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

"Emerald Starburst" is a diploid dormant introduced in 2004 by George Doorakian. Upon doing an internet search, it was rather interesting what I found and didn't find. George is currently serving as one of the directors of the Patriot Daylily Society (PDS) based in Bedford, MA. I could not find a website for his daylilies, but Mary Collier Fisher (who is the past AHS President and the current treasurer for the PDS) specializes in selling his daylilies. Her website is:
http://noreastdaylilies.com/in...

Mr. Doorakian is a rather elusive hybridizer, but some of his daylilies are featured on the PDS website :
http://patriotdaylilysociety.o...

He is also featured for his presentation "PDS Colchicine Conversion Clinic by George Doorakian":
http://patriotdaylilysociety.o...

This cultivar can be found in the ATP Plant Database:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Emerald Starburst')

This cultivar won the Honorable Mention: 2009 AHS Award. Emerald Starburst is both pod and pollen fertile with 32 children currently registered: http://garden.org/plants/paren...





Please join in, if you own this plant! We would love to know more! An acorn will be awarded to those who can share performance information about this cultivar.

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Emerald Starburst')
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Sep 11, 2015 4:46 AM CST
Name: Fred Manning
Lillian Alabama

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This daylily does fair on the Alabama Gulf Coast, does not make scapes large enough to hold the bloom up, but is extremely pod and pollen fertile and most of the seedlings have good scapes with lots green in the blooms.
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Sep 11, 2015 4:51 AM CST
Name: David McCausland
Horseheads, NY (Zone 5a)
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I love this plant. I received it in a trade last fall and so it bloomed this year for the first time and the throat is that green. If I remember correctly, it is registered as a green with a purple edge. I find it fascinating that the green has much thicker substance than the purple part of the petal. It is unusual and special. I also managed to pick up ROSE F. KENNEDY this year, so I can't wait to see it bloom.

David
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Sep 11, 2015 6:32 AM CST
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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I love this daylily as well. I have only had it 3 years and still don't get the registered bud count. My bud count was around 12 to 15, however, this plant's scapes get very tall here. I haven't measured but I would guess they are at least 48". It is fertile both ways and I have had some nice seedlings from it. Scapes hold the flowers well here and the flowers have good substance in hot sun.
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Sep 11, 2015 8:39 AM CST
Name: James
South Bend, IN (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady said:I love this daylily as well. I have only had it 3 years and still don't get the registered bud count. My bud count was around 12 to 15, however, this plant's scapes get very tall here. I haven't measured but I would guess they are at least 48". It is fertile both ways and I have had some nice seedlings from it. Scapes hold the flowers well here and the flowers have good substance in hot sun.


This has been my experience as well. It also does fine with minimal intervention from me. I should really move it to a better location but it put up 4 scapes out of 5 fans this year so I can't really complain. It can be tricky in terms of fertility though. I have found that it sets pods pretty easily but those pods will have a ton of seeds that shrivel up to nothing. I have never tried to plant one and see what happens but its the only one that does that here.
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Sep 11, 2015 9:20 AM CST
Greencastle IN (Zone 5b)
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This one that has been on & off my wish list a few times. I am willing to bet that someday I will have it!

The thing I like is that when I look at all the photos in the database they all look very similar, very consistent. I pay attention to that sort of thing.
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Sep 11, 2015 9:52 AM CST
Name: Mayo
The Netherlands, Europe (Zone 9a)
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I don't have this cultivar, but I dó have seeds from several crosses with it (both as pollen and as pod) Thumbs up
Seems I have some nice green throats to look forward to! Hilarious!

Mayo
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Sep 11, 2015 10:10 AM CST
Name: James
South Bend, IN (Zone 5b)
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Claudia said:This one that has been on & off my wish list a few times. I am willing to bet that someday I will have it!

I thing I like is that when I look at all the photos in the database they all look very similar, very consistent. I pay attention to that sort of thing.


I have 4 of George Doorakian's plants and all of them are very consistent in their blooms and appearance. A testament to the work that went into them I suppose. Thumbs up
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Sep 11, 2015 2:33 PM CST
Name: Fred Manning
Lillian Alabama

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Most dormant's really struggle here. His Queen Kathleen did well here, it's an evergreen.
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Sep 11, 2015 5:46 PM CST
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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This was the first year EMERALD STARBURST bloomed for me, and I was very impressed. I was really happy that it did prove to be fertile both ways, and I can't wait to see my seedlings bloom someday! Since I just recently started making dip crosses I was really thrilled to see an average of about 25 seeds per pod (tets seem to only have 5 or 6 seeds per pod for me), and the pollens I used on it were LILLIAN'S VAPOR TRAIL, LITTLE MENEHUNE, SUBURBAN MARY LOIS BURKETT and WILD DREAMS. Thumbs up

Since I'm growing EMERALD STARBURST in a pot on a table I can't say how well it grows in the ground, but the plant really does look good so far -- especially in our drought conditions.

I am really pleased with my EMERALD STARBURST!
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Sep 11, 2015 7:45 PM CST
Name: Ashton & Terry
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
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I wanted this daylily for years.
I finally got it this year!
It turned out to be this...
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Not right. Thumbs down
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Sep 11, 2015 11:37 PM CST
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Well that's certainly a bummer! Thumbs down Are you going to try again?
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Sep 12, 2015 7:14 AM CST
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Kidfishing, Looks like you got Moonlight Orchid instead.
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Sep 12, 2015 7:18 AM CST
Greencastle IN (Zone 5b)
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What a disappointment!!
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Sep 12, 2015 8:03 AM CST

I owned Emerald Starburst one year and lost it over the winter. Heard it can be temperamental. However, most of George's daylilies grow great for me: GREEN ICON, Zachary, Hickey, Marty Wray, Joan Dahl, Nancy Britz, Rose F Kennedy. Ironically, I also lost my namesake Kate Reed.
George hybridizes for distinction and his standards are very high.
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Sep 12, 2015 8:13 AM CST
Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Cindy, was thinking the same thing.
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