Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Chesapeake Crablegs

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Jun 7, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Background history:

'Chesapeake Crablegs' is a dormant diploid introduced in 1994 by Margo Reed. She does her hybridizing at Woodhendge Gardens in North Garden, Virginia:

Chesapeake Crablegs is an early to mid-season extended bloomer with possible re-bloom. It has earned the Honorable Mention: 2002 AHS Award. It is both pod and pollen fertile with 16 registered children:

This plant can be found in the NGA Plant Database at:
Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Chesapeake Crablegs') .

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Chesapeake Crablegs')
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Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
Jun 7, 2016 9:24 PM CST
Chesapeake Crablegs has not done "great" in my zone 5a garden. However, it's only been in my garden for two summers. This will be its third summer. Usually the third year things get going stronger. Especially with all the nice rain we have had here. I'm expecting better things from CC. If I recall correctly, last year I tried pollenating CC and it did not form pods for me.
South Central Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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Jun 8, 2016 8:05 PM CST
This will be the fourth season with Chesapeake Crablegs. It has not increased all that fast, but I do like its pretty face. With its varied warm hues, it is a keeper in my book.
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Name: Dana
Canton, OH (Zone 6a)
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Jun 11, 2016 9:05 AM CST
This is year two for 'Chesapeake Crablegs', in my zone 6 gardens. It's located in more shade, so the colors aren't as vibrant, but the form of the blooms is what actually attracted me to CC! It reminds me of a lazy Summer day with the laid-back downward spiral of its petals and sepals, and the color really is the icing on the cake!! It's a medium increase, but I'm looking forward to a few more scapes during the second year of this beauty! Hurray!

Definitely in my top 5!! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Debby
Gulf Coast Texas (Zone 8b)
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Aug 16, 2016 4:19 AM CST
This was gifted to me, and not being a fan of of orange, dips, nor spider-types, I stuck this plant in an isolated part of my yard, and neglected it. It has survived well on its own, and does re bloom here in gulf coast Texas.
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Mar 8, 2017 12:19 PM CST
I really don't like to report when there is a lot that is negative. I always think the negatives may be the result of growing conditions and circumstance rather something inherent with the cultivar itself. And I grow all the daylilies here in containers. Mostly really big containers, but a container grown plant is a completely difference circumstance for a plant than in ground plantings. Specific soil mixes, no competing roots from neighboring plants, adjustable locations if necessary. Just a lot of variances growing in a container.

That said, some do well and others not so much. This will be the fourth year for Chesapeake Crablegs.

The good things first. The bloom is nice; multi-hues of orange. It readily sends up scapes. Very few fans skip sending up a scape. Increase is moderate, but it hasn't gone backward.

The negatives are that while it starts out looking great every year, the foliage has always taken on a dull, wilted look as if it was lacking soil moisture. I haven't been able to correct that and it's now, after several up-sizings, in about as large a container as I can handle - 24+" in diameter and 16+" deep. The other problem has been the scapes are really short and thin with not many buds. Sometimes as few as 3 buds. It hasn't rebloomed. As a plant, it seems to object to the severe, dry heat for the growing conditions and that's a factor I can't change.

If no outside disaster prevents it from performing better along with the other daylilies, I'll be considering replacing it and trying something else. Hopefully this will be the year it turns around and I won't need to do that. Here's photo this week of the new growth for the 2017 season. It's one that goes underground during the winter months.
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Jun 24, 2017 10:33 AM CST
Update on my previous post. This was its year! Many tall scapes, healthy foliage and now there are rebloom scapes which will lengthen the bloom time. I'm happy this year and hope it lasts through several more seasons at this level of performance. At least now I know it can.
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Name: David McCausland
Horseheads, NY (Zone 5a)
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Aug 1, 2017 7:13 AM CST
Chesapeake Crab Legs is a wonderful performer. I figured that I better comment on it since one of my pictures is in the data base. It always looks like the pictures. I had to divide it last year for a sale and kept three fans for myself. It did not look like it skipped a beat.

Name: Sharon Rose
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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Aug 15, 2017 2:28 AM CST
Chesapeake Crablegs in its second year just took off. It is container grown in light shade in Texas.

It started off real nice!.........Made an impressive clump.....
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Then to up the ante....Curls.
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If we were playing poker! ...Curls and Rebloom!
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Best described as fireworks in a pot!
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Chesapeake Crablegs has a very long blooming season! It is a commanding presence in the garden. Looks good surrounded by different shades of green. It also is planted by tropical milkweed, begonias, and Giant Cracker Jack Marigolds which all play off of Chesapeake Crablegs coloring. I highly recommend Thumbs up

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Name: Tina
Greenup, Ky (Zone 6b)
Aug 16, 2017 5:19 PM CST
I purchased multiple single fans from Smokey's Daylily Farm during their winter sales. Received and planted in April this year. They are nearly all three fans now! And these are planted in the dry, top part of my hillside (45 degree slope) garden. Most flowered this year and I love the very tropical coral orange blooms. This flower glows! Scapes stayed up, not easy on a slope. Several others are on probation, but CCL is a keeper. This was my first purchase when I went Hemaholic, and I'll never regret it.
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Still lovely after a hot full sun day.

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