Daylily Stella de Oro is a low-growing shrub that blooms throughout the season until the very beginning of October. Produces small flowers in bright shades of yellow and orange. Differs in exceptionally high winter hardiness. Therefore, the plant can be grown even in regions with harsh climates.
Description of daylily Stella de Oro
Daylily of the Stella variety is distinguished by rather beautiful, medium-sized yellow flowers with a diameter of 5-6 cm. They begin to appear in June, and flowering continues until early October. Moreover, it goes on continuously, which allows the owner to constantly enjoy bright colors.
Daylily belongs to low-growing shrubs, its height can vary greatly depending on the growing conditions - on average from 30 cm to 1 m.The leaves are bright green, very narrow and long. Against their background, yellow flowers successfully contrast, which gives the bush beauty.
Daylily Stella de Oro flowers can be colored not only yellow, but also orange.
In natural conditions, daylilies are found in Eastern China - it is believed that it was from there that they originally originated. However, the daylily Stella de Oro itself was bred back in 1975. Moreover, it was not breeders who worked on it, but an amateur Walter Jablonsky. Subsequently, this hybrid has successfully spread in many countries, including Russia.
Important! The word "daylily" is literally translated from Greek as "beautiful throughout the day." This is due to the fact that the bush blooms throughout the summer and early autumn.
Daylily hybrid Stella de Oro in landscape design
Daylilies are indeed very beautiful and attractive shrubs. Due to their undemanding care and ability to withstand even the most severe frosts, they are often used to decorate the garden in various regions. It is very easy to harmoniously fit the Stella de Oro daylily into the garden design - here are some illustrative examples:
- Planting along the borders of the garden (you can easily separate one zone from another).
- Daylilies next to a veranda, terrace or porch.
- The flowerbed "islet" also looks quite attractive.
- Daylilies along the path.
- Daylily can be used not only in single plantings. It looks good in mixborders when paired with other vibrant colors.
Winter hardiness daylily Stella de Oro
The daylily is distinguished by its high winter hardiness. According to this indicator, it is referred to the 6th growing zone. This means that the flower can withstand severe frosts down to -40 degrees. Therefore, the Stella de Oro daylily can be successfully bred not only in the middle lane, but also in the North-West, the Urals, South Siberia and the Far East.
Attention! To prevent freezing of the roots, it is advisable to mulch the Stella de Oro daylily with compost, peat or sawdust. A layer of mulch can also be applied in early summer to prevent the soil from drying out.
Planting and caring for daylily Stella de Oro
Daylilies are planted on the site in late spring or late summer. Planting rules are standard - you need to choose a well-lit place and dig up the site, apply fertilizer and plant seedlings.
Selection and preparation of the landing site
In natural conditions, these flowers grow along the edges of forests. Therefore, when choosing a site, it is necessary to take into account the following recommendations:
- The place should be spacious and well lit. Weak shading is allowed only in the south - in other regions, the sun's rays should freely fall on the foliage.
- Since long-term stagnation of water is undesirable, it is better to plant a shrub on a small hill.
- The soil should be fairly fertile and well loosened. Therefore, before planting, the site is cleaned and carefully dug up.
The landing algorithm is as follows:
- A small hole up to 30 cm deep is dug on the site.
- The same amounts of peat, sand and humus are poured into it, 200 g of ash and 40 g of phosphorus-potassium fertilizer are added.
- Lower the seedling, carefully straighten the roots.
- Sprinkle with the mixture, but not too tightly. This must be done so that the root collar is visible on the surface.
- Water abundantly, give half a bucket of water.
Watering and feeding
It is not so difficult to care for the hybrid daylily Hemerocallis Stella De Oro. Since the flower usually has enough natural rainfall, additional watering in the presence of rain is not required at all. If the soil has dried to a depth of 5-7 cm, watering is needed. In case of drought, moisture should be given regularly - 1 or 2 times a week.
Important! Daylily Stella de Oro is able to withstand slight droughts thanks to the thickening on the roots that store moisture. However, it is not necessary to allow the soil to dry out strongly.
