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Name: William
Fairport, NY (Zone 6a)
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Gareson
Jul 17, 2019 8:18 AM CST
Hi everyone, Zone 6er here in Upstate New York. I have a question about "Reblooming" daylilies. In Northern climates do rebloomers really "rebloom" or are they one and done? Once my scapes on reblooming daylilies flower I don't get any more after that. Is it a matter of I need to cut back scapes to trigger a reblooming or is it just not going to happen in a temperate area such as mine?

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Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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touchofsky
Jul 17, 2019 10:28 AM CST
I think it depends on the season. I had a lot of rebloom on mine last year. It was a hot summer, with early first bloom. This year is a hot summer, but the first bloom is starting late, so who knows? One that rebloomed heavily for me last year was Linda Sierra.

I have a miniature that is showing instant rebloom this year, but I don't remember which one at the moment.
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Name: Tim
West Chicago, IL (Zone 5a)
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Lyshack
Jul 17, 2019 12:56 PM CST
Hey William. For context, this answer is coming from someone who has really only been collecting daylilies for 5 years. I'm in a borderline 5a/5b climate.

I think "rebloom" has a couple meanings that get used interchangably, so I've learned not to trust that it means what I expect it to mean. When I think of true rebloom, I think of my clump of Stella blooming for a month in June/July, and then sending up straggler scapes again starting in mid or late August that can keep coming though frost.

But I think it's also commonly known as "rebloom" if your clump of daylilies has 8 scapes when it starts blooming in July, and by the time it stops blooming in early August, it has built 6 more scapes, so you finish with 14 used scapes. Sometimes I've heard that referred to as "instant rebloom". Which is a fine quality in a plant. Anything that helps get the most color out of a daylily each summer is great by me. But it's not what I think of as traditional "rebloom", and if you see a plant listed as "reblooming", well, what exactly do they mean?

If you're looking for trustworthy daylilies that will bloom early, and come back later in the summer/fall, I'm still trying to build that list myself. The ones I know work most years are Going Bananas, Happy Returns, Early and Often, Stella's Ruffled Fingers, Black-eyed Stella (just a great, great plant for me), and then, Chang Dynasty reblooms for me consistently, too. I want to find more like Chang Dynasty, that work here, but you don't hear about them, but it's a slow, trial and error, method. It's literally faster for me to breed new rebloomers for me. I've bred 4 or 5 in the time it took me to find Chang Dynasty. My favorite "instant rebloomer" is Dyna Girl from Paul Owen. A lot of its instant rebloom scapes produce poly and double versions of its bloom for me. And when it gives me instant rebloom, instead of 4 weeks of blooms, I get 6 or 7.

A great way to add to that list of DL's that rebloom in your region is to go to last year's "August Blooms" thread and look for people posting from your zone or region. Most things posted late in August are either Late bloomers and Rebloomers.

Otherwise, it's hit and miss for me. Last year I got rebloom scapes from Rambunctious Rosie and Bamboo Blackie for the first time. Seems like every year I get surprise scapes from plants that are probably pretty consistent rebloomers down south. But not too many I can count on every year.
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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touchofsky
Jul 17, 2019 2:49 PM CST
Here is a photo of the one with what I think is instant rebloom. I was wrong when I said it was a miniature. It is Alpine Mist, a 3 inch bloom, so a small. You can see the more mature scape, then the smaller scape coming up right next to it in the same fan.
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Name: Diana
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
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ShakespearesGarden
Jul 17, 2019 3:48 PM CST
Ninja Storm had instant rebloom for me this year. The rebloom scapes started blooming before the main scapes were finished.
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