I have been down and dirty again for the last 2 days. The orange Day Lily that started out as single little sprigs took over my flower bed. I did some other things as well. I weeded and weeded and weeded and pulled ivy vines and sculpted my landscaping all with the help of my weeding wonder tool and a shovel. In this post, I am going to show you dividing day lily.
This picture first appeared in Landscape Blood Sweat Tears and Itching. I remember thinking how sparse it looked and that ” I just can’t wait for all this to fill in”. But I never expected this!
I love Day Lily. but my plan was to have a mixture of colors and flowers in this area. The Lily had different plans. They loved their new home and completely took over! Honestly, I have NEVER had anything take over quite like this except maybe some mint I planted years ago.
I think it was the fact that we had trees cut down and the stumps ground in the area. Then we had fill dirt added and graded. The fill dirt combined with the ground up stump material made a perfect environment for them to spread like crazy! Needless to say some digging up and dividing of day lily was in order. Believe it or not there are purple cone flowers planted in there, somewhere!
The very best time to dig, divide, thin and transplant is in the spring or fall after a good soaking rain. The spring is especially good for thinning as the new Day Lily sprouts are shooting up. Before the end of the summer one Day Lily becomes three. By the Spring of the next year, well, you can see what happened!
With a shovel, get up under the Day Lily as deep as you can to get as much of the root as possible. When you first step on the shovel it may feel hard almost like a rock. You may be hitting roots or the root ball. Move the shovel further away and step on it again. After several times of stepping hard on the shovel you should be able to penetrate the ground. Do this in a circle all around the plant, going underneath as well.
Once the Day Lily is out of the ground, you can cut through the roots and divide with a sharp knife. I started out filling up buckets and boxes, putting them in the car and giving them away. Then the more I thinned the pile grew and grew. Soon I had enough to fill up the bed of my pick up so I tossed quite a few on the curb. If I owned some land, I could have started a bumper crop.
But I loved it. Things are shaping up nicely and I have found my purple cone flower underneath it all. Life is good…
Stay tuned for a post on how to thin day lily without digging them up and how I sculpted my bank with the weeding wonder tool!