NC State Extension

Consolida ‘Cannes Deep Blue’

Trial: Annual

Year Trialed: 2007

Good Qualities:

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.

Problems:

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.

Similar Cultivars:

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.

Comments:

Great for bouquets, added a nice quality, easy to break tips of flowers off in handling but typical of any cultivar and not unique to Cannes series; First to bloom of Cannes series; Late in the life cycle, we always get powdery mildew, but ‘Cannes Deep Blue’ seemed most resistant.

Trial Data

Consolida ‘Cannes Deep Blue’
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 2.8 26.2 3.0 3.8 3.7 3.5 77 6.8
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.

Supplier

American Takii

301 Natividad Rd.

Salinas, CA 93906

www.takii.com

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