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Q.Digging Up & Rearranging Daylilies

Zone Cedarville MI 49719 (eastern upper penninsula) | mataylor@lighthouse.net added on October 29, 2021 | Answered

I am moving daylilies for a nicer color arrangement, so I will be placing another color daylily in the same spot as a previous color was planted. I would like to know how important it is to remove all the root pieces from the original plant. Can just a root piece or tuber regrow a new plant or will a new plant only grow from a crown? Should I sift the soil just to be sure I don’t end up with the previous plant regrowing in that location or will any left behind roots & tubers just dry up? I have been trying to find an answer to this for some time, hoping you can answer. Marcia Taylor

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Answered on October 29, 2021

There will, certainly, be leftovers that pop up! Daylilies can be quite prolific, so killing any remaining pieces of the rhizome will be important.

Fortunately, it is not difficult to do so. Here are two articles that will help you to accomplish this:



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