2017 Cornell University Field Trials Results

After the severe drought of last summer, the Cornell University Field Trials finally received some much-needed rain in 2017. June was about average for rainfull, but in July it poured, with 174% of normal precipitation. Fortunately, most of Cornell University’s 125-plus varieties seemed to adapt well, and it was a good trial season. This year, Cornell tried trialing tomatoes, both in ground and in containers. Although it wasn’t the best year for tomatoes, the trial manager reports that ‘Midnight Snack’ tomato from PanAmerican Seed was an stunner in-ground, while EarthWork Seed’s ‘Red Racer’ took top place for tasty tomatoes grown in containers.

Field Day Favorites

  • Colocasia ‘Royal Hawaiian Aloha’ (Proven Winners)
  • Alternanathera ‘Purple Prince’ (PanAmerican Seed)
  • Ornamental Pepper ‘Midnight Fire’ (PanAmerican Seed)
  • Salvia ‘Mystic Spires Improved’ (Ball FloraPlant)
  • Ornamental Millet ‘Copper Prince’ (PanAmerican Seed)
  • Salvia ‘Rockin’ Deep Purple’ (Proven Winners)
  • Hypoestes ‘Hippo Rose’ (Proven Winners)
  • Dianthus ‘Jolt Pink Magic’ (PanAmerican Seed)
  • Tomato ‘Red Racer’ (Earthwork Seed)
  • Alternanthera ‘Plum Dandy’ (Proven Winners)

Consumer Favorites

  • Zinnia ‘Double Zahara Raspberry Ripple’ (PanAmerican Seed)
  • Ornamental Pepper ‘Midnight Fire’ (PanAmerican Seed)
  • Celosia ‘Twisted Orange’ (Ball Ingenuity)
  • Dahlia ‘Dahlightful Sultry Scarlet’ (Proven Winners)
  • Verbena ‘Endurascape White Blush’ (Ball FloraPlant)
  • Phlox ‘Intensia Red Hot’ (Proven Winners)
  • Salvia ‘Mystic Spires Improved’ (Ball FloraPlant)
  • Colocasia ‘Royal Hawaiian Aloha’ (Proven Winners)
  • Begonia ‘Whopper Rose with Green Leaf’ (Ball Ingenuity)
  • Alternanthera ‘Purple Prince’ (PanAmerican Seed)
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