Past Plants of the Day forum: Daylily of the Day: Cranberry Baby

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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Jan 27, 2017 6:01 PM CST
Background history:

'Cranberry Baby' is a dormant diploid introduced in 1984 by Croker. No further information is known about this hybridizer other than there are 57 registered cultivars under the hybridizers name.

Cranberry Baby is an early to mid-season extended bloomer with possible re-bloom. It has a 4.4 rust susceptibility rating. It has earned the following AHS awards: Honorable Mention: 1988 and JC: 1985. It is both pod and pollen fertile with currently 30 registered children: https://garden.org/plants/pare...

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Cranberry Baby') .

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Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Cranberry Baby')
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Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
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Gleni
Jan 28, 2017 6:17 PM CST
Mine was bought from a nursery last year. It has been tissued cultured here in Australia and sold commercially by the hundereds, apparently. It is easily fertile both ways and mine has multiplied quickly and bloomed continually since October.
The blurb says:
"A prolific, repeating display of deep crimson coloured flower from summer to autumn.
Compact variety with neat, mounding habit of weeping, evergreen foliage.
Fast and easy to grow.
Low maintenace and dry tolerant.
Height 40cm X spread 50cm.
Grows well in most soil types which are well draining. Apply a slow release fertiliser during late autumn."
So far it has been rust free in my garden.

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Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
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Polymerous
Jan 29, 2017 2:00 AM CST
I had this one for a great many years, having originally obtained it from the local daylily club. (The "had" is because I finally got rid of it last autumn, when I was reworking the bed that was in. I dithered a bit over removing it, but ultimately I am not really a fan of miniature daylilies and I have a lot of large flowered daylilies needing garden spots.)

I have to question the "dormant" registration info, as it has been evergreen (or possibly at worst, semi-evergreen) here in my (Zone 9) garden. It persisted many years with minimum care, in a location that got only a few (4 or so?) hours of sunlight a day. (Basically, it stayed here until I dug it up and removed it.) Under these conditions, it had a budcount of maybe around 10-12, at best. I don't recall getting rebloom on it (but I never really took care of it, either, and for most of the years that it was here, it was subject to deer predation.)

Another reason (besides those given above) that I got rid of it was because of the supposed rust susceptibility. I have to say, though, that I don't recall ever seeing rust on it. Confused This might have been because it (and a handful of other daylilies) were off in a part of the garden that was some distance from where I have had rust.

Overall, the mini blooms had a nice color and opened well (always a concern here), displaying just above the top of the foliage (and maybe occasionally down in the foliage). The blooms did not have a great, modern ruffled form, and the budcount and branching weren't great, but it was an "okay" plant while it was here (and one of the few daylilies that I ever won a purple rosette for, lol! Rolling on the floor laughing ).

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Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
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Gleni
Jan 29, 2017 5:19 AM CST
Polymerous, I missed that it was supposed to be a dormant but I agree with you that it must likely is not. Certainly, not in the subtropics. I purchased mine in the first month of winter here and I am sure it continued to grow through the cold months. I will note its behavior this year to be certain, however.

Andrea021683
Jan 29, 2017 5:58 AM CST
I love daylilies. The flowers have different colors. Im very fond of flowers that have attractive colors.
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Hemlady
Jan 29, 2017 6:04 AM CST
I have a noid daylily and I think Cranberry Baby may be it. It was purchased many years ago, before I was taking any special care to mark my flowers with signs. It is growing at my cottage which is in zone 4 and struggles in that zone. It is only about 5 fans and have had it for over 15 years. I did get a chance to see it bloom last summer and was trying to figure out what it was. I now think it is Cranberry Baby.
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Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
Grey-headed Flying-foxes
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
Jan 29, 2017 5:59 PM CST
Welcome to NGA Andrea021683! Welcome!

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