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Archive for Sunday, July 15, 2001

Multiply, then divide

July 15, 2001

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Joy Martin, owner of Hickory Ridge Gardens south of Lawrence, is an experienced daylily grower.

"Daylilies can easily be divided now if care is taken to water (them) well," she said.

Martin offers these instructions to divide daylily plants:

Dig up an overgrown daylily clump and separate it with a sharp knife or spade. Discard any unhealthy sections. In summer, trim the leaves of a divided clump to allow the plant to establish a strong and healthy root system.

Dig a hole about 12 inches to 14 inches in diameter and depth for the newly divided daylily.

Pile a cone of soil in the center of the hole. Place the plant atop the cone so that the roots radiate outward and do not crowd each other.

Replant to the same depth as the original plant.

Refill the hole with soil and water well. Newly divided and transplanted daylilies should be watered weekly with an inch of water.

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