Jolly Red Giant

sherryocalaSeptember 11, 2011

I'm putting together an order and came across this ufo. I was astonished to see that it's 5'8" tall! That must be quite a sight!! My question is should these giant scapes be staked? How do you deal with a daylily that tall? The more I think about it the more I want it. Plus its branching/bud count is 6/56. Does anyone grow this fella and have this kind of performance?

Thanks!

Sherry

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mizellie(z7 Al)

I don't Sherry but for sure if it was here, it would have to be staked. I have a LOT of wind here so don't buy the tall ones...Sorry i'm no help...Ellie

    Bookmark   September 11, 2011 at 8:39PM
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sherryocala

Ellie, do people actually stake daylilies? I think I would find a sheltered spot for this one as well. Hopefully, someone grows it.

Sherry

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    Bookmark   September 11, 2011 at 9:51PM
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organic_kitten(8)

Sherry,
I think it would depend on how thick the scapes were as to whether it would require staking or not. At one time I had decided to buy that one, and actually located it, but decided I liked them better in my garden if they weren't so tall.

Island Time is my tallest, and I tended to focus on the ones in front (and much shorter) so have many fewer shots of it. But please post pics of blooms if you get it!

kay

    Bookmark   September 11, 2011 at 10:18PM
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floota

Pat sent this to me as a bonus the first year it came out and although it was registered at that height and apparently grew that tall in FL, it has never grown that tall here in VA. At best, it might have grown 44-48" in years when we had ample water. I might have gotten rid of it but I moved it to a place when it blooms right along with some yellow Asiatic lilies ( it is an early bloomer here) and the combo looks good, so it stays. BTW, it has never needed staking. The only daylily which seems to need that here is gary Schaben's Northwind Drifter. Usually those with the tendency to lean or have weak scapes do better in full sun.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2011 at 10:28PM
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sherryocala

Kay, I love the colors of Island Time. It's only an inch shorter than JRG. I found a post from 2009 in which you mentioned it. I'm guessing you don't stake it.

Sherry

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    Bookmark   September 11, 2011 at 10:29PM
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sherryocala

Thanks, Floota, that's very interesting. Does it put on a show?

Sherry

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    Bookmark   September 11, 2011 at 10:35PM
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floota

Here are a couple of pictures of JRG.
First, on a rainy morning but it shows the yellow lilies it is paired with.

More typical look in the sun:

Rather ordinary actually IMHO but can look good depending on companion plants near it.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2011 at 8:17AM
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