November 22, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: University of Wisconsin

University Display Gardens, University of Wisconsin, West Madison Agricultural Research Station, Verona, Wis. The UW trials feature only annuals. This year, 337 varieties were evaluated.             Top Performers: Begonia ‘Whopper Red With Green Leaf’ Gomphrena ‘Forest Pink’ Isotoma ‘Beth’s Blue’ Kwik Kombos Night in Pompeii Mix Pennisetum ‘Vertigo’ (Graceful Grasses) Petunia ‘Sweetunia Black Satin’ Thunbergia ‘Lemon-A-Peel’ Zinnia ‘Zahara Double Fire’  

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November 22, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: North Dakota State University

North Dakota State University, Department of Plant Sciences, Fargo, N.D. The trials featured 200 full-sun annuals, 25 shade annuals, 16 vines and four grasses. Weather conditions during the trials were cool and rainy early and hot and dry from mid-July through mid-September.       Top Performers: Angelonia Serena Series Celosia ‘Fresh Look Yellow’ Celosia ‘Fresh Look Gold’ Cyperus papyrus ‘King Tut’ Gaura lindheimeri Melinis spp. (pink paintbrush grass) Petunia Tidal Wave Series Petunia Pop Rocks Series Pennisetum spp. (fountain grass) Zinnia Profusion Series Zinnia Uptown Series Zinnia Zahara Series

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November 22, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: Michigan State University

  Michigan State University, MSU Horticulture Demonstration Gardens, East Lansing, Mich. The MSU trials include approximately 400 sponsored entries (both in-ground and container trials), as well as more than 100 entries from All-America Selections (flowers and vegetables), the American Garden Award and Fleuroselect. Daedre Craig, annuals trial manager, says the trials had one of the wettest springs on record. There was regular rainfall throughout summer with moderate temperatures and one week-long heat wave above 90°F.       Top Performers: Angelonia ‘Archangel Raspberry Improved’ Begonia ‘Dragone Dusty Rose’ Begonia ‘Sunset’ Calibrachoa ‘Celebration Banana’ Calibrachoa ‘MiniFamous iGeneration White’ Calibrachoa ‘Superbells Pomegranate Punch’ Confetti Garden Mix Rockin’ Red Gerbera ‘Garvinea Jasmina’ Gerbera ‘Garvinea Orangina’ Lobularia ‘White Knight’ Tagetes ‘Alumia Gold’ (marigold) Petunia ‘Trilogy White’  

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November 22, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: Reiman Gardens

Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa The wet conditions experienced by most of the Midwest delayed planting until June 3. By July 4, the rain had let up, and it was dry and hot for the rest of the season. Reiman trials 111 varieties — most are from seed. Top Performers: Calibrachoa ‘Cabaret Bright Red’  Calibrachoa ‘Can-Can Dark Purple’ Celosia plumosa Fresh Look Series

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November 22, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: C. Raker & Sons, Inc.

C. Raker & Sons, Inc., Litchfield, Mich. The Raker trials are extensive and include sponsored beds, All-America Selections beds, comparison trials and multiple areas for overwintering various perennials. A Hort Couture trial area was added this year with more than 600 containers of current catalog and experimental varieties. Spring and summer weather conditions were average. It started out wet and then stayed pleasant throughout the season. Temperatures ranged from an average high of 81.8°F (July) to an average low of 49.7°F (May). Total rainfall for the months of May, June, July and August was 15.28 inches. Top Performers: Angelonia ‘AngelMist Purple Stripe’ Antirrhinum ‘Liberty Classic Bronze’ (snapdragon) Kwik Kombos Plumtastic Mix Lobularia ‘White Stream’ Lantana camara ‘Prisma Magenta Yellow’ Pelargonium ‘Master Idols Flame’ (geranium) Plectranthus ‘Gnash Rambler’ (coleus) Plectranthus ‘Dream Catcher’ (coleus) Portulaca ‘Salmon Pink’ Zinnia ‘Zahara Sunburst’  

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November 22, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: Pike Creek Horticulture Center

  Pike Creek Horticulture Center, Gateway Technical College, Kenosha, Wis. Approximately 50 varieties were trialed at Pike Creek in 2013. Compared to last year’s extreme drought, the weather was a complete turnaround, with a cool spring and plenty of rain. The summer was mild with moderate temperatures in the 80s and few hot and humid days. Early August brought rains and night temperatures in the 40s and low 50s for a week.         Top Performers: Begonia ‘Breezy Pink’ Manihot esculenta ‘Variegata’ (variegated tapioca) Petunia ‘Easy Wave Plum Vein’ Petunia ‘Easy Wave White’  Rosa ‘Peach Drift’ (rose)    

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November 22, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: Missouri Botanical Garden

Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Mo. Like many other Midwestern trial locations, the spring began with cool temperatures. There was adequate rainfall for the first half of summer, but very little in July and August. However, this was not a concern because the trial beds holding 165 varieties of annuals are irrigated. Temperatures at 90°F and above prevailed the second half of the summer.           Top Performers: Canna ‘South Pacific Scarlet’ Gomphrena globosa Pinball Series Impatiens ‘Paradise Rococo Orange’ (New Guinea) Pentas lanceolata ‘Starcluster Lavender’ Petunia ‘Miniblast Rose’ Verbena ‘Lanai Candy Cane’

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Fuseables Burgandy Starlight Mix

November 22, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota, Morris, Minn. The annual flower trials at the University of Minnesota put certain varieties of annuals to the test under different Minnesota conditions to see how they perform.  Top Performers: Bacopa ‘Big Falls Dark Blue’ Begonia boliviensis ‘Santa Cruz Sunset’ Catharanthus ‘Cora Cascade Strawberry’ (vinca) Fuseables Burgundy Starlight Mix Pelargonium ‘Boldly Dark Red’ (inter-specific geranium) Plectranthus ‘Mastermind’ (coleus) Portulaca ‘Soleil Yellow’ Scaevola ‘Paper Doll Top Model’ Thunbergia ‘Lemon A-Peel’ Verbena ‘Temari Cherry Red’  

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