2010 Field Trials: Texas A&M University

2010 Field Trials: Texas A&M University

[imageviewer]

Best in Show:

Gomphrena Las Vegas series, Audray series, and Fireworks: This was another great year for gomphrena due to the extreme heat and lack of rain. The Las Vegas series from Benary was outstanding. It was more vigorous than the smaller bedding types like the Buddy series, but was not as large as the Audray series from American Takaii. The Audray series put on a great show due to its inherent size and vigor, another series with excellent performance. Fireworks from PanAmerican is in a class by itself.

Top 5 varieties overall:

Coleus Rebel Rouser: This bright chartreuse yellow leaved wonder from Proven Winners took the heat without leaf burn. It was stunning at the end of the summer when plants with this leaf color have usually browned out. Very little flowering was another plus.

Euphorbia White Manaus: This euphorbia from GroLink is the most vigorous we have grown. It stayed fresh and in flower all season long. It will be promoted as a Texas Superstar® (www.texassuperstar.com ) in spring 2011.

Lantana Bandana White and Lucky Pure Gold: Lantanas always shine in the heat and this year was no exception. I was particularly impressed with the mounding, uniform habit of Bandana White from Syngenta Flowers. And Lucky Pure Gold from Ball FloraPlant put in a second year of outstanding flower power.

Napier Grass Princess Caroline: This Napier Grass from Wayne Hanna’s breeding program at the University of Georgia is a fantastic new addition to our plant palette in this region. This cultivar is improved over Princess with darker foliage and resistance to leaf spot in our climate. This is a great new plant!

Portulaca Duet Rose N’ Yellow: Portulaca do not always thrill me, but this one from Sakata Elite Propagation caught my eye. It still only opens during the day, but flowering remained steady all summer and made a very nice ground cover with a beautiful combination of colors.

Trial Site:

Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Overton, Texas

Planting Dates:

Several hundred entries (about 400 in the field and 50 containers) were planted from late April to late May 2010.

Weather conditions during the trials: Conditions in May were warm and dry. June brought hot temperatures with little rainfall. Late June into early July was hot, rainy, and humid. Late July remained hot and dry. August had record heat with little rain, but high humidities prevailed. This has been one of the toughest trial seasons weather wise in recent memory. Weather details can be found at http://etweather.tamu.edu/datatable/ .

 

Trial Manager:

Brent Pemberton, Professor
Texas AgriLife Research, Texas A&M University System
P.O. Box 200
Overton, TX 75684
903-834-6191
903-834-7140
http://overton.tamu.edu/flowers/index.htm

 

Leave a Reply

More From Variety Trials...

August 7, 2017

Standout Plants from the 2017 Ohio State University Field Trials

Cultivate'17 attendees had a chance to visit the annual and container trials at The Ohio State University to see how some of the newest plant introductions are performing. Here's some of the new plants that stood out.

Read More

April 18, 2017

Cool Combos From CAST 2017 – Editor’s Choice

With container gardening becoming more of a lifestyle among consumers than a trend, and breeders continuing to put more effort in container mixes and components, I feel I would be remiss if I didn't share some of the special combinations that not only caught my eye at California Spring Trials, but absolutely took my breath away and made me want to immediately get started gardening.

Read More
Lupinus Staircase Series (Green Fuse Botanicals)

April 11, 2017

Begonias, Celosias Among Dr. Allan Armitage’s Favorites From Green Fuse Botanicals and Floranova at California Spring Trials

Check out some of Allan’s top picks from his final day at CAST 2017, which included visits to Green Fuse Botanicals and Floranova.

Read More
Latest Stories

August 7, 2017

Standout Plants from the 2017 Ohio State University Fie…

Cultivate'17 attendees had a chance to visit the annual and container trials at The Ohio State University to see how some of the newest plant introductions are performing. Here's some of the new plants that stood out.

Read More

April 18, 2017

Cool Combos From CAST 2017 – Editor’s Choic…

With container gardening becoming more of a lifestyle among consumers than a trend, and breeders continuing to put more effort in container mixes and components, I feel I would be remiss if I didn't share some of the special combinations that not only caught my eye at California Spring Trials, but absolutely took my breath away and made me want to immediately get started gardening.

Read More
Lupinus Staircase Series (Green Fuse Botanicals)

April 11, 2017

Begonias, Celosias Among Dr. Allan Armitage’s Favorites…

Check out some of Allan’s top picks from his final day at CAST 2017, which included visits to Green Fuse Botanicals and Floranova.