The flower is fed 3 times per season (it is enough to use only complex mineral fertilizer):
- In the middle of spring.
- During the period of active foliage growth (early summer).
- At the end of July, after which it is no longer worth giving top dressing.
The lush bloom of the Stella de Oro daylily can be achieved even with minimal maintenance
Pruning daylily hybrid Stella de Oro
Pruning is best done in the fall, already at the beginning of October - with the onset of the first frost. At this time, remove all damaged and wilted leaves. After the onset of the first frost, it is advisable to cut off the hanging leaves so that they rise 5-10 cm above the soil. The plant does not need a second spring shearing.
Cut flowers of Stella de Oro daylily retain their freshness well, which allows them to be used in bouquets
Preparing for winter
No special preparation for winter is required. Daylily Stella de Oro tolerates even very severe frosts, therefore, unlike many other flowers, it is not necessary to dig it out of the soil, it is not even necessary to mulch the roots. But if the region has a too harsh climate, you can lay a small layer (2 cm) of needles, foliage or sawdust. This can be done in late September - early October.
This plant is propagated both by seeds and vegetatively:
- by dissecting the rhizome;
- cutting off the central shoot;
- proliferation (the so-called rooting of inflorescences).
Attention! When propagating by dividing the bush, the Stella de Oro daylily does not have to be dug out of the soil. Since the shrub is not too compact, the daughter rosettes can be separated with a shovel, and fresh cuts can be sprinkled with wood ash.
When multiplying by polyferation, part of the top of the flowering shoot is cut off, shortened, leaving 2/3, placed in water to obtain roots, and then planted in open ground the next spring
Diseases and pests
Daylily is highly resistant to various diseases and pests. Only sometimes it can be exposed to bacterial and fungal pathologies, for example:
- rot of the root collar;
- iris leaf spot;
- striped leaves;
The main pests that sometimes parasitize on this bush include:
- spider mite;
- gall midge;
- root mite;
- grass bug.
When the first signs of damage appear, the bushes should be treated with fungicides - "Maxim", "Skor", "Fitosporin", Bordeaux liquid. Sometimes insecticides are needed - "Biotlin", "Aktara", "Karate".
Folk insect repellents are also quite effective. Use aqueous solutions of household dust shavings, baking soda, ammonia, mustard powder. If the pest colonies do not subside, it is necessary to treat the plant with a chemical as soon as possible.
Important! As a preventive measure, you should avoid summer transplants of the Stella de Oro daylily, do not abuse nitrogen fertilizing. Also, do not deepen the root collar too much and periodically loosen the soil for maximum air access to the roots.
Daylily Stella de Oro is one of the easiest ways to decorate your garden with your own hands. The flower will take root on almost any soil. It tolerates both severe frosts and short drought well. Therefore, any novice gardener can grow it.
Reviews of the daylily Stella de Oro
Ekaterina, 45 years old, Novosibirsk.
Daylily Stella de Oro is a new variety, especially for Siberia. True, they began to grow it more and more often, because it tolerates our winters very well. There is nothing special about care - you can just give complex fertilizer a couple of times a season. The only thing is that the flower is picky about light, so you should not plant it under trees or directly near buildings.
Yulia Ivanovna, 59 years old, Izhevsk.
Daylily Stella de Oro began to breed this year on the advice of neighbors. At first glance, it seems that it is capricious, especially in the natural environment it is found in Eastern China, where the climate is milder. But, as it turned out, the flower does not even require special watering, except in the heat. And you can feed it with a universal fertilizer for flowers. So, without really straining, we get an excellent decoration of the garden, lawn, paths, porch. I recommend it to everyone who wants to have a beautiful and unpretentious plant on the site.
Andrey Anatolyevich, 64 years old, Khabarovsk.
Daylily Stella de Oro and other varieties are one of those rare flowers that take root well in our latitudes. I don't even cover young bushes with anything, but I try to mulch for the winter and huddle. It was no coincidence that I chose this variety - it has beautiful not only flowers themselves, but also foliage. Looks good on lawns, especially next to the porch of the house. Even a novice gardener will successfully cope with leaving.