Properly Cutting the Stalk on a Daylily Properly Cutting the Stalk on a Daylily
There are ways to properly cut the stalks of a daylily. Daylilies are easy to grow and strive in almost any growing condition. They can range in height from 5 to 8 feet and can be a good compliment for a large indoor vase.
Cutting the Daylily Stalk
Simply taking a shearing or pruning scissors and cutting the stalks is not the proper way to go about this task. Cutting the daylily as close to the bottom of the stalk with pruning shears will produce the best results. You should cut the stalks of your daylily as often as possible in order to keep your lilies growing strong, remove any dead flowers and prevent any overgrowth from occurring.
Developing a Technique
As you cut the stalks you will develop a technique or process for maintaining and properly cutting the stalks of your daylily. You can attend classes at a local community college or adult and continuing education center for additional tips on cutting daylillies. A home improvement store with a garden center, such as Home Depot and Lowes, may also offer classes on cutting daylily stalks properly.
Being Mindful of your Daylily Stalk Cuts
There is not much more to the process of cutting a daylily other than to be mindful of where the cut is made on the stalk. Cutting it as near to the bottom of the stalk as possible gives the plant an opportunity to continue to grow and produce flowers. If you haphazardly cut the daylily at the top or near its flowering head, this may result in improper growth of the plant. It may also cause the plant to stop flowering and in some instances, depending on the cut, kill your daylily.
What to Do if Your Daylily Stops Growing
If the daylily is not flowering after you make your stalk cuts or the flowers appear to be dying at a rapid place, this may be a sign that your plant was improperly cut. It is possible that you may need to consider the replacement of the daylily plant with another plant. Before doing so, prune the plant to remove all dead stalks and see if that aids in the recovery of the daylily. You may also want to call on a horticulturist with an expertise in daylily plants in order to obtain specific advice about the fate of your plant.