Plant Ratings From 2014 Trials Now Available In Plant Trials Database

Plant Ratings From 2014 Trials Now Available In Plant Trials Database

Now that North American trial grounds have completed their 2014 trialing season, the National Plant Trials Database has more than 15,000 plant ratings for the horticulture industry’s use in planning for 2015. Each year since its inception in 2012, the number of varieties and ratings have increased, making the database an ever more useful tool for flower brokers, buyers and sellers.

To view the trial data, visit PlantTrials.org and click on the “Register to View” button. At this time, information is available only to the industry but eventually will become a tool for home gardeners, as well.

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Here are some of the trialing details by year:

  • 2012 – 1,655 varieties with more than 5,600 ratings from eight trial grounds
  • 2013 – 2,463 varieties with more than 9,400 ratings from 12 trial grounds
  • 2014 – 3,651 varieties with more than 15,500 ratings from 19 trial grounds

The initial idea for an online repository of trialing data came out of a collaboration between
All-America Selections and the University of Georgia. After identifying and establishing standardized trialing protocols and scoring, the system was built in 2012 and is currently supported by the following breeding companies:

  • American Takii
  • Danziger “Dan” Flower Farm
  • Dummen Group
  • Ernst Benary of America
  • Floranova Ltd.
  • PanAmerican Seed/Ball Horticultural
  • Proven Winners
  • Sakata Ornamentals
  • The Suntory Collection
  • Syngenta Flowers

The 2014 participating trial grounds that have entered data so far include:

  • Colorado State University
  • Cornell Long Island
  • Cornell University Ithaca
  • Iowa State University – Reiman Gardens
  • Jardin Daniel A. Sequin
  • JC Raulston Arboretum – NCSU
  • Kansas State University
  • LSU Ag Center – Hammond Research Station
  • Mast Young Plants
  • MSU – South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station
  • Ohio State University Cultivar Trials
  • Penn State Trials
  • Raker Trial Gardens
  • The Trial Gardens at UGA
  • University of Guelph
  • University of MN West Central Research and Outreach Center
  • University of Tennessee Trial Gardens
  • University of Wisconsin West Madison Ag Research Station
  • Walt Disney’s Horticulture Bedding Plant Trials

For more information, visit PlantTrials.org.

Source: All-American Selections and National Garden Bureau