Read More
Rex Begonia container mix at Green Fuse Botanicals

April 11, 2017

Green Fuse Botanicals’ Rex Begonias and First Looks; Fl…

Here are the highlights from Green Fuse Botanicals and Floranova on the last day of CAST 2017.

Read More

April 7, 2017

Hort Couture Wows With Farm to Table; Florist Holland R…

On the last day for GroLink and the second to last for the Greenhouse Grower team, the wealth of genetics, marketing programs, and announcements were pleasing to our eyes, ears, and hearts.

Read More

April 7, 2017

California Spring Trials Day Five: Notable New Plant Va…

See some of the new varieties for 2018 displayed at Ball Horticultural and GroLink Plant Company on day five of California Spring Trials 2017.

Read More

April 7, 2017

PanAmerican Promotes Pentas, Plug-and-Play, and Veggies…

On Day 5 of the California Spring Trials, the Greenhouse Grower team hit the Southern California Trials and saw a multitude of new introductions and exciting programs.

Read More

April 7, 2017

CAST 2017: Musings of a California Spring Trials Rookie…

The number of opportunities presented to me are enough to make me rethink my location, but I still have a lot of big decisions to make for the future.

Read More

April 6, 2017

Dr. Allan Armitage’s Top Picks From Ball and GroL…

Here are Dr. Allan Armitage’s five variety picks, plus one display, from on Day 5 of CAST 2017.

Read More

April 6, 2017

Dümmen Orange Provides Retail Concepts; Terra Nova Offe…

Greenhouse Grower hit the Central Coast of California on our Day 4 of California Spring Trials, and what we saw was inspiring and exciting.

Read More

April 5, 2017

California Spring Trials Day Four: New Plant Intros fro…

The Greenhouse Grower team saw loads of memorable plants during day four, as it visited Dümmen Orange, Chisan Orchids, and Windmill Nursery. Dümmen had several notable introductions, including Wild Romance New Guinea impatiens in Blush Pink and White, which inspired the theme of its displays. One of the standout displays was its perennial combos with some new leucanthemum additions. Chisan Orchids in Los Alamos, CA, with Israeli breeders Hishtil, Jaldety, and Cohen Propagators, was a new stop on the route this year. Hishtil has a new gaura series out that includes a compact, low-growing variety, ‘Baby,’ with a mass of pink blooms. Cohen displayed Verbena ‘Mickey Red Rose,’ a unique bi-color that looks like a mixed combo, and Jaldety featured an interesting Cyperus prolifera. Windmill Nursery was the last stop of the day, with breeders Terra Nova Nurseries, Kientzler, J. Berry Nursery, and KiwiFlora. Terra Nova had several new heuchera for show, including ‘Onyx,’ which is a mounding, […]

Read More

April 5, 2017

CAST 2017: Musings of a California Spring Trials Rookie…

Set-aside all the varieties - I have come to the realization that being a grower is where I belong.

Read More

April 4, 2017

California Spring Trials Day Three – New Intros f…

Check out some of the great new plant introductions for 2018 the Greenhouse Grower team encountered on day four of California Spring Trials 2017.

Read More

April 4, 2017

Takii’s New Breeding Efforts; Sakata Seed America Turns…

Day three on the trail took us to the last three stops in the north, American Takii, Sakata Seed America, and Floricultura, which showcased a number of companies.

Read More

April 4, 2017

CAST 2017: Musings of a Spring Trials Rookie – the Last…

Although there are so many companies in this business, it still seems like we are all part of the same team. We strive to find solutions to the problems we share. We all get worked up over each other’s introductions. But what’s most exciting is that we all make the future of horticulture something to write home about.

Read More

April 3, 2017

Pacific Plug and Liner Highlights Camp Perennial, Growe…

Greenhouse Grower's second day of California Spring Trials 2017 offered some interesting new marketing efforts. Here's a look at what we saw, and what you need to know.

Read More

April 3, 2017

Benary is the Talk of the Trials

Benary changed the game this year, in a few different ways. From the new distribution announcement, connecting virtual reality with gardening to social media, drones, and helicopters, day 2 of CAST was a wild ride.

Read More

April 3, 2017

California Spring Trials Day Two – Highlights and New P…

See the highlights from day two of California Spring Trials 2017, with new plants and displays from stops at Speedling, Pacific Plug & Liner, and Ernst Benary of America.

Read More