I had been eyeing the foliage on 'Great White', it was looking like rust. With a few days in a row of rain and high eighties temps. it became an outbreak. I removed every leaf from it. I left the scape on it because it had a pod. Now 'Magnificent Rainbow' is starting to get rust, I removed several leaves from it, and may have to remove them all. Both of these plants show a rating in the threes and
Shows Susceptibility. Being both of these plants are new to the garden, and with them being known to show rust I was not surprised. The thing is that it often seems no matter where the daylilies come from, and no matter what the rating (normally not so much with 1.0) but even them sometimes, the first year in the garden they seem to develop rust. Then for some reason it seems to often go away or at least not be so bad. I was really enjoying getting this far along in the season (past peak time now here) with no rust.
I know the northern growers often don't like to buy southern plants because of a fear of rust. But it also seems to me that daylilies either have built up some resistant in their home garden to the strains of rust there, but then when shipped to a new location and are faced with a new strain of rust, they become susceptible. I have no hopes or dreams of ever doing away with rust in my garden, it seems that nature will pretty well dictate how much rust will affect my garden each year. At least the new plants are all pretty much isolated in a bed to themselves this year, that has not been the case most years. It was more by accident than planning, but I am liking how it worked out.