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Daylilies are rugged, adaptable, vigorous perennials that endure in a garden for many years with little or no care. Daylilies adapt to a wide range of soil and light conditions. They establish …

Daylilies are rugged, adaptable, vigorous perennials that endure in a garden for many years with little or no care. Daylilies adapt to a wide range of soil and light conditions. They establish quickly, grow vigorously, and survive winters with little or no injury. Daylilies belong to the genus Hemerocallis and are not true lilies. This Greek word is made up of two parts: hemera meaning day and kallos meaning beauty. The name is appropriate, since each flower lasts only one day. Some of the newer varieties have flowers that open in the evening and remain open until the evening of the following day. Many of these night blooming plants are delightfully fragrant.

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  • 1. A Plants Home A Guide to Creating a Beautiful Property Garden A Plants Home The Soil Annuals Perennials Trees & Shrubs Water & Marsh Design Garden Structures Pests Natural Gardens Chickens Winter Care A Recipes Home Organic vs Non-Organic Hemerocallis - Daylily The definitive website on plants & horticultureHemerocallis - Daylily Daylilies are rugged, adaptable, vigorous perennials that endure in a garden for many years with little or no care. Daylilies adapt to a wide range of soil and light conditions. They establish quickly, grow vigorously, and survive winters with little or no injury. Daylilies belong to the genus Hemerocallis and are not true lilies. This Greek word is made up of two parts: hemera meaning day and kallos meaning beauty. The name is appropriate, since each flower lasts only one day. Some of the newer varieties have flowers that open in the evening and remain open until the evening of the following day. Many of these night blooming plants are delightfully fragrant.How to Grow this Plant:Characteristics Family: Liliaceae Height: 1.5 ft. to 3.5 ft. Size: Width: 0.67 ft. to 2 ft. Plant Category: perennials, Plant Characteristics: low maintenance, Foliage Characteristics: evergreen and deciduous, Foliage Color: green, Flower Characteristics: erect, can be fragrant, showy, yellows, ornage, pink, lilac, red and Flower Color: pastel shades deer, drought, heat & humidity, Tolerances: pollution, rabbits, seashore, slope, wind,Requirements Bloomtime Range: Late Spring to Late Summer USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 to 10 AHS Heat Zone: 1 to 12 Light Range: Part Shade to Full Sun pH Range: 4.5 to 8 Soil Range: Mostly Sand to Mostly Clay Water Range: Dry to Moist Plant CareFertilizingFertilization for Annuals and PerennialsAnnuals and perennials may be fertilized using: 1. water-soluble, quick release fertilizers; 2. temperature controlled slow-releasefertilizers; or 3. organic fertilizers such as fish emulsion. Water soluble fertilizers are generally used every two weeks during thegrowing season or per label instructions. Controlled, slow-release fertilizers are worked into the soil usually only once during thegrowing season or per label directions. For organic fertilizers such as fish emulsion, follow label directions as they may vary perproduct.LightConditions : Full SunFull Sun is defined as exposure to more than 6 hours of continuous, direct sun per day.WateringXeriscapingXeriscaping is a method of planting which promotes naturally drought tolerant plants and water saving methods. Muchconsideration is given not only to the plants chosen for the design, but the design itself. Lawns are greatly decreased in size andusually located in the center of plantings at a lower grade as to catch any runoff. Shrubs requiring the most water, areconservatively used and thoughtfully placed, where they may be easily watered, preferably from runoff, and moisture conserved.There is a strong emphasis on using native plants, which a purist will do exclusively. At the very least, improved cultivars ofnatives are highly recommended.Irrigation maybe used to supplement watering, but takes a creative turn in the form of drip systems and recycled catch water.Organic mulches in the form of compost, straws, and barks are also used to retain as much water as possible. In extremely dryareas, it is not uncommon for gravel and rocks to serve as the mulch.A xeriphytic landscape is one that takes your particular site into consideration. A plant that maybe considered low water usagein one area of the country, may not be in another area, due to climatic stresses.Conditions : Regular Moisture for Outdoor PlantsWater when normal rainfall does not provide the preferred 1 inch of moisture most plants prefer. Average water is neededduring the growing season, but take care not to overwater. The first two years after a plant is installed, regular watering isimportant. The first year is critical. It is better to water once a week and water deeply, than to water frequently for a fewminutes.Conditions : Moist and Well DrainedMoist and well drained means exactly what it sounds like. Soil is moist without being soggy because the texture of the soilallows excess moisture to drain away. Most plants like about 1 inch of water per week. Amending your soil with compost willhelp improve texture and water holding or draining capacity. A 3 inch layer of mulch will help to maintain soil moisture andstudies have shown that mulched plants grow faster than non-mulched plants.Conditions : Normal Watering for Outdoor PlantsNormal watering means that soil should be kept evenly moist and watered regularly, as conditions require. Most plants like 1inch of water a week during the growing season, but take care not to over water. The first two years after a plant is installed,regular watering is important for establishment. The first year is critical. It is better to water once a week and water deeply, thanto water frequently for a few minutes.PlantingPlanting PerennialsDetermine appropriate perennials for your garden by considering sun and shade through the day, exposure, water requirements,climate, soil makeup, seasonal color desired, and position of other garden plants and trees.The best times to plant are spring and fall, when soil is workable and out of danger of frost. Fall plantings have the advantagethat roots can develop and not have to compete with developing top growth as in the spring. Spring is more desirable forperennials that dislike wet conditions or for colder areas, allowing full establishment before first winter. Planting in summer orwinter is not advisable for most plants, unless planting a more established sized plant.To plant container-grown plants: Prepare planting holes with appropriate depth and space between. Water the plantthoroughly and let the excess water drain before carefully removing from the container. Carefully loosen the root ball and placethe plant in the hole, working soil around the roots as you fill. If the plant is extremely root bound, separate roots with fingers. Afew slits made with a pocket knife are okay, but should be kept to a minimum. Continue filling in soil and water thoroughly,protecting from direct sun until stable.To plant bare-root plants: Plant as soon as possible after purchase. Prepare suitable planting holes, spread roots and worksoil among roots as you fill in. Water well and protect from direct sun until stable.To plant seedlings: A number of perennials produce self-sown seedlings that can be transplanted. You may also start yourown seedling bed for transplanting. Prepare suitable planting holes, spacing appropriately for plant development. Gently lift theseedling and as much surrounding soil as possible with your garden trowel, and replant it immediately, firming soil with fingertipsand water well. Shade from direct sun and water regularly until stable.ProblemsPest : ThripsThrips are small, winged insects that attack many types of plants and thrive in hot, dry conditions (like heated houses). Theycan multiply quickly as a female can lay up to 300 eggs in a life span of 45 days without mating. Most of the damage to plants iscaused by the young larvae which feed on tender leaf and flower tissue. This leads to distorted growth, injured flower petals andpremature flower drop. Thrips also can transmit many harmful plant viruses.Prevention and Control: keep weeds down and use screening on windows to keep them out. Remove or discard infestedplants, keep them away from non-infested plants. Trap with yellow sticky cards or take advantage of natural enemies such aspredatory mites. Sometimes a good steady shower of water will wash them off the plant. Consult your local garden centerprofessional or county Cooperative extension office for legal chemical recommendations.Pest : Spider MitesSpider mites are small, 8 legged, spider-like creatures which thrive in hot, dry conditions (like heated houses). Spider mitesfeed with piercing mouth parts, which cause plants to appear yellow and stippled. Leaf drop and plant death can occur withheavy infestations. Spider mites can multiply quickly, as a female can lay up to 200 eggs in a life span of 30 days. They alsoproduce a web which can cover infested leaves and flowers.Prevention and Control: Keep weeds down and remove infested plants. Dry air seems to worsen the problem, so make sureplants are regularly watered, especially those preferring high humidity such as tropicals, citrus, or tomatoes. Always check newplants prior to bringing them home from the garden center or nursery. Take advantage of natural enemies such as ladybuglarvae. If a miticide is recommended by your local garden center professional or county Cooperative Extension office, read andfollow all label directions. Concentrate your efforts on the undersides of the leaves as that is where spider mites generally live.Pest : Slugs and SnailsSlugs and snails favor moist climates and are mollusks, not insects. They can be voracious feeders, eating just about anythingthat is not woody or highly scented. They may eat holes in leaves, strip entire stems, or completely devour seedlings and tendertransplants, leaving behind tell-tale silvery, slimy trails.Prevention and control: Keep your garden as clean as possible, eliminating hiding places such as leaf debris, over-turnedpots, and tarps. Groundcover in shady places and heavy mulches provide protection from the elements and can be favoritehiding places. In the spring, patrol for and destroy eggs (clusters of small translucent spheres) and adults during dusk and dawn.Set out beer traps from late spring through fall.Many chemical controls are available on the market, but can be poisonous and deadly for children and pets; take care whenusing them - always read the label first!Pest : AphidsAphids are small, soft-bodied, slow-moving insects that suck fluids from plants. Aphids come in many colors, ranging fromgreen to brown to black, and they may have wings. They attack a wide range of plant species causing stunting, deformed