Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Rocket Booster

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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Jan 19, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Background history:

'Rocket Booster' is a dormant tetraploid introduced in 1997 by Vic Santa Lucia. Vic and Van Sellers (roses) hybridize at Iron Gate Gardens in Kings Mountain, NC: http://www.irongategardens.com/2008/index.html

Check out Char's thread about Vic Santa Lucia and Van Sellers:
The thread "ATP Series: The Daylilies of Van Sellers and Victor Santa Lucia" in Daylilies forum

Rocket Booster is an early to mid-season bloomer with possible re-bloom. It has earned Honorable Mention: 2002 AHS award. It is pod and pollen fertile with 7 registered children: http://garden.org/plants/parentage/6826/

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

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Rocket Booster')
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Polymerous
Jan 19, 2016 8:21 PM CST
I've had this plant for a few years now, grown in a pot in semi-shade.

The flowers are large and always open well, which is a consideration here with our cooler nights. The foliage is dormant, nice looking, and has thus far been rust resistant, despite the pot being in close proximity to rusty plants. Both of these traits (flower opening and healthy foliage) are big wins, imo.

Among the reds that I grow, this red seems to have a bit more sun resistance than most; at least, the flowers do not horribly slick and melt. (Then again, it does get some shade... but so do the other reds... Confused )

It is hard to judge increase, and I'm sure my rate of increase is negatively impacted by pot growth, semi-shade, and benign neglect. Despite these conditions, the plant has increased enough so that last fall I was able to divide the clump into three good sized pieces (mostly because one of my garden helpers was begging for a piece, and then there was the other helper...). I was almost going to split the clump between the two of them, but decided at the last moment that I wanted to keep some around for myself, even though the flowers aren't exactly my ideal in daylilies; I guess that says something positive.
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Name: Mary
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tugg
Jan 20, 2016 8:54 AM CST
I received Rocket Booster last summer ( 2015) . It hasn't bloomed yet but the plant seems healthy, and during the summer increased by two fans.
I've wanted Rocket Booster for years, beautiful color and shape, so I hope it will do well in my 5b garden.
Name: Theresa Maris
Bowling Green,KY (Zone 6b)
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tgarden711
Jan 20, 2016 9:14 AM CST
Rocket Booster is an excellent performer in our 6b growing zone, southern Kentucky. It is a very large bloom, I measured one at 10 inches. I have not used in in hybridizing but I will always grow it because of the consistently gorgeous large perfectly colored blooms. It has bloomed poly a few times.





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Name: Boyd Banks
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hillbilly
Jan 20, 2016 2:28 PM CST
It is one of the very best in it's class,It looks and performs just like it is registered here in zone 6
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Polymerous
Jan 20, 2016 3:05 PM CST
I forgot to mention, that it will occasionally produce polymerous blooms. The blooms look very nice as polys, which isn't always the case. (Sadly, I can't find an image of it as a poly... maybe I'll have time for a better search later tonight...)


The current avatar image is that of a volunteer daylily seedling showing cristation.
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Garden Photography Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Pollen collector Dog Lover
Moon Gardener Irises Heucheras Vegetable Grower Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Polymerous
Jan 21, 2016 2:27 AM CST
Found one pic, having a 3x3 and a 4x4 bloom:


The current avatar image is that of a volunteer daylily seedling showing cristation.

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