You can’t keep a good Stella down, How to Prune Stella Daylillies

When Spring turns to hot summer, chances are your landscape lacks flower power. Bright purple, pink and yellow spring¬†blooms have given way to a canvas over-wrought with green, green and only green. — Especially if your landscape is “Daylilly heavy” like mine, you may be left wishing you’d planted something that offered more punch during the hotter months. But you can dead-head stella daylillies.

Not to fear my friends, your Stella’s (Stella-de-oro daylillies) can keep pushing blooms all the way until first frost!
That’s right, with a little trimming and cutting back, Stella will continue to push out flowers.

Here are what most daylillies look like¬†when not cared for properly (from a neighbor’s yard):

These Stellas were in full glory just a few weeks ago, but now look anemic and sickly, with spent stalks drying up in the wind, and worst of all: NO MORE FLOWERS!

Here’s a closeup of a spent stalk. Notice the seed pod left on top. Many folks think this is a flower ready to bud, but it is not. Flower buds on Stellas are long and “torpedo” shaped. The seed pods are stubby and wrinkly…, and in most cases, the seeds are sterile anyway.

Not to worry! …

…you can stimulate Stella to send up more blooms by cutting off her “spent” stalks.

You should cut the spent stalks off as low as you can get your pruners. Be sure to make a clean cut. It is also mandatory to cut them off immediately while they are still green. This “tells” the plant that is has lost something viable and it must replace it by sending up more…more flowers!

If you wait until the stalks dry up on their own, then they are worthless anyway and the plant sees no benefit in replacing what was already dead. Make sense?

At right, I can count at least 10 new blooms shooting up just 5 days after cutting off the spent, green stalks. What’s more?…that’s 10 blooms on a single stalk! Wow! Most stalks produce between 3 and 5 blooms, but the cutting has really “pissed Stella off” man!!!! Ha!

Now that’s resilience!
Don’t you just love ‘ole Stella?!

Just remember, you need to stay on top of this “dead heading” and Stella will bloom and bloom again all year long!