October 21, 2009

2009 Field Trials: Colorado State University

Trial Manager: Dr. James E. Klett Trial Location: Fort Collins, Colo.   Planting Dates: 1,200 entries and more than 700 containers were planted May 27 through June 17.   Weather Conditions: Weather conditions were a factor, especially in the early part of the summer. We had severe hail on June 7 that really damaged all the geraniums in the ground and in pots, as well as all the petunias that had been planted at that point in the ground. Two more hail storms with nickel-size hail occurred on June 10 and June 22. We had average rainfall in June and July with several major downpours.   Best In Show: Bracteantha ‘Strawburst Yellow’ from Syngenta Flowers   Best New Variety: Gomphrena ‘Fireworks’ from PanAmerican Seed   Top Five: 1. Ageratum ‘Patina Purple’ from Syngenta Flowers   2. Cleome ‘Senorita Rosalita’ from Proven Winners   3. Lobularia ‘Snow Princess’ from Proven Winners […]

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October 21, 2009

2009 Field Trials: Cornell University – Long Island

Trial Manager: Nora Catlin Trial Location: Cornell University Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center, Riverhead, N.Y.   Planting Dates: Nearly 200 entries were transplanted into 4-inch pots in the greenhouse throughout April and planted outside during the first week of June. Three 12-inch containers were planted with three 4-inch potted plants each.   Weather Conditions: June was rainy and cloudy. In general, the season was cooler than usual.   Best In Show: Petunia ‘Cascadia Noble Blue’ from Danziger and petunia ‘Supertunia Lavender Skies’ from Proven Winners   Top Five: 1. Alternanthera ‘Royal Tapestry’ from Proven Selections   2. Petunia ‘Cascadia Ann Wood’ from Danziger   3. Petunia ‘Littletunia Rose’ from Danziger   4. Petunia ‘Littletunia White Grace’ from Danziger   5. Petunia ‘Pretty Much Picasso’ from Proven Winners

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October 21, 2009

2009 Field Trials: The Ohio State University – Columbus

Trial Director/Trial Manager: Claudio Pasian and Bart Hayes Location: Columbus, Ohio   Planting Dates: The 2009 Summer Annual Trials has been a record year with 716 entries from 22 companies all over the world. Plants were installed May 12.   Weather Conditions: Spring and early summer temperatures were normal with rainfall at seasonal averages. July brought drastically lower temperatures with highs 15 degrees below normal. In August, temperatures increased but were still below seasonal averages, as were rainfall amounts. The season ended with rainfall returning and continued below-average temperatures.   Top Five: 1. Euphorbia ‘White Manaus’ from GroLink   2. Ornamental pepper ‘Purple Flash’ from PanAmerican Seed   3. Coleus ‘Versa Crimson Gold’ from PanAmerican Seed   4. Vinca ‘Cora Deep Lavender’ from Goldsmith Seeds   5. Petunia ‘Sanguna Lipstick’ from Syngenta Flowers

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October 21, 2009

2009 Field Trials: Ohio State University – Springfield

Trial Manager: Pam Bennett Planting date: May 21 Weather Conditions: June weather was average, July was cooler than normal and wet and August was cooler than normal and average rainfall. Best in Show: Alyssum ‘Snow Princess.’ This heat tolerant alyssum didn’t stop blooming the entire season. The plant grew 2 foot wide by 1 foot tall and was covered in white snowy blooms all season. Top 5 varieties overall: Alyssum ‘Snow Princess’ Pennisetum ‘Red Riding Hood.’ A dwarf pennisetum that has incredible color power throughout the season. The deep red-burgandy foliage accents the early season garden and the blooms emerge in late June and are burgundy. The plant grows to around 4 feet tall and around 3 feet wide. The flowers are held around 1 foot above the plant. Cleome ‘Senorita Rosalita.’ Grows to around 3 feet tall and as wide with incredible pinkish-purple blooms that last all summer and don’t require deadheading. In addition, no bare […]

