When spring and summer flowers run their course in the fall, it is time to start preparation for the winter, especially with flowers like daylilies. As daylilies and other perennials go dormant during the winter months, you will need to prep them in the fall to ensure they return in full flowering form in the spring.
Trim Them Back
Before the first frost trim off old, dead or brown leaves. You should also cut off any old blossoms that have turned brown or look like they are about to fall off. Doing this will protect your daylilies roots from rotting in the coming months and will insure healthy new buds in the spring. Clear away the ground around your perennials as well as this will prevent slugs and snails from finding a home undiscovered by gardeners when the flowers bloom again in the spring. These pests can be detrimental to the bulbs even when they are dormant.
Divide Daylily Bulbs for a Healthier Garden
Once you have trimmed your flowers and they have gone completely dormant for the winter, you can divide the bulbs and replant them in other locations to not only insure their success, but also increase the number of flower plants in your garden. Make sure that you are choosing similar locations as before which has the same amount of sunlight and proper drainage. A new location will be crucial to whether or not divided bulbs will thrive.
Also, be prepared to make sure that the soil you transplant your bulbs in before winter is properly fertilized and ready for your updated garden. Using mulch or even compost might be necessary to insure healthy growth in the springtime as well as to protect the soil from weeds or other unwanted plants. Not only will it protect the bulbs from weeds, the mulch will keep it warmer during the winter months. It will also prevent the bulbs from sprouting too early in the spring, thus having a longer, more prominent existence in your garden.
Keep Them Covered
Before winter comes and after all of the trimming has been completed, some gardeners prefer to cover their bulbs with a light cloth. The idea behind this is that the cloth will help protect the bulbs from slugs and snails as well as act as a warming blanket when the temperature becomes too cold.
Not to Worry
Preparing your daylilies to survive the winter is a smart gardening practice. However, these perennials happen to be some of the hardiest flowers around so don't fret about their health. Unlike other perennials that sometimes don’t return after the first frost and cold winter months, daylilies have starch resilience. Just remember to keep them completely moist and to make sure that there is plenty of drainage. Always water your daylilies regardless of the season to guarantee beautiful blossoms in the spring.