Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Planet Max

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Name: Jon Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Sep 8, 2016 6:01 PM CST

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Background history:

'Planet Max' is a semi-evergreen diploid introduced in 1996 by Reed.

It has earned the following AHS awards:
Honorable Mention: 2002

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

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Planet Max')
Name: David McCausland
Horseheads, NY (Zone 5a)
Daylilies Region: New York Plant and/or Seed Trader Hybridizer
Bedmaker
Sep 8, 2016 6:19 PM CST
Great plant. Tall scapes, prolific bloomer and good increaser. I know that the hybridizer has several intros out of PLANET MAX. Several years ago I won for best UFO off scape at a daylily show with a PLANET MAX bloom. Back then, I was not a big fan of UFOs or smalls and I won both divisions (can't help all of the puns). Great all around garden plant. It won't leave my garden anytime soon. I have it in full sun and the scapes stand straight.
Name: Mary Anne Jay
Wentworth, NS, Canada (Zone 5a)
Region: Canadian
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Raven
Sep 9, 2016 4:40 AM CST



Planet Max bloomed for the first time this season. It has been here for 2 years and has doubled in the number of fans. The blooms did not have the big eye shown in most pictures in the data base but I expect more of that as it matures. The scapes were about 36 inches but, again, it has yet to reach maturity. Scapes stand tall and strong. The purple color is strong and all blooms were consistent. None opened blotchy.
Name: Brian
Ontario Canada (Zone 5b)
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bearsearch
Sep 9, 2016 4:42 AM CST
Wish I had something to actually say about this plant. I've had it now for 3 years, has been growing - not fast but multiplying each year. Not one single flower on it yet, nothing, not even a scape that started but got broken, eaten or blasted. Everything else in that garden that was purchased at the same time and from the same place has been blooming well, this one zippo, nada, zilch. Moving it to a new place this fall and if it doesn't do something next year or two then the compost heap gets it.
Name: Avedon
NE Tex (Zone 8a)
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Avedon
Sep 9, 2016 10:32 AM CST
Planet Max arrived here in late May of 2014. It has done wonderfully well. The scapes must be at least 36 inches, maybe a little more. I don't care if they reach the listed 42 inches, I am satisfied the way they are. The plant has multiplied well, and the flowers are usually good, get an occasional meltdown when the weather is really hot. I love that color and the white streak on the midrib, if that's the correct term. PMax will definitely be around here for quite some time. I was checking out the pictures on the Plant Database and I see I have not posted a pic of Planet Max--must make a note to do that next year.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Sep 9, 2016 6:24 PM CST
It is a slow increaser for me. After 3 years, there are still only 4 fans. I wonder if it is in too much sun. I have moved it to a more shady location hoping for better results.

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Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
Kaspar-scourge of daylily seedlings
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Gleni
Sep 10, 2016 10:16 PM CST
PLANET MAX is a bloom machine. It is susceptible but not a rust bucket. It increases well and reblooms.
It flowers in the last month of spring here. It is easily pollen fertile. I have never managed to set pods but one bee has.

Name: Julie
Roanoke, VA (Zone 7a)
Daylilies Region: Virginia Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Heucheras Cat Lover Hummingbirder
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floota
Sep 12, 2016 10:39 AM CST
PLANET MAX is a top notch cultivar here! Once, while visiting Hattiesburg, MS, it was a shock to see it blooming well there, because it was hybridized in MD and some of Margo's won't grow well in the deep south. Apparently this one does. Someone at that Regional meeting came up to me and told me they'd won a show award with it in MS! Here, Planet Max has excellent plant habits, including well branched scapes and a bud count here of between 30-35. Also , I was fortunate several times to get to play with Max ( Margo's beautiful Silver Tabby who recently died at an advanced age) after whom this plant is named.
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Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
Kaspar-scourge of daylily seedlings
Region: Australia Annuals Canning and food preservation Herbs Tropicals Foliage Fan
Plays in the sandbox Cactus and Succulents Garden Photography Hybridizer Composter Sedums
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Gleni
Sep 13, 2016 3:07 AM CST
Julie, that is a great titbit. It is quite marvellous to hear it was named after a cat, Max. Would you believe I cannot let my blue-point ragdoll Kaspar into the garden because he makes a beeline to it and starts munching the leaves.
Name: David McCausland
Horseheads, NY (Zone 5a)
Daylilies Region: New York Plant and/or Seed Trader Hybridizer
Bedmaker
Sep 13, 2016 3:45 AM CST
Another interesting tidbit is that one of its parents was hybridized by Bud Bennett. Those familiar with Bud Bennett, know that he prefers round flowers. So he gifted a seedling to Margo because it was too narrow for him and it became one of the parents of PLANET MAX.
Name: Avedon
NE Tex (Zone 8a)
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Avedon
Sep 14, 2016 8:17 AM CST
Gleni, this may be off message, but I would love to see a picture of your cat Kaspar. Obviously, he must be a DL lover, just like us. Smiling
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Sep 15, 2016 5:45 PM CST
Wow, I must be doing something wrong with mine. I would love for it to bloom like yours, Julie, and perform as well as yours David and Gleni. Where do you have yours planted? Is it in full sun or partial shade?
Name: David McCausland
Horseheads, NY (Zone 5a)
Daylilies Region: New York Plant and/or Seed Trader Hybridizer
Bedmaker
Sep 15, 2016 9:16 PM CST
Karen,

I have mine planted in full sun. It was planted in partial shade and did not perform as well. This was the first year in full sun and it was outstanding. A person visiting the garden bought a double fan of it based upon the scape. It was well branched and highly budded.
Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
Kaspar-scourge of daylily seedlings
Region: Australia Annuals Canning and food preservation Herbs Tropicals Foliage Fan
Plays in the sandbox Cactus and Succulents Garden Photography Hybridizer Composter Sedums
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Gleni
Sep 15, 2016 11:59 PM CST
Karen, mine is in full sun and I am in the subtropics here (that will be equivalent to your deep south).

Avedon, I will do a photo of Kaspar for you. I have to sneak up on him.
Name: Julie
Roanoke, VA (Zone 7a)
Daylilies Region: Virginia Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Heucheras Cat Lover Hummingbirder
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floota
Sep 16, 2016 4:32 AM CST
Full sun!
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Sep 16, 2016 6:17 AM CST
Thank You! everyone. I will locate it back to full sun in a different location where it was.
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Sep 30, 2016 12:09 PM CST
I acquired 2 fans at the end of July 2015 that were potted up. This plant was later transplanted to a new raised bed in October 2015. It did not bloom for me this year (2016), so I am waiting to see what the flowers look like in person on Planet Max. Love the name, btw!

It is still two small fans. It gets full sun, lots of water, and regular fertilizing. Go figure!

Hopefully, in 2017 I will see some action with this cultivar. Or I may have to dig it up and try a different location. I am at a loss as to what it's malfunction is. Glare Confused
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