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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October 20, 2009

2009 Field Trials: University of Illinois

Trial Manager: C. Diane Anderson Trial Location: Miles C Hartley Selections Garden, University of Illinois Arboretum, Urbana, Ill. Planting Dates: From May 28-June 20, 883 varieties were planted in rows, design beds and mixed 6-inch or single-variety 14-inch containers. Weather Conditions: Except for a hot, humid week at the end of June, Urbana was cooler than average, with generally low humidity. We received several multiple-inch rainfalls that resulted in beds that were slow to dry. Heavy rains resulted in poor petunia growth. Best In Show: Angelonia ‘Carita Raspberry’ from Syngenta Flowers Top Five: 1. Gomphrena ‘Fireworks’ from PanAmerican Seed 2. Dahlia ‘Grande Toluca’ from Proven Selections 3. Zinnia ‘Profusion Yellow’ from Sakata Seed 4. Pennisetum ‘Jade Princess’ from PanAmerican Seed 5. Coleus ‘Indian Summer’ from Ball FloraPlant

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October 20, 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 20, 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 20, 2009

2009 Field Trials: Michigan State University

Michigan State University Trial Director/Trial Manager: Art Cameron and Chris Noffsinger   Location: East Lansing, Mich.   Planting Dates: All trials were planted the last two weeks of May–cool-season plants first, warm-season plants last.   Weather Conditions: It was a good growing year. With the exception of some petunias grown in ground beds, the majority of plants performed quite well. Even zinnias lasted well into August!   Top Five: 1. Heliopsis ‘Tuscan Sun’ from Proven Winners   2. Lobularia ‘Snow Princess’ from Proven Winners   3. Gomphrena ‘Fireworks’ from PanAmerican Seed   4. Coleus ‘Red Head’ from Ball FloraPlant   5. Trachelium ‘Garden Leader Purple’ from Grimes Horticulture Inc.

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October 20, 2009

2009 Field Trials: Iowa State

Trial Manager: Sarah Rummery, Reiman Gardens, Ames Iowa [email protected] Planting dates: May 12–15  Weather Conditions: Unusually mild summer. Only a few 90 degree days coming in June and August, none in July. Average temperature in the low-80s. Slightly below-average rainfall, one extended dry period in late-August into mid-September. Best In Show: Pennisetum ‘Jade Princess’ Top 5 Varieties Overall: 1. Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Versa Crimson Gold’ 2. Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Versa Burgundy to Green’ 3. Zinnia marylandica ‘Zaharaâ„¢ Fire’ 4. Gomphrena ‘Fireworks’ 5. Talinum paniculatum ‘Limon’

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October 20, 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 20, 2009

2009 Field Trials: Dallas Arboretum

Trials Managers: Jimmy Turner, Senior Director of Gardens and Jenny Wegley, Research and Greenhouse Manager Weather Conditions: All plant material was planted in full sun. All material is watered three times a week (unless it rains) for 15 minutes and is fertilized every other week with 21-7-7 at 400ppm Nitrogen. Annual material is planted from a 4″ container in a block of nine. Perennial material is planted from a 1-gallon container in a block of one to three (depending quantity of plants that we receive). As usual we had a hot summer. There was a recorded fourteen days in a row over 100 degrees. We did have quite a bit of rain fall that helped cool us off a bit, after the rains high percentages of humidity followed. Overall it was a hot and sticky summer. Top 5 Perennials: 1. Penstemon ‘Lilac Beauty’ (Ground) Sahin Planted: Spring 2008 A great perennial […]

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