You Can Make Big Bucks in Daylilies
“You'll still have some of your original stock of daylilies from which to grow more daylilies," Boykin emphasizes. "Daylilies can provide a good income as well as color and beauty for your home and garden. An average double-fan daylily will sell for $10. Daylilies that sell for $20 to $40 per double fan are very-good sellers. Too, you can sell quite a few daylilies that cost $40 to $100 per double fan. Some new introductions even go as high as $100/single fan or $300/double fan. Your customer base will determine the price of daylilies you sell the most.
"I love flowers, and I love people. Too, I use my flowers for therapy because of my rheumatoid arthritis. I work in my garden to keep my joints active. Without my daylilies, my joints will freeze up, and I may even have to be in a wheelchair. The daylilies also provide a supplemental income for me."
Although Wheeler has a 1/2-acre plot for her garden, she only has planted about 1/4-acre. She adds new beds each year to grow flowers and her profits. To create a new garden spot the quickest and the easiest way, Wheeler asks her friend to bring his small tractor over to her garden and till up a new bed, or you can use a rototiller.
According to Boykin, “I like the dirt for my daylilies to be like fine snuff, 6- or 8-inches deep. This extremely-loose soil is ideal for planting daylilies. I'll usually add sand, compost and manure to the top of the bed and then have the bed tilled again. Then I'll have a very-loose soil that's highly fertile and that will help me produce the most and the best daylilies I can grow on my property.”
In a good year, Wheeler's garden will generate $5000 to $20,000 in income, depending on the number of daylilies she sells and the cost of those daylilies.
Lilies For College:
When Jason Berryhill of Birmingham, Alabama, attended college, he started a daylily garden his freshman year. He learned the income-producing power of investing in daylilies from Boykin by trading his computer knowledge and skills for daylilies.
"I helped Miss Helen set-up her new computer, got the programs running that she wanted and needed to use and built her lily Webpage for her," Berryhill comments. "In exchange for my time, I bartered for daylilies instead of receiving money. I got my initial stock of daylilies without having to take money out of my pocket, which didn't have any money in it anyway because of school. Planting, growing and selling daylilies is a great way to help pay for college, and my family enjoys the flowers and their colors and names too. My parents have really encouraged me in my daylily business.
“While in school, I had less than 1/4-acre of raised beds by my family's home. Because each year I bought new daylilies and planted them, by the next year I'd have a large number and a broad variety of daylilies to sell. From what I'd read, studied and learned from the daylily growers I'd talked with, I expected to make from $3,000 to $8,000 a year the first year I sold some of the daylilies I'd been growing.
“I really enjoy planting, growing and dividing the lilies as well as going out each morning to see which lilies are blooming. I also enjoyed having a part-time income while in school.”
You may decide to grow daylilies...
Most daylilies planted in good soils double every
year. Some daylilies will more than double each year, depending on climate
and soil. Growers raise daylilies from Canada south to Florida, and around
the world. Here's how the magic of multiplying daylilies works. For example,
in a 12-foot X 16-foot bed, if you plant 79, double-fan daylilies that
cost $100/double fan in the spring of year one for a total cost of $7900,
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