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October 21, 2009

2009 Field Trials: Texas A&M University

Trial Manager: Brent Pemberton Location: Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Overton, Texas   Weather Conditions: Weather during planting was mild. June and early July became very hot and dry with many days over 100 degrees F. Temperatures moderated in late July with significant rainfall. August came with a return to very hot conditions.   Best In Show: Lobularia ‘Snow Princess’ from Proven Winners   Top Five: 1. Las Vegas gomphrena series from Benary   2. Lantana ‘Bandana Lemon Zest’ from Syngenta Flowers   3. Lantana ‘Lucky Pure Gold’ from Ball FloraPlant   4. Petunia ‘Cadenza Rose Red’ from American Takii   5. Verbena ‘Superbena Coral Red’ improved from Proven Winners

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October 21, 2009

South Dakota State 2009 Field Trials

South Dakota State 2009 Field Trials

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October 21, 2009

2009 Field Trials: Oklahoma State University

Trial Manager: Haldor Howard Planting dates: Week of May 11 Weather Conditions: Conditions were mild in May, became extremely hot in June. July and August had a mix of heat and a few milder days with some rain. Best in Show: Zinnia ‘Zahara Double Orange’ Top 5 varieties overall: Catharanthus ‘Pacifica XP Cranberry’ (vinca). Superior appearance all season. Coleus ‘Versa Crimson Gold.’ Attractive foliage, perhaps best of the series. Dianthus ‘Bouquet Rose Magic.’ Magical performer. Gomphrena ‘Las Vegas Purple.’ Very nice show and an excellent bet for hot summers. Petunia ‘Ramblin’ Pink.’  Beautiful and we unintentionally discovered what seems to be superior resistance to phytophthora.

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October 21, 2009

2009 Field Trials: Cornell University – Ithaca

Trials Manager: Melissa Kitchen Number of entries:  240 varieties from Ball FloraPlant, PanAmerican Seed, Syngenta Flowers Inc., Proven Winners, Oro Farms, W. Atlee Burpee & Co. and American Takii, Inc Best in Show: Zinnia Zahara ‘Fire,’ Sanvitalia Cuzco ‘Yellow’ and ornamental millet ‘Jade Princess.’ Top 5 Varieties Overall: Zinnia Zahara ‘Fire’ Sanvitalia Cuzco ‘Yellow’ Ornamental millet ‘Jade Princess’ Lobelia Techno Heat ‘Upright Light Blue’ Salvia Velocity ‘Blue’

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October 21, 2009

Iowa State 2009 Field Trials

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October 20, 2009

2009 Field Trials: Ohio State University – Springfield

Trial Manager: Pam Bennett Planting date: May 21 Weather Conditions: June weather was average, July was cooler than normal and wet and August was cooler than normal and average rainfall. Best in Show: Alyssum ‘Snow Princess.’ This heat tolerant alyssum didn’t stop blooming the entire season. The plant grew 2 foot wide by 1 foot tall and was covered in white snowy blooms all season. Top 5 varieties overall: Alyssum ‘Snow Princess’ Pennisetum ‘Red Riding Hood.’ A dwarf pennisetum that has incredible color power throughout the season. The deep red-burgandy foliage accents the early season garden and the blooms emerge in late June and are burgundy. The plant grows to around 4 feet tall and around 3 feet wide. The flowers are held around 1 foot above the plant. Cleome ‘Senorita Rosalita.’ Grows to around 3 feet tall and as wide with incredible pinkish-purple blooms that last all summer and don’t require deadheading. In addition, no bare […]

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October 20, 2009

Preparing For Poinsettia Open Houses

Interested in new poinsettia varieties or information on how certain varieties are performing? Look no further than the upcoming poinsettia trials that kick off in a few weeks. The Ecke Poinsettia Trial Open House is among the first poinsettia trials of the year, beginning November 30. Growers are invited to attend the trials in Encinitas, Calif., but they’re asked to make appointments by phone at 760-944-4087 or e-mail at [email protected] The Ecke poinsettia trials run through December 4, and they’re open 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. If you’re located near Brenham, Texas, you’ll want to stop by Ellison’s Greenhouses at 2107 East Stone Street for its poinsettia celebration. Ellison’s is hosting its poinsettia celebration the weekend before Thanksgiving, November 21-22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn more about the event here. Two weeks later, the National Poinsettia Trials kick off at the University of Florida, North Carolina State University […]

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