Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Mighty Chestnut

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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Nov 5, 2015 6:01 PM CST
Background history:

'Mighty Chestnut' is a dormant tetraploid introduced in 1994 by Blaney. I am unable to find any information about this hybridizer.

Mighty Chestnut is a mid-season to late bloomer with extended bloom. It is pod fertile with 5 registered children: http://garden.org/plants/paren...

This plant can be found in the ATP Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Mighty Chestnut') .

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Mighty Chestnut')
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Name: Pat Strong
Stone Mountain (Zone 8a)
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Pat236
Nov 6, 2015 7:37 AM CST
I purchased Mighty Chestnut this summer from Home Depot...the color was so deep and rich that I couldn't pass it up. This is my first daylily purchase from Home Depot. Might Chestnut continued to bloom all summer. I put in in the ground after the last bloom and it is growing well. It started with two fans and now I have four fans. I think it is a late bloomer as I got it in late summer. This is how she looked in my garden.


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Name: Ken
East S.F. Bay Area (Zone 9a)
Region: California
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CaliFlowers
Nov 29, 2015 3:20 PM CST
Ted Blaney is a hybridizer in West Chester Ohio. As far as I am aware, he began hybridizing in the late '80s and was active through 1998, the year of his last introductions.

He collaborated with and was probably most influenced by John Benz, who featured Blaney's introductions in several of his catalogs. Ted treated many diploids in order to fuel his program, and although he grew a great many seedlings from crosses involving some of the best and most advanced northern-hardy material available at the time, his standards were high, and he registered only 13 cultivars, and was co-registrant of a fourteenth.

I have grown three of his registrations for several years; Ruby Laser, Ruby Lips and Super Magician. They are all top-shelf daylilies. I added Mighty Chestnut last fall, so I can't comment on its performance.

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Nov 29, 2015 6:23 PM CST
Ken - Thank you so very much for the valuable information about the hybridizer, Ted Blaney! I really appreciate it!

I look forward to you evaluation of Mighty Chestnut this coming season! I hope it blooms beautifully for you! Thumbs up
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Name: Mary Anne Jay
Wentworth, NS, Canada (Zone 5a)
Region: Canadian
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Raven
Jan 30, 2018 7:09 PM CST

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Mighty Chestnut has been growing here only one year. In fact, it was a purchased potted plant from a nursery that was split for 2 gardens. Even so, it has thrived growing to the registered 30" this year and producing an impressive bud count of 15 on 3 way branching. It blooms late here for the month of August and in general, is not splotchy. A burst of color when others are finished. It also gave me a prolif. This is a keeper for me

Name: Tara
Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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IAgrl
Aug 1, 2018 1:35 PM CST
I've had Mighty Chestnut for at least 7 years... It does very well, tons of blooms and extended blooming. It has multiplied very well even in 5a (although, been closer to 4a for several of the winters it's been through.... last winter we were colder than Alaska several times Blinking ). So great recommendation for Northern gardeners. Beautiful color, not at all brownish like the AHS photo.

I'm dividing again this year if anyone is interested.

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