Celosia ‘Supercrest’ Mix

Celosia 'Supercrest' Mix

Trial: Annual

Years Trialed: 2003

Good Qualities:

Excellent color mix (5); Consumer loved the colors and textures; Strong stems, no breakage; Unusual flower form; The only good one is the hot pink or burgundy, the orange shows promise; Extremely varied forms in this mix, every once in a while there is a striking one, in a good color; Beautiful dark red to yellow range, etc. unusual shaped ‘brain’ celosia, spectacular some of the time; Only one color in the mix was appreciated; Some outstanding colors that were unusual and customer-magnets; but these were very limited within the mix – these colors were amber, deep orange, green-bronze, standard colors were shades of pink/rose, burgundy, yellow; Compared to other celosia varieties we planted this year, this variety demonstrated the highest spider mite tolerance.

Problems:

Extremely varied in form (4); Most of the colors were extremely muted or faded (3); They are too wild and “gangley” looking; There are several other celosias I like better, poor germination; Field is poor in terms of quantity because so many stems grow as spikes (like ‘Hi-Z’); The plants got tall so they fell over; Very high percentage of unusable stems, I ended up harvesting while the heads were still relatively small (2 ½ inch) because they got ugly as they got bigger (4-5 inch) plus the colors look better when displayed together; Heads are small and twisted instead of fan shaped, looks weedy; Some heads were fist-shaped, others like flat fans, lacked uniformity, allowed plants to stand as long as possible, uncut, in the hopes of achieving “Super” crests – crests never reached “super” size and went to seed more quickly than other celosia varieties, thus limiting yield potential overall, was disappointed in my expectation for this variety but would know better, what to expect in the future and would like to grow it again.

Comments:

Similar to ‘Kurume’; Would only grow ‘Supercrest Burgundy’ at this point; Late blooming, no frost, so yield better than other trials, thick stem, used crests at times; Transplants were uneven; The ‘Supercrest Burgundy’ is even more consistent but still unpredictable, I’ve grown ‘Supercrest Burgundy’ for 3 years and the mix for 2 years, I won’t grow either again; This cultivar really has a lot of potential but the number of unusable stems really needs to be reduced, I would say that more than 60% of the stems are not marketable as mature heads; The search for a seed source for truly giant heads goes on, I can do giant rose-colored, would like to do other colors as well.

Trial Data

Celosia ’Supercrest’ Mix
Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating – Wholesale (1) Market Appreciation Rating – Retail (1) Market Appreciation Rating – Consumer (1) Repeat Again Rating (2) Ease of Cultivation Rating (2) Average Spacing (in2)
Average 3.9 27.2 3.0 3.0 3.3 2.4 4.5 143
Range of Responses 1-7 16-48 1-5 2-5 2-5 1-5 3-5 36-208

(1) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.

Supplier

Fred C. Gloeckner

600 Mamaroneck Ave.

Harrison, NY 10528-1613

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