2012 Field Trials Reports: University of Georgia

Petunia 'Sanguna Light Blue'

Trial manager: Meg Green, Trial Garden Supervisor, greenplantnerd@gmail.com

Trial Location: University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Planting dates: We began planting in early April, hoping not to have a late frost. We grew the petunias and calibrachoa in containers outside almost upon receiving them in mid-March. We had an early, prolonged spring and were extremely fortunate not to receive a late frost.

Number and types of entries: Each year, we trial what our plant sources send us, the best and the newest cultivars of geraniums, petunias, impatiens, begonias, calibrachoa, celosia, caladiums etc. We plant as many of each cultivar as we can, often putting plants in multiple locations.

Weather conditions during the trials: The summer of 2012 in Athens, Georgia, was as peculiar as last summer. We had a long, mild spring and a temperate early summer. We were then whammied by weeks of 100°F-plus temperatures. Throughout the summer, we were fortunate to receive regular rainfalls and more mild temperatures. Compared to the summer of 2011, the 2012 season was almost pleasant, but 2011 was brutal.

Best in show

Lobularia ’Lavender Stream’ (Danziger)
Calibrachoa ‘Superbells Lemon Slice’ (Proven Winners)
Clerodendrum ‘Starshine’ (Athena Brazil)
Pelargonium ‘Caliente Orange’ (geranium) (Syngenta)
Impatiens ‘SunPatiens Electric Orange’ (New Guinea) (Sakata)

Top Performers

Begonia ‘Baby Wing White With Bronze Foliage’ (PanAmerican Seed)
Plectranthus ‘Colorblaze Marooned’ (coleus) (Proven Winners)
Calibrachoa ‘Mini Famous iGeneration Orange’ (Selecta First Class)
Calibrachoa ‘Lindura Light Blue’ (Fides Oro)
Begonia ‘Ikon Bronze’ (Floranova)
Petunia ‘Sanguna Light Blue’ (Syngenta Flowers)
Petunia ‘Peppy Lavender’ (Dümmen)
Caladium ‘Blushing Bride’ (Classic Caladiums)
Plectranthus ‘Honey Crisp’ (coleus) (Ball FloraPlant)
Mixed petunia basket ‘S4 Combo’ (Suntory)

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