leavesand buds. They can transmit harmful plant viruses with their piercing/sucking mouthparts. Aphids, generally, are merely anuisance, since it takes many of them to cause serious plant damage. However aphids do produce a sweet substance calledhoneydew (coveted by ants) which can lead to an unattractive black surface growth called sooty mold.Aphids can increase quickly in numbers and each female can produce up to 250 live nymphs in the course of a month withoutmating. Aphids often appear when the environment changes - spring & fall. Theyre often massed at the tips of branches feedingon succulent tissue. Aphids are attracted to the color yellow and will often hitchhike on yellow clothing.Prevention and Control: Keep weeds to an absolute minimum, especially around desirable plants. On edibles, wash offinfected area of plant. Lady bugs and lacewings will feed on aphids in the garden. There are various products - organic andinorganic - that can be used to control aphids. Seek the recommendation of a professional and follow all label procedures to atee.Fungi : RustsMost rusts are host specific and overwinter on leaves, stems and spent flower debris. Rust often appears as small, brightorange, yellow, or brown pustules on the underside of leaves. If touched, it will leave a colored spot of spores on the finger.Caused by fungi and spread by splashing water or rain, rust is worse when weather is moist.Prevention and Control: Plant resistant varieties and provide maximum air circulation. Clean up all debris, especially aroundplants that have had a problem. Do not water from overhead and water only during the day so that plants will have enough timeto dry before night. Apply a fungicide labeled for rust on your plant.MiscellaneousEdibles : Edible FlowersSome flowers are edible or have edible portions that are not only beautiful, but nutritious and tasty. Buds, flowers, leaves,stems, and roots are selected from designated edible varieties. Plant as you would a regular flower, but use only organicpractices. If you are not a total organic gardener, separate growing areas should be used for the growing of edible flowers.When portions of edible flowers are desired, pull petals or edible portions from fresh flowers and snip off the petals from thebase of the flower. Remember to always wash flowers thoroughly making certain any residue or dirt has been removed. Givethem a gentle bath in water and then dip the petals in ice water to perk them up. Drain on paper towels. Petals and wholeflowers may be stored for a short time in plastic bags in refrigeration. Freeze whole small flowers in ice rings or cubes. Makesure you know what the flower is before you eat it; have an accurate identification done.Conditions : Erosion ControlPlants that help to control erosion have fibrous root systems that help to keep soil intact. Leaves and the overall form of a plantcan prevent erosion by breaking up water droplets before they hit the ground, lessening splashing and runoff.Glossary : Low MaintenanceLow maintenance does not mean no maintenance. It does mean that once a plant is established, very little needs to be done inthe way of water, fertilizing, pruning, or treatment in order for the plant to remain healthy and attractive. A well-designed garden,which takes your lifestyle into consideration, can greatly reduce maintenance.Getting the Most Out of Cut FlowersCut flowers bring the garden into your home. While some cut flowers have a long vase life, most are highly perishable. How cutflowers are treated when you first bring them home can significantly increase how long they last.The most important thing to consider is getting sufficient water taken up into the cut stem. Insufficient water can result in wiltingand short-lived flowers. Bent neck of roses, where the flower head droops, is the result of poor water uptake. To maximizewater uptake, first re-cut the stems at an angle so that the vascular system (the ""plumbing"" of the stem) is clear. Next immersethe cut stems in warm water.Remember when the flower is cut, it is cut off from its food supply. Once water is taken care of, food is the resource that willrun out next. The plants stems naturally feed the flowers with sugars. If you add a bit of sugar (1 tsp.) to the vase water, this willhelp feed the flower stems and extend their vase life.Bacteria will build up in vase water and eventually clog up the stem so the flower cannot take up water. To prevent this, changethe vase water frequently and make a new cut in the stems every few days.Floral preservatives, available from florists, contain sugars, acids and bacteriacides that can extend cut flower life. These comein small packets and are generally available where cut flowers are sold. If used properly, these can extend the vase life of somecut flowers 2 to 3 times when compared with just plain water in the vase. Botanical Name listing of Plants Index: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z   Common Name listing of Plants Index: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z The alpha listing contain thousands of plants with useful information about your plant of interest. Do you want to learn how to plant a shrub, tree, perennial or a vine? You can learn how hardy the plant is before you plant it in your garden. Do you want to know the common name of the plant... its provided. How to Fertilize your Trees, shrubs, annuals or perennials and general plant care... WOW! 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