2018 Northeast Floriculture Field Trials Results: Cornell University

2018 Northeast Floriculture Field Trials Results: Cornell University

Cornell University trialed approximately 150 cultivars of flowers and plants this year at its off-campus field site, located at Bluegrass Lane in Ithaca, NY. The trials got off to a good start with lovely weather and average temperatures. Although precipitation was overall less than average for June, July, and August, the gardens seemed to receive all of it at once, with approximately 4 inches in a one-week period at the end of July and nearly 2 inches in a single day in early August. Predictably, some genera were severely affected (Osteospermum, some Calibrachoa, some Verbena), while others thrived (Solenostmeon, Begonia, Salvia).

This year Cornell University announced that it will be moving its trial site to the renowned Cornell Botanic Gardens. The trials will be located at the heart of the gardens, near the Nevin Welcome Center.


“We are thrilled to be collaborating with the Cornell Botanic Gardens on this endeavor; the partnership will increase exposure for participating breeders while also providing educational value for students and the public,” says Cornell University’s Trial Manager Kendra Hutchins. “We enthusiastically welcome all visitors to stop in and see the trials in 2019.”

Top Performers

  1. Calendula ‘Lady Godiva Yellow’
  2. Petunia ‘Supertunia Vista Paradise’
  3. French Marigold ‘Bonanza Flame Improved’
  4. Calibrachoa ‘Superbells Evening Star’
  5. Ipomoea ‘FloraMia Cameo’
  6. Solenostemon (Coleus) ‘Main Street Ruby Road’
  7. Ipomoea ‘Solar Power Black Improved’
  8. Calibrachoa ‘Bloomtastic Serenity’
  9. French Marigold ‘Bonanza Gold’
  10. Bidens ‘Bee Bold’

Field Day Favorites

  1. Dahlia ‘City Lights Purple’
  2. Angelonia ‘Angelface Steel Blue’
  3. New Guinea Impatiens ‘SunStanding Purple’
  4. Canna ‘Cannova Bronze Orange’
  5. Scaevola ‘Whirlwind Pink’

Consumer Favorites

  1. Solenostemon (Coleus) ‘ColorBlaze Rediculous’
  2. Canna ‘Cannova Bronze Orange’
  3. Solenostemon (Coleus)  ‘Main Street La Rambla’
  4. Zinnia ‘Double Zahara Orange’
  5. Tomato ‘Red Racer’

Trial Manager’s Favorites

  1. Calendula ‘Lady Godiva Yellow’
  2. Ipomoea ‘FloraMia Rosso’
  3. Solenostemon (Coleus) ‘Main Street Broad Street’
  4. Dahlia ‘City Lights Purple’
  5. Salvia interspecific ‘Big Blue’

2017 Field Trials Results for Cornell University