2012 Field Trials Reports: Ohio State University

Trial manager: Lindsay Pangborn, Cultivar Trial Manager, pangborn.9@osu.edu

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Planting dates: Starting May 1 for cool-tolerant crops, starting May 15 for all other crops. Planting completed by May 29

Number/kind of entries: 750 entries total. 307 field, 29 hanging baskets, 348 container and 66 shade. Entries are primarily annuals/tender perennials, although some hardy perennials are included, as well. All entries are treated as annuals in our trial (i.e. not overwintered)

Weather conditions during the trials: During planting and establishment period, weather was ideal, with cool nights and adequate amounts of rain. Beginning in mid-June through end of August, conditions were unusually hot and dry. It was necessary to water weekly (or more) by means of overhead irrigation. September has brought rainfall and cooler temps.

Consumer favorites:

Chili Pepper ‘Loco’
Coleus ‘Chocolate Covered Cherry’
Caladium ‘White Dynasty’
Caladium ‘White Diamond’
Begonia ‘Whopper Red Bronze Leaf’
Impatiens Magnum series 
Petunia ‘Potunia Plus Red’
Petunia ‘Surfinia Wild Plum’
Petunia ‘Surfinia Deep Purple Mini’
Petunia ‘Supertunia Vista Fuchsia’
Petunia ‘Supertunia Sangria Charm’
Petunia ‘Supertunia Bordeaux’

Late consumer favorites (Pelargonium came on strong with cooler temps): Pelargonium ‘Master Idols Scarlet Red’ 
Pelargonium ‘Americana Dark Red’
Pelargonium ‘Calliope Lavender Rose’

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