Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylilies of the Day: Custard Candy

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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Sep 4, 2015 6:01 PM CST
Background history:

"Custard Candy" is a dormant tetraploid introduced in 1989 by Patrick Stamile. Patrick and Grace Stamile's Daylily Garden website:
http://www.distinctly.on.ca/stamiledaylilies/

More info about Patrick and Grace Stamile can be found on this thread by Char:
The thread "ATP Series: The Daylilies of Patrick and Grace Stamile" in Daylilies forum

According to the ATP database, this is an early to mid-season bloomer with possible rebloom. AHS awards for this cultivar include: Stout Silver Medal: 1999, Award of Merit: 1996, Honorable Mention: 1993, ATG: 1996. Custard Candy has 86 registered children: http://garden.org/plants/parentage/8964/

This cultivar can be found in the ATP Plant Database:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Custard Candy')





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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Custard Candy')
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
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Hemlady
Sep 5, 2015 6:26 AM CST
I love Custard Candy and have had it for 13 years. It's only fault, which is really not a fault, is that it has a short scape. I realize a lot of people prefer the shorter scapes but I prefer taller 28" or above. This plant is fertile both ways and I find it does well in hot sun. I had 3 way branching this year with a 14 bud count. Increase is average on this cultivar.
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Claudia
Sep 5, 2015 9:22 AM CST
I have had Custard Candy for 6 years. It struggled here for a couple of years until I found a spot that it liked. Since then increase has been good. It is now in a spot that receives full sun almost all day. I will probably have to divide it in the next year or two. This is one that I was aware of being shorter and I bought it for that reason. Mine seems to come in a little under the registered 24 inches. I would estimate closer to 20 inches here. This year was the best it has ever performed for me. It was loaded with scapes and blooms I did not pay attention to branching or bud count, but this one bloomed over a long time for me. The buds are very close together at first so the first few may not fully open.

This is not a fancy daylily. Very simple but pretty. I did considering getting rid of Custard Candy this year but decided its worth keeping because it has become a reliable bloomer. Must add I have never had rebloom here.
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Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
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stilldew
Sep 5, 2015 9:55 AM CST
I grew Custard Candy for a few years. It seemed to multiply rapidly and had multiple blooms almost everyday during it's bloom season. Not my favorite color combination and found I grew bored with it after a few years.
Name: Lauri
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lauribob
Sep 5, 2015 9:59 AM CST
I planted this one last year in a 'wild area' where I don't weed or water overly reliably. It has still not bloomed and is slow growing for me, but that is probably due to lack of coddling. It looks healthy enough, just small.
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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Sep 5, 2015 5:00 PM CST
Honestly, I had to go out and look to see where Custard Candy was in my garden. It has not performed well at all and I had to look in my pictures database to see if I had any pictures of it. I do have a few, but nothing impressive.

CC was given to me free in 2009. I don't know if I got a double fan or not, but it is now a whopping 4 fans. In it's defense, I do have some tree roots growing under my flowers, so it's possible that it is in a bad spot. Other than that I can't say anything else about CC. I do like the pretty eggnog colored blooms, but not enough to keep this one if it comes down to a space issue. Seeing this thread has made me realize that this one may leave my garden.
Vickie
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Name: Suga
Coastal South Carolina (Zone 8b)
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Suga
Sep 6, 2015 7:31 AM CST
I have had Cistard Candy for many years and it blooms beautifully every year for me. I can always count on it to be a "show off" every time. I just love it!
Name: Suga
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Suga
Sep 6, 2015 7:32 AM CST
I have had Custard Candy for many years and it blooms beautifully every year for me. I can always count on it to be a "show off" every time. I just love it!
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Sep 6, 2015 8:46 AM CST
I guess it is close to 6 yrs that I have grown Custard Candy. I have 2 large clumps of it in my front yard bed. The soil is ammended and it does bloom well for me . Many open at the same time on a clump. The growth would be steady, not a slow one in my bed. Unlike a few that are about the same size after yrs Angry
Name: Ashton & Terry
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kidfishing
Sep 6, 2015 4:06 PM CST
Established plant:
10 buds, short scape, pretty flower...
Pods are easy.
My other "Candy" daylilies do better than this one.
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Name: Theresa Maris
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tgarden711
Sep 6, 2015 4:31 PM CST
Custard Candy is a great performer in my zone 6b. I have had it for 3 years and it is a large established clump. It is in the poorest red clay soil and grows like it is on steroids. Blooms profusely and in a clump is quite pretty although the bloom itself is not spectacular.
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Sep 6, 2015 5:59 PM CST
I have had Custard Candy for about 6 years, it took a couple of years to settle in, since then it has multiplied quickly, and has formed a large clump, I divided it last year and gave some away, it is a reliable bloomer even under my harsh growing conditions, it may be an older simple daylily but the blooms open reliably unlike the new fancy ones that do not like cool summer nights. Scapes are solid and about 24 inches, with good branching and bud count. For me this one is a keeper.

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Name: Lauri
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lauribob
Sep 7, 2015 9:47 AM CST
Thank you for the acorn Becky!
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caitlinsgarden
Sep 7, 2015 3:52 PM CST
It is a reliably good grower and bloomer for me. The color seems to go with everything. I love it and have grown it for years.
Name: Liz Quinn
Huntersville,NC (Zone 7a)
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Emquinn
Oct 26, 2015 5:47 PM CST
Custard Candy has been a great performer. Is one of the first to bloom for me. Has increased nicely. It is a member of the bed for Stout Medal Daylilies and shows the reason it is a Stout.
Liz
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