By Mona Kneuss
Daylilies have a tendency to overcrowd one another if you do not divide them every 3 to 4 years. When this happens, your flower production will diminish. To keep them blooming to the best of their ability, I will tell you step by step how to divide them.
1. Cut your daylily back 4 to 6 inches. This will cut back on water loss while transplanting, and make your daylily easier to handle.
2. Dig all the way around your daylily. Try to keep the clump intact while lifting it from the spot.
3. Shake and wash excess soil from your daylily then inspect the roots for damage or disease. The roots should be firm and white or tan in color. If they are discolored or mushy, discard that portion of the plant.
4. Put your daylily in a box or tray of some kind with the label while you are prepare the soil to replant.
5. You now can add 2 inches of compost into your planting site and mix it about 6 inches deep. This will return nutrients to your soil.
6. Separate your daylily into sections of three or four stalks per clump. You will have several clumps when done.
7. Dig a hole twice the size and twice as deep as your daylily.
8. Make a mound in the middle of your hole with soil and set your daylily over it with the roots down around the mound.
9. Cover your daylily while firming the soil as you go, making sure the crown is no more than one inch below the soil level.
10. Water your daylilies making sure to get the roots thoroughly watered. You should keep the soil moist until your daylilies start to grow again.