daylilys

Asked September 8, 2013, 6:39 PM EDT

My day lily has a new shoot growing from the stem. What can I do with it? Is this a new plant? Can I put it in soil or in water to grow roots?

Washington County Oregon propagation horticulture perennials

1 Response

Hello, and thank you for a using Ask an Expert to learn about propagating your daylily.

What you have is called a proliferation, “prolif” for short. A prolif is a new plant growing on the flower stem and is an exact copy of the original dayily. If you look closely you may see new roots already beginning to develop. I usually wait until I see roots about a quarter inch long, then cut the flower stem about a half inch or so below them. (That bit of extra stem helps stabilize the “cutting” in the pot. You can trim off all the flower stem above the prolif.) I suggest you root the prolif in a small pot filled with a moist growing medium, but not soil.

You’ll find detailed instructions how to proceed in “Take advantage of multiplying daylilies’ http://msucares.com/news/print/sgnews/sg01/sg010827.html
You’ll need to protect the prolif through the winter as it develops roots then, after the soil warms, plant it into the garden.

Good luck!
Jean