Daylilies forum: Oktoberfest--- Nocturnal or just seasonally maladjusted???

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Name: Heidi
CT (Zone 5b)
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Oct 8, 2015 7:28 AM CST

So I have 2 Oktoberfest plants that I received in August and both have shot up with flowers (which is very late in the season for here in CT).

So this past week, I had to blossoms on the one plant. I missed the first, but the second was open in the late afternoon (4pm). The next day, it was still open and looked pretty good through late afternoon.

So I have searched through various databases and don't see anything about noctural traits. Our nights have been about 50 degrees and our days have been topping out in the high 60's to low 70's. They aren't really getting a lot of sun at this point because they are in a temporary raised flower bed, so not sure if these are factors too. Plus really, it isn't supposed to bloom in October.

So what do you all think??

Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Oct 8, 2015 7:35 AM CST
It's registered as an extended bloomer, which means the flowers stay open 16 hours or more. It's also registered as a rebloomer. I don't grow it but perhaps it got its cultivar name because it can bloom in October (in some areas anyway)? Edited to add, it may well have set those scapes before it was shipped, especially if you got it direct from the hybridizer.
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Name: James
South Bend, IN (Zone 5b)
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Oct 8, 2015 8:14 AM CST
This is likely just a result of the plant being moved. The growing/blooming period in northern California is likely not in sync with CT. I've had many plants from Maryott's bloom after being shipped in July or August and the following years they were on track with the others.

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