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Consolida ‘Cannes Crystal Pink’

Trial: Annual

Years Trialed: 2007

Good Qualities:

Attractive clear pink color (8); Good stem length, florets not shattering; No major insect damage, drought tolerant; Easy to grow; Excellent to dry – keeps color; Uniform size and harvest time; Grew well transplanted into tunnel in early spring, good color variety although customers did not appreciate as much as I thought they would rapid bloom, full flower spikes, remained upright without support; Good germination, no pests; Full heads, strong stems.

Problems:

Weak plants, susceptible to disease, flowering along the stem was not uniform; Not quite a big enough deal – blue sells better for me; None; I just can’t seem to get larkspur to grow, a few seeds germinated but the plants didn’t grow, I have tried any number of methods to get larkspur to grow, no luck; Too small to be profitable in bunches or bouquets; More disease issues that QIS mix grown next to it; First time growing larkspur in high tunnels, it eventually germinated in mid-April, rather erratically and after we’d given up hope, I transplanted young plants to consolidate space without any adverse effects on crop, we sold a couple of bunches but overall the stems were too short which I think was due to erratic germination, no pest or disease problems.

Similar Cultivars:

Not that we have grown; Similar color to ‘Giant Imperial Pink’ or ‘Dark Pink Sublime’.

Comments:

I cannot seed larkspur in the spring and get any length, I waited until this fall to seed with my other larkspur and will submit report next spring, 2008; Too small sample size for thorough evaluation; We started this very late so it didn’t get a fair trial, I would plant it much earlier next year if we grow larkspur; Number of cuts were limited by late planting, planted both direct seeded and transplanted but no difference in harvest.

Trial Data

Consolida ‘Cannes Crystal Pink’
Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating – Wholesale (1) Market Appreciation Rating – Retail (1) Market Appreciation Rating – Consumer (1) Repeat Again Rating (1) Ease of Cultivation Rating (1) Average Spacing (in2) Average Postharvest Life (days)
Average 3.3 25.8 4.0 3.5 3.4 3.3 3.6 66 6.5
Range of Responses 1-12.5 14.5-42 4 3-4 2-4 1-5 2-5 4-144 5.5-8.5

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

Supplier

American Takii

301 Natividad Rd.

Salinas, CA 93906

www.takii.com

Trial: Annual

Years Trialed: 2007

Good Qualities:

Attractive clear pink color (8); Good stem length, florets not shattering; No major insect damage, drought tolerant; Easy to grow; Excellent to dry – keeps color; Uniform size and harvest time; Grew well transplanted into tunnel in early spring, good color variety although customers did not appreciate as much as I thought they would rapid bloom, full flower spikes, remained upright without support; Good germination, no pests; Full heads, strong stems.

Problems:

Weak plants, susceptible to disease, flowering along the stem was not uniform; Not quite a big enough deal – blue sells better for me; None; I just can’t seem to get larkspur to grow, a few seeds germinated but the plants didn’t grow, I have tried any number of methods to get larkspur to grow, no luck; Too small to be profitable in bunches or bouquets; More disease issues that QIS mix grown next to it; First time growing larkspur in high tunnels, it eventually germinated in mid-April, rather erratically and after we’d given up hope, I transplanted young plants to consolidate space without any adverse effects on crop, we sold a couple of bunches but overall the stems were too short which I think was due to erratic germination, no pest or disease problems.

Similar Cultivars:

Not that we have grown; Similar color to ‘Giant Imperial Pink’ or ‘Dark Pink Sublime’.

Comments:

I cannot seed larkspur in the spring and get any length, I waited until this fall to seed with my other larkspur and will submit report next spring, 2008; Too small sample size for thorough evaluation; We started this very late so it didn’t get a fair trial, I would plant it much earlier next year if we grow larkspur; Number of cuts were limited by late planting, planted both direct seeded and transplanted but no difference in harvest.

Trial Data

Consolida ‘Cannes Crystal Pink’
Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating – Wholesale (1) Market Appreciation Rating – Retail (1) Market Appreciation Rating – Consumer (1) Repeat Again Rating (1) Ease of Cultivation Rating (1) Average Spacing (in2) Average Postharvest Life (days)
Average 3.3 25.8 4.0 3.5 3.4 3.3 3.6 66 6.5
Range of Responses 1-12.5 14.5-42 4 3-4 2-4 1-5 2-5 4-144 5.5-8.5

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

Supplier

American Takii

301 Natividad Rd.

Salinas, CA 93906

www.takii.com

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