2016 University of Minnesota Field Trials Results

The Horticulture Display Garden at the University of Minnesota spans nearly 3 acres of public land, and features 425 annual flower trial varieties in 2016. These included seed and vegetative plant material from breeder-sponsored trials and an All-America Selections (AAS) display, as well as an ornamental seed and vegetative ornamental trial. A new method of evaluating annual flowers this year was having consumers vote for their favorite annual flower.

Steve Poppe, Horticulture Scientist, says spring weather conditions were excellent for planting trial plants in late May. Precipitation for May through August was 16.55 inches, which is above average. Growing degree days for April through August totaled 2178. The average is 2111 for this time period.

Top Performers

Begonia ‘Solenia Apricot’
Angelonia ‘Angelface Super Pink’
Begonia ‘Whopper Rose Bronze’
Coleus ‘French Quarter’
Impatiens (interspecific) ‘Bounce Bright Coral’
Impatiens ‘SunPatiens Spreading Shell Pink’
Petunia ‘African Sunset’
Petunia ‘Supertunia Vista Fuchsia Improved’
Vinca ‘Solar Avalanche Red’
Zinnia ‘Solmar Rose’
Zinnia ‘Zahara XL Fire Improved’

Topics: , ,

Leave a Reply

More From Varieties...

April 25, 2018

March Was a Month of Awards for Spring Meadow Nursery, Proven Winners

After taking home a best new variety award at a Belgian horticulture event, Proven Winners held its always-popular Shrub Madness tournament to coincide with the annual NCAA Championship.

Read More

April 25, 2018

Armitage Scholar’s Final Thoughts on the People and Plants of California Spring Trials 2018

"This trip solidified my desire to breed plants. Every time I was able to have a discussion about plant traits, genetics, and germplasm, I felt a thrill of excitement."

Read More
Gomphrena Truffula Pink (Proven Winners)

April 24, 2018

Armitage Talks Favorites From Danziger and Proven Winners

From annuals that look like they came out of a Dr. Seuss book to breeding marvels in perennials and shrubs, the visits to Danziger and Proven Winners at California Spring Trials were exciting, to be sure. Here are some of Dr. A's favorites.

Read More