Daylilies forum: Small and mini cultivars

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Name: Roger & Karen
Birmingham, Al (Zone 7a)
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Diggerofdirt
Jun 13, 2020 6:36 PM CST
We have extra large flowers, large flowers , medium flowers and a couple i call small. We have one tiny cultivar simple little Noid but cute. I have seen tiny and mini cultivars before and wow at some of them.
I would like to make a bed using just those littlest ones.
Could someone point me in right direction and please show pictures of your littlest so i can have an idea on some great cultivars. Thank You!
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Name: Dave
Wood Co TX & Huron Co MI
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SunriseSide
Jun 14, 2020 6:37 AM CST
Thinking Microdots and Cosmopolitan are the smallest I have in TX. Probably Baby Moon Cafe in MI.
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Name: Julie
Roanoke, VA (Zone 7a)
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floota
Jun 14, 2020 6:45 AM CST
Most ( and I have a large collection of small and mini daylilies) came directly from their hybridizers. Some of the older ones can be found at secondary sources. Mark and Patti Franklin (MP flowers ) and the Bishops (Shady Rest) in Ga , Steven Franklin in Ky, Janice Kennedy and me in Va, Mel Campbell in NY, All of us have decent collections. The Ga folks have catalogs, others of us sell on FB. I'll be selling a few minis this Aug. for fall shipping.
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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bxncbx
Jun 14, 2020 6:50 AM CST
I started out with some minis but over time (& extra water + fertilizer) the flowers have gotten larger. So now they are just small. I never knew that could happen.
Name: Julie
Roanoke, VA (Zone 7a)
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floota
Jun 14, 2020 7:48 AM CST
Mmm, a cultivar registered as a miniature would have been registered that way because its breeder, wherever located, would have measured and observed bloom size, in that location over a period of years, to have registered it that way. So, technically, the registration as a miniature wouldn't change. However, I and many others often find that a lot of daylilies do not perform the same way in our climates and gardens as the way the breeder registered it. You have noted too, bloom size. For example, I just took a first bloom of the season photo of FESTIVAL OF THE APPLES, which Heather Herrington registered as having 30" scapes. The scapes ALL measured between 45-46" just now. Tim Herrington's HALLOWEEN GREEN is registered with 24":scapes. As I plant by registered height, I moved it further back in the mini bed two years ago when the scapes grew so much taller than registered. Although it appears to be at least a week or more away from blooming , scapes already measure around 34" this AM. Yet ELFIN BLUES, another mini, planted just in front of it, with registered 16" scapes, has scapes blooming at only 11". Several plants are blooming on shorter than average scapes this year.(which I hate.). Despite the urge to get rid of the short scapes ones, I will resist. I've attributed the tall scapes to abundant water and the short scapes to the cool cloudy month of May when lots of the E minis were forming scapes and buds. Interestingly, the bloom sizes here are spot on. Weather conditions, water, and fertilizer all can affect bloom size.
Name: Avedon
NE Tex (Zone 8a)
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Avedon
Jun 14, 2020 9:32 AM CST
It seems that nearly every daylily grown here that meets the criteria of a mini is some shade of purple. Most of these have only been here a couple of years, so maybe a little early to do a good eval but here are a few that seem to like it here in that short time.
Velvet Shadows, Siloam Art Work, and Punk. Mary Ethel Anderson is a not purple mini, but it hasn't really done all that well here. I do have a picture of it, terrific small intense green eye. I can't locate my picture of Punk, but there are a few nice ones in the plant database.
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Mary Ethel Anderson
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Siloam Art Work
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Velvet Shadows
Blue Buzz--arrived last year, did not bloom but managed a few blooms this year on very short scapes. It has a very nice blue eye zone:
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Blue Flirt--had this one a few years, has never been happy until this year when it was moved---: has produced several nice flowers, but scapes are very short
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As far as scape height, most of these haven't reached their registered heights, Velvet Shadows and ME Anderson are the only two that have come close.
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Name: Mary Anne Jay
Wentworth, NS, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Raven
Jun 14, 2020 11:06 AM CST
These are the minis in my northern garden that I recommend. I have included only those which have been planted 4 years or more and which have a bud count of at least 10. All of these are the registered height here.
Thumb of 2020-06-14/Raven/03b550 CHIARA
Thumb of 2020-06-14/Raven/af0bf6 EVERYBODY LOVES EARNEST
Thumb of 2020-06-14/Raven/bcbf17 GREEN FLUTTER
G. WILIKERS
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Thumb of 2020-06-14/Raven/f96eb4 PLUM CUPCAKE
Thumb of 2020-06-14/Raven/a39bcd POOKIE BEAR

Name: Dave
Wood Co TX & Huron Co MI
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SunriseSide
Jun 14, 2020 12:10 PM CST
Cosmopolitan in bloom now
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Name: Roger & Karen
Birmingham, Al (Zone 7a)
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Diggerofdirt
Jul 19, 2020 7:46 AM CST
Thank you all i know of some to look for now.
And i see Mr. Manning is putting out some drool worthy minis also.
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Name: Roger & Karen
Birmingham, Al (Zone 7a)
Daylilies Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Alabama Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Seed Starter
Diggerofdirt
Jul 19, 2020 7:58 AM CST
After doing some research i found that E.H Salter does smalls and minis like 52 pages.
Don't know if all are tiny ,but the ones i saw were 4" and below. Just looked at first page gosh i have many pages to look at.
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