Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Neon Rainbow

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Dec 13, 2015 6:01 PM CST
Background history:

'Neon Rainbow' is a semi-evergreen tetraploid introduced in 1995 by Enman Joiner.

Char created a thread about Enman Joiner:
The thread "ATP Series: The Daylilies of Enman R. Joiner, Sr." in Daylilies forum

More information can be found on the Joiner Daylily Gardens website:
http://www.joinerdaylilygardens.com/Greeting.html

Neon Rainbow is an early to mid-season bloomer with possible rebloom. It has earned the AHS Honorable Mention: 1998 award. It is pod and pollen fertile with 7 registered children: http://garden.org/plants/parentage/15031/

This plant can be found in the ATP Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Neon Rainbow') .

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Neon Rainbow')
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Name: Boyd Banks
Creston N.C. (Zone 6b)
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hillbilly
Dec 13, 2015 10:17 PM CST
NEON RAINBOW has always grew and bloomed well for me but has a blah faded out color here in zone 6
Name: Mary Anne Jay
Wentworth, NS, Canada (Zone 5a)
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Raven
Dec 14, 2015 5:02 AM CST



Neon Rainbow is one of my favorites for prettiness. However, I can't really comment on it as a hardy daylily as I have had it only since '13. It bloomed like this in '14 but the winter of 2014 devastated several of my daylilies and this was one. It didn't completely die so I have hopes it will rebound next year and prove to be a keeper.
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Dec 14, 2015 2:04 PM CST
This dl grows well for me, blooms well, very pretty color that is distinctive and I LOVE it! The petals have good substance also. It is photogenic for me and always does the dishes... wait! scrap that last bit, got carried away Whistling Hilarious!
Name: Judy
Louisiana (Zone 9b)
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judydu2
Dec 15, 2015 12:44 AM CST
'Neon Rainbow' is just an okay plant in my garden. While it has an attractive bloom, the plant does not grow well for me. Low bud count, unreliable bloom, quick to abort pods, and failure to thrive - it's not one I would recommend.

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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Dec 15, 2015 1:45 PM CST
Judy I see that you are in zone 9 I wonder if the plant likes a cooler zone? It does good here for me, but I should add also that we have cool mornings alot. Would be interesting to see if other people growing it in the warmer zones have trouble with it.
Name: Judy
Louisiana (Zone 9b)
Region: Louisiana Region: Gulf Coast Hybridizer Seller of Garden Stuff
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judydu2
Dec 15, 2015 3:06 PM CST
Actually I am 9b, bordering on 10. 'Neon Rainbow' needing a cooler climate than here is very possible, but I usually don't have trouble with Joiner plants. I've lost a few (semi-evergreen) but I believe those still had too much dormancy. Some, especially the uf lines and some doubles, are star performers. In the case of 'Neon Rainbow', I am thinking the trouble is with the Munson influence. Years ago, I moved out what Munsons I had because they gave such poor performance in my garden.
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Dec 15, 2015 6:06 PM CST
What is the Munson influence? I recently acquired this cultivar and live in a similar zone as you, Judy.
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Name: Judy
Louisiana (Zone 9b)
Region: Louisiana Region: Gulf Coast Hybridizer Seller of Garden Stuff
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judydu2
Dec 15, 2015 8:01 PM CST
Not a Munson, but Munson daylilies as a group. I used to have several daylilies hybridized by R. W. Munson and none did well for me. Bud counts were low, branching left much to be desired, and often the blooms were splotchy or didn't open well. I didn't understand why, as I believe they were hybridized in Florida, but they just didn't perform well for me.

Since 'Neon Rainbow' has 'Court Magician' (Munson-R.W., 1987) as a pollen parent, that could explain 'Neon Rainbow's poor performance here.

Whatever the reason, I have no patience with poorly-performing daylilies. They may be super-stars up north, or in the mid-south but they have to perform well in the 'waiting room of Hell', which is my climate.
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Sep 30, 2016 10:39 AM CST
I acquired 2 fans of Neon Rainbow in late August 2015 and it was transplanted into a new raised bed in early October 2015. It has not yet bloomed for me and this is a year later. The plant seems to have declined over the past year as the 2 fans are now quite small (they look smaller than some of my 6 month old seedlings), so I am concerned I might lose it. It gets plenty of water, fertilizer, and sunlight, so maybe it is the heat here in Central Florida. If it dies, I will just replace it with a different cultivar. I was sure hoping to get to see some blooms from it first though.
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