daylilies too big?

Jayme Renee
by Jayme Renee
I have some daylilies along a fence ( I will post pics shortly) and I'm wondering if it's possible they have overgrown the space. Can daylilies get too big and can I cut back some of the green foliage? They have just now started to show a few blooms, so I don't want to ruin that by cutting back the green leaves.
  10 answers
  • Donna Nelson Donna Nelson on Jun 13, 2013
    Divide them and make another bed somewhere else or give them to family and friends.
  • Jayme Renee Jayme Renee on Jun 13, 2013
    If I divide them now will I lose out on the blooms for this year?
  • Peg Peg on Jun 13, 2013
    I'm assuming they are Orange daylilies? They grow wild here. I have hundreds. I have had success transplanting them when they have buds and they still bloomed. Get them right in the ground again. I use a "transplant" solution to keep plants from going into shock. Make sure you take a big clump of soil with the roots/tubers when you move them. They are quite hardy. They will spread more each year and can be invasive.
  • Bonnie Richards Bonnie Richards on Jun 13, 2013
    lets hope they are not the day lillies that we here in mo. call them ditch lillies!! and even spray to kill them very evasive and will take over your other day lilly's . get rid of them now!!
  • Jayme Renee Jayme Renee on Jun 13, 2013
    Nope they are the yellow daylilies. They are just so big! I want to split them but Im not sure if I should wait till fall or do it now. I would hate to miss out on the blooms.
  • Kimberly Barney Kimberly Barney on Jun 13, 2013
    Wait until Fall to separate the lillies.
  • Bonnie Richards Bonnie Richards on Jun 13, 2013
    will day lillies take over my irises? I bought rebloomers and love them, made a bed next to lillies , did i screw up?
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Jun 14, 2013
    You should definitely wait until after they bloom to divide them, Jayme. Otherwise you'll stress the plants and may well lose the blooms for this season.
  • Waiting til they bloom is the safest way to go. Just be sure to water them well when you transplant, and they should do really well. When the leaves start to get yellow in mid-summer, you can cut daylilies down to the ground and they will grow new foliage that will look nice all the way to Thanksgiving. Read more on my blog post:
  • Donna Nelson Donna Nelson on Jun 14, 2013
    Divide them in fall after they bloom.