Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Bertie Ferris

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Jun 25, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Background history:

'Bertie Ferris' is a miniature dormant diploid introduced in 1969 by Winniford. No additional information on this hybridizer.

Bertie Ferris is an early extended bloomer. It has a rust resistance rating of 2.0. It has earned the following AHS awards: Stout Silver Medal: 1980, Award of Merit: 1975, Honorable Mention: 1972, JC: 1969, and DFM: 1973. It is pod and pollen fertile with currently 35 registered children:

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

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Bertie Ferris')
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Jun 25, 2016 6:13 PM CST
I ordered Bertie Ferris from G.H. Wild and planted it on 06-13-2015, so it was a tiny plant when I received it. I don't think I even noticed that is was Mini when I ordered it. I have since acquired a few more minis. Bertie Ferris has not done all that well, it appears it is taking a while to settle in here. It did bloom this year, and it did rebloom this year, and I might even get another round of blooms off of it. I did show quite a bit of rust this year, the blooms are plain, and very small. But in the right place and situation such small plants can be attractive, I just have not worked it into the right spot yet. I plan to leave it in the present location till it matures more then look for a more attractive location for it. I took this photo this morning, the bloom was exceptionally small. Maybe an inch and a half. The foliage has never looked that great and the plant has never looked robust and really healthy, but it is still young. So far it is slow to multiply and the scapes have been very small with a low bud count.
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Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Jun 25, 2016 6:25 PM CST
I have had very good success with Bertie Ferris. A clump was given to me by a friend at least 10 years ago. I planted it in a semi-shaded area of my garden, and it has performed very well. It looks nice blooming against a dark background. It has proved to be very hardy. and a reliable bloomer.

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Name: Liz Quinn
Huntersville,NC (Zone 7a)
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Jun 25, 2016 7:47 PM CST
Bertie Ferris has performed very well for me. It is a compact clump and produces 6-8 scapes and usually blooms for at least a month.
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Name: Theresa Maris
Bowling Green,KY (Zone 6b)
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Jun 26, 2016 1:44 PM CST
Bertie Ferris is a very hardy little mini daylily. The blooms are always perfect and numerous. Bertie Ferris thrives perfectly in my zone 6b southern Kentucky garden.
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Jul 21, 2017 11:48 AM CST
I have had this plant since June 2015, so just over two years. There are too many fans in the clump for me to count they are so crowded, I would guess around 25 to 30.
I pulled nearly 20 scapes from my little 'Bertie Ferris' clump this morning. They averaged 23 inches tall, with mostly 2way branching (beginning to get several three way branching scapes) with an averaged bud count of 9 per scape.The blooms are small, 2.5 inches. Naturally the blooms in the photo this late in the season are reblooms.
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