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’

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