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By csandt on Jun 27, 2017 7:12 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Royal Celebration')

I have 84 different daylily cultivars in my garden, most represented by multiple clumps, and Royal Celebration is the only one that has not done well. When it formed flower buds, they started out as unusually small structures and then shrank into deformed shapes and dried up. Finally, the entire spike dried up. Photographs can be seen here:

The thread "Royal Celebration: Need advice" in Daylilies forum

I was very confused as to what was going on with my plants, so I asked the daylily experts at I learned from their responses that there is a genetic defect in Royal Celebration that causes stunted buds. Several people who tried to grow it reported getting rid of it because of their experience with its stunted buds.

I wonder how Royal Celebration could have won an Honorable Mention award from the American Hemerocallis Society when it has these problems.

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By farmerdill on Jun 27, 2017 9:32 AM, concerning plant: Snap Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris 'Cabot')

At least for this trial, Cabot was a pretty ordinary bush type green bean. 5-6 round slim green pods set high on a stiff upright 18 inch vine. Has a strong disease package. Designed for machine harvest. While it held its own with Amethyst and Bronco, none performed well this year.

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By Australis on Jun 26, 2017 10:43 PM, concerning plant: Orchid (Cymbidium Mad Pixie 'Salinas Gift')

This is a known tetraploid clone. Andy Easton, the hybridiser, comments that it blooms on and off year-round and has 30+ flowers per spike.

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By Australis on Jun 26, 2017 9:13 PM, concerning plant: Lily (Lilium 'Mapira')

This is often sold as an LA (Longiflorum-Asiatic) hybrid, but according to the breeder's website (Mak Breeding) it is just an Asiatic. I suspect it is a diploid based on a successful cross with a diploid, but this will require further investigation.

In my Zone 10 climate it produces many stem bulblets.

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By Mikelos on Jun 25, 2017 7:55 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Golden Scroll')

A beautiful daylily and one that is hard to miss. It has a consistent golden yellow color all throughout the bloom. Ruffling may or may not appear on the edges of the petals (usually not). It has a very golden color with petals curving backward entirely to form a smooth, almost circular-looking flower from a front-on view.

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By poisondartfrog on Jun 25, 2017 4:52 PM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Kookaburra Cackle')

I'm growing this dwarf in a large pot, but I think a 5 gallon pot would have been adequate. The foliage is dense, compact, and darker green than most tomatoes. The plentiful fruit is tart and dull orange when ripe. I like the acidity, but for those who only like sweet tomatoes this is a poor choice.

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By poisondartfrog on Jun 25, 2017 4:42 PM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Indian Stripe')

Green shouldered in my garden, fruits are small to medium sized and have a rich old fashioned tomato flavor. They are brownish when ripe, plants are indeterminate and have good fruit set. On the down side, other tomatoes in my garden are still pretty clean and free of disease. This one is showing signs of blight.

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By Frillylily on Jun 25, 2017 4:42 PM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Linda O'Connell')

Easily got 40" for me, the blooms are somewhat trumpet shaped -they do not open out flat and round-like, I usually do not like that, but I do on this one, I think because it is so tall, they look neat from a side view. The petals curl under sometimes. The color has a brilliant glowiness that is hard to capture in a pic and it is beautiful from a distance. I plan on keeping this for a long time.

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By Bonehead on Jun 25, 2017 3:17 PM, concerning plant: Apples (Malus)

Washington State designated the apple as its state fruit in 1989, the year of its centennial. Washington grows over 40% of U.S. apples, and is also the top producer of U.S. organic apples. Although most commercial orchards are located in east or central Washington, I have had great luck with my inherited no-name apples on the cooler west side. The only problem I've noted is occasional tent caterpillars, which can defoliate a tree in bad years, but don't seem to kill it. An apple a day keeps the doctor away!

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By NHJenDion on Jun 25, 2017 9:39 AM, concerning plant: Silver Sage (Salvia argentea)

I've noticed that these lose their grey fuzzy look and take on a greener appearance when in flower.

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By Australis on Jun 25, 2017 4:54 AM, concerning plant: Orchid (Cymbidium Atalanta 'Geyserland')

This plant is a known tetraploid (4N) and was one of the New Horizon Orchids breeding plants. They sold all remaining plants in Spring 2014, as they had exhausted its hybridising potential and were moving on to working with its offspring.

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By ge1836 on Jun 25, 2017 3:25 AM, concerning plant: Yarrow (Achillea 'Terracotta')

I loved this plant until a few years ago when it became so invasive I couldn't keep up with the deadheading.
This plant will fill quite a large area in a matter for three years.
I have been digging it out when I find small plants while weeding.

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By pod on Jun 24, 2017 2:03 PM, concerning plant: Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Tibet Appel')

I have four healthy plants, grown in containers. They have performed well and received consistent water. As the Appel tomatoes begin to ripen, the skin splits open on every one of the fruits. Some split badly enough that they were inedible. Some I have been able to catch and salvage. I have even found some that are still green tomatoes that have cracked skin.

I do like the taste, but will forgo growing this tomato again. This is the first (and last) year growing the Tibet Appel tomato.

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By lauribob on Jun 24, 2017 12:09 PM, concerning plant: Beautyberry (Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii 'Profusion')

The stems of colorful berries can be cut and used in a fall flower arrangement. This variety is self-fertile and has a true profusion of berries.

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By robynanne on Jun 23, 2017 11:57 AM, concerning plant: Rat-Tail Radish (Raphanus sativus var. caudatus)

The pods are growing with some purple ones!! I grew this in nearly full shade, and it is doing well. I keep it in a cage, much like tomatoes, because otherwise the long floppy stems get all over the place and I end up stepping on more rat tails than eating. When supported, the stems can get up to 3-4 feet long but they don't mind crowding.

I love picking a bunch of these and eating them with hummus!

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By Australis on Jun 23, 2017 2:57 AM, concerning plant: Orchid (Cymbidium Aussie Dollar 'Ooh Ah')

This is a known tetraploid (4N). Its first public release will be at the "Summer Hummer" this year (2017).

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By krobra on Jun 23, 2017 1:44 AM, concerning plant: Spider Flower (Tarenaya hassleriana)

Spider Flower (Tarenaya hassleriana) is a butterfly host plant for the Great Southern White, Cabbage White, and Checkered White butterflies.

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By csandt on Jun 22, 2017 11:10 AM, concerning plant: Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Miss Amelia')

Year after year, Miss Amelia holds its own, blooms reliably, and increases its clump size competing with the roots of a water-greedy red maple.

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By Buzzbea424 on Jun 22, 2017 9:46 AM, concerning plant: Crocosmias (Crocosmia)

I've planted crocosmia several times, but it only bloomed the first year. Only one plant is left. This year new corm did not grow. I also bought young plants. They are still alive, but...

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By Buzzbea424 on Jun 21, 2017 8:04 PM, concerning plant: Dragon Wing Begonia (Begonia Dragon Wing® Red)

I grow Dragon Wing Begonias in a shade garden rather than in a pot. Although they don't grow as large as reputed to grow in pots, they add a wonderful splash of color to a dark spot. However, I have not found them to be perennial as your information shows. The Arkansas Green Industry Association, and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service list them as an Arkansas Diamond, that is an annual proven tough enough to survive growing conditions in Arkansas.

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