Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Marilyn Morss Johnson

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beckygardener
Nov 23, 2015 6:01 PM CST
Background history:

'Marilyn Morss Johnson' is a semi-evergreen tetraploid introduced in 2007 by Mort Morss. More information about Mort Morss can be found on his website, "Daylily World" located in Lexington, Kentucky:
http://daylilyworld.net/epages/7b84e029-f749-4f4c-9517-cbc6e...

Marilyn Morss Johnson is an early to mid-season extended bloomer with possible rebloom.

This plant can be found in the ATP Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Marilyn Morss Johnson') .

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Marilyn Morss Johnson')
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
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beckygardener
Nov 24, 2015 10:16 AM CST
I acquired this cultivar in September from Maryott's. Planted it and it immediately produced a scape with 10 buds of which all bloomed beautifully and perfectly. I hand-pollinated 2 blooms and a bee did another one, so I have 3 self-pods growing currently on that scape. Very pod/pollen fertile. I absolutely love this cultivar's blooms. The blooms are the registered size. The scape was shorter (which is probably because it was a newly transplanted daylily). The blooms also were spread out enough that when they wilted they basically just closed up. Did not see but 1 droop onto another bud, so this is a "clean" wilting cultivar. The most that bloomed at one time were 2 blooms because of the newness of this plant. I hope the next time it blooms that it has many more flowers per scape!

Then the rains came and the rust showed up. This is probably a 3.5-4.0 rust susceptible cultivar. Breaks my heart! I took a chance on getting this one despite the fact that there is no rust resistant rating on it. So .... it will certainly be used in my hybridizing program for it's pretty face which will be crossed with a strong rust resistant cultivar to try to create a rust resistant child or two hoping to get it's pretty face.

This is also the first cultivar's pollen that I am attempting to freeze for future use. Since it bloomed at an odd time due to the daylily nursery location it came from, not sure if it will bloom next year since it bloomed so late here in Florida (November). This one would have been an absolute beauty and keeper had it not had the rust issue. It will stay for awhile to hopefully make me some pretty rust resistant children!
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
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beckygardener
Sep 30, 2016 10:00 AM CST
Marilyn Morss Johnson bloomed for me this year on June 9, 2016. And then again on July 11th. I did not record stats, unfortunately. At that time there were 2 fans. Checking it today, I see 1 single fan. So it has either gone summer dormant or this plant is decreasing and failing to thrive. I hope it is just heat dormant because I love this cultivar and would be so disappointed to lose it. Sad

Here is a bloom from June 9, 2016:
Thumb of 2016-09-30/beckygardener/ba7253

And here is a July 11, 2016 rebloom flower:


I've had a lot of rain lately, so I do see a small amount of rust showing up on the single fan. Nothing serious yet. Just sad to think this cultivar may be declining in my garden. I have no idea why. New bed, lots of water and fertilizer and adequate daily sun. Confused
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