Consolida ‘Cannes Deep Blue’
Year Trialed: 2007
Stunning deep blue color (4); Drought tolerant, very tolerant of high saline water; This series is easier to grow than other larkspur I have tried and all three cultivars responded the same, the only difference was the color, the colors were wonderful with deep rich purple, rose (even with the stripe) and blue; Excellent to dry- keeps color; Early, good stem length; Grew well transplanted into tunnel in early spring, good color variety although customers did not appreciate as much as I thought they would; Full flower spikes, bloomed within 90 days from seeding, remained upright without support; A true blue is a thing to be held- our customers loved the color quality of this cultivar; Tons of blooms, very uniform.
The color was not appealing; Wilted quickly during harvesting if not immediately placed in water; Weak plants, susceptible to disease and petals spotted in the rain; Some seedling loss in the field but most survived and produced nice stems; Too small to be profitable in bouquets; More disease issues that QIS mix grown next to it; We experienced some shattering of lower blossoms if we just slightly delayed harvest; Lodged after a big rain but we did not provide support for the plants; 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.
Planted the Cannes series next to two other mixtures that I have had moderate success with and these three cultivars outperformed my comparison larkspur – this was one of my successes in the variety trial this year along with the sunflowers and kale; Dark Blue Sublime.
|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)|
|Range of Responses||0.5-12.5||16-36||–||3||1-5||1-5||1-5||36-144||6-7|
(1) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.
301 Natividad Rd.
Salinas, CA 93906