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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bermuda Peach™ Daylily Never Stops Blooming

Continuous blooms from spring through fall add value to the landscape.

It’s a win-win for gardeners and the landscape industry with the new three-season Bermuda Peach™ Daylily. The enchantingly beautiful, continuously re-blooming, care-free daylily delivers brightly colored, four inch, intensely ruffled clear peach flowers on a non-stop basis spring through autumn. 
This strong growing, early-blooming daylily blooms continuously throughout three seasons. Big (4 inch), showy peach flowers with pleated petals of heavy substance and remarkable large, looping ruffles descending into the flower’s throat on round flowers, are held on short scapes. Bermuda Peach™ is a vigorous grower producing compact plants with grassy foliage, and double or triple the number of flower stalks and offsets each year.  Enjoy 24/7™ Daylilies are a garden mainstay used in perennial borders, massed, for erosion control on slopes, or as a color accent.
Excellent re-blooming extends the season and promotes development of new offsets, producing vigorous increases annually. Bloom starts 6 to 8 weeks earlier than regular daylilies, during cool spring nights, a plus for retailers whose customers will be captivated by the colorful display on their springtime shopping trips.

Compact plants fit on retail racks and flower during the spring rush continuing through fall. Rust resistant; flowers are self-cleaning and old blooms are cleanly shed. Compact plants and shorter flower scapes eliminate blow over in retail outlets. This Bermuda Peach™ Daylily is Cold Hardy to -10 to -20° F. (Zone 5 - 9); enjoys full sun exposure and has wide tolerance of soil types and moisture levels, and may be grown in loam, sand or clay on a wide pH of 5 – 8. A long bloom-season, and multiple flowering cycles are perfect for mass plantings and perennial beds.

Bermuda Peach™ Daylily is a 2011 introduction in the Tetraploid series Enjoy 24/7™ “the no work plant collection” from Garden Debut® that features shorter plants with large, brightly-colored flowers. Look for all eight daylilies in the Enjoy 24/7™ “no work plant collection“ line-up that continue with enjoyable names derived from The Beach Boys hits.  These flowers evoke a tropical feel of freedom and fun.

What’s more, Bermuda Peach™ Daylily is resistant to Daylily Rust, the scourge of previous long-blooming daylilies. Short, grassy foliage, clean shedding of old blooms, prolonged reblooming that extends the season, and rapid increases of divisions add up to a finer and more saleable daylily. Compact plants with short flower scapes and foliage of this daylily eliminate blow-over in garden centers common to taller daylilies sold in gallon pots,     

The culmination of seven years of targeted plant modification by renowned daylily breeder and author Dr. Ted Petit of Le Petit Jardin, McIntosh, Fla., Garden Debut® is pleased to provide the green industry with superior plants through this new partnership. Bermuda Peach™ Daylily is available in summer 2011. The series is named for the luscious, soft dawns and tropical island colors of the Beach Boys’ classic song, Kokomo. Look for the other seven introductions in this daylily collection with enjoyable names derived from this hit recording.

Bermuda Peach™ Daylily, Hemerocallis ‘SPd 06-08’ PPAF
(Hybrid 2011 introduction of the Enjoy 24/7™ “the no work plant collection”)
Plant Category:
Mature Height:
18 inches, shorter plants won’t blow over in gallon pots
Mature Spread:
12 inches
Mature Form:
 Grass-like foliage, short mounds (like cushion mums)
Growth Rate:
Vigorous; rapid increase in landscape or garden quickly forming large plants
Disease Resistance:
 Very Rust resistant, “No Work Plant Collection”
Sun Exposure:
 Full sun to partial shade
Soil Moisture:
 Wide range, tolerant of dry to damp soils
Soil Type:
 Loam, Sand, Clay, tolerant of all soil types 
pH Level:
 Wide range, tolerant of soil reaction
Flower Genetics:
 Tetraploid. More flowers with heavier substance, yet the series are shorter with narrow leaves that will not blow over in gallon nursery pots
Light-colored butter cream yellow blooms
Flower Color:
Bright, cheerful Bermuda Peach™ Daylily flowers are a clear peach color.  The wide petals are sculpted with heavy substance, and recurve to form a very round flower. Large, looping ruffles extend into the throat area. Delightfully wide, overlapping, peach petals recurve, creating a round flower form
Flower Size:
 4 inches
Bloom Time:
 Continuous bloom spring through summer
 Starts blooming 6 to 8 weeks earlier than standard commercial varieties, blooms during spring retail rush. Branched flower scapes have dozens of flower buds, enhancing the display.
 Flowers even in cool weather and cold nights
Repeat bloomer:
 Outstanding re-bloomer or continual-bloomer with multitudes of buds and flowers on well- branched scapes
 Clean shedding of old blooms
 Flowers extremely early (with Azaleas and Redbud) and throughout  summer and fall, until hard frost
Landscape Value:
 Improved garden mainstay; popular perennial now blooms earlier, fits into retail racks and has greater landscape application
 5 – 9
 U.S., Dr. Ted Petit, McIntosh, FL
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