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1996 ASCFG National Cut Flower Trials

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John Dole, Oklahoma State University


The format of this year’s trial report looks the same as last year’s report, but we’ve tried to make it more useful. I’ve included more of the evaluator’s comments and I’ve also included the town and state of the evaluator when that information would be helpful in interpreting the comments. These changes were suggested by Amy Malysa of Vermont and were greatly appreciated. I also want to thank Kathy Riley for being the first evaluator to return the trial results this year – Good job Kathy.

One of this year’s notable cultivars is Nigella orientalis ‘Transformer’ from Kieft. ‘Transformer’ scored high in all of the categories and received excellent reviews for its interesting seed pods and color. Several evaluators were especially happy to find that ‘Transformer’ was taller than other Nigellas. Negative comment were mostly due to poor weather and too short of growing season in Northerly locations.

At the risk of being completely biased, the outstanding series in the trial was the ‘Cutting type’ Zinnias newly released by Benary. I’m biased because Benary has recently named the series ‘Oklahoma’ which is how it is listed in the trial report. We are especially proud of the name because the series has turned out to be a real winner (despite some grumbling about the name from some Texas growers who will remain nameless). The plants provide heavy season-long flower production on long stems. Here at Oklahoma State University, production ranged from over 24 stems/plant for ‘Oklahoma White’ to over 41 stems/plant for ‘Oklahoma Scarlet’. The flower size is smaller than Benary’s other major Zinnia series, ‘Dahlia Blue Points’, but the moderate resistance to powdery mildew has been retained.

Sakata’s Ageratum ‘Tall Blue Horizon’ received high marks from evaluators, several of whom noted that the stem length and durability. Ageratum seems to have become one of the staples of the cut flower industry and this cultivar is one of the best..

On a final note, thanks to all of the evaluators who turned in their trial reports and the seed companies for supplying seed. Your participation is greatly appreciated; the cut flower trial provides valuable information for the ASCFG members.


  • Ageratum
    • F1 Tall Blue Horizon
  • Ammi majus
    • Queen of Africa
  • Aster
    • Matsumoto Formula Mix
  • Brassica (Flowering Kale)
    • Sunrise
    • Sunset
  • Carthamus tinctorius
    • Grenade Mix
    • Lasting Orange
  • Celosia argentea cristata
    • Bombay Purple
    • Sparkler Mix
  • Dianthus
    • F1 Miss Biwako
    • F1 Miss Kobe
  • Didiscus caeruleus
    • Madonna Lavender-blue
    • Madonna Pink
    • Madonna Rose
    • Madonna White
  • Eustoma (Lisianthus)
    • F1 Flamenco Mix
    • F1 Heidi Mix
  • Godetia
    • F1 Tall Grace Formula Mix
  • Helichrysum monstrosum
    • Paper Daisy
  • Iberis amara
    • Iceberg Superior
  • Lavetera trimestris
    • Salmon Beauty
  • Lepidium
    • virginicum
  • Limonium (Statice)
    • Tall Excellent Mix
  • Lupinus polyphyllus
    • Russell Special Blue Point Mix
  • Nigella orientalis
    • Transformer
  • Papaver nudicaule
    • Partyfun Mix
  • Rhynchelytrum
    • repens
  • Salvia farinacea
    • Reference
  • Scabiosa caucasica
    • Fama
  • Zinnia elegans
    • Giant Dahlia Dream
    • Giant Dahlia Exquisite
    • Giant Dahlia Golden State
    • Giant Dahlia Polar Bear
    • Oklahoma Golden Yellow
    • Oklahoma Pink
    • Oklahoma Salmon
    • Oklahoma Scarlet
    • Oklahoma White

Participating Seed Companies – Annual Trials, 1996

Benary Seed

1444 Larson St.
Sycamore, IL 60178

Sakata Seed America

18095 Serene Drive
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Kieft Bloemzaden B.V.

2209-B Bulson Rd.
Mt. Vernon, WA 98273

American Takii, Inc.

301 Natividad Rd.
Salinas, CA 93906

Participating Growers – Annual Trials, 1996

Frank and Pamela Arnosky
Texas Specialty Cuts
Wimberley, TX

Douglas and Gloria Austin
Austin Gardens
Flushing, MI

Phil and Dorothy Bartlett
Ocean View Farm & Greenhouses
Nantucket, MA

Lynn Byczinski
Fairplain Farm
Lawrence, KS

Leon Carrier
Gaithersburg, MD  

Martin and Theresa Connaughton
Wilderness Flowers
Sante Fe, NM

Barbara Cosper
Cosper Flowers
Highlands, NC

Janet Foss
Everett, WA

Jeff Hartenfeld
Hart Farm
Solsberry, IN

Betsy Hitt
Peregrine Farms
Graham, NC

J’Lynn Howell
Rolling Hills Plant Farm
Oxford, MS

Susan O’Connell
Fertile Cresent Farm
Hardwick, VT

Kathy Riley
Nature Perfect
Puyallup, WA

Jim Shrefler
Wes Watkins Agricultural Research
and Extension Center
Lane, OK

Randall Smith/John Dole
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK

Vicki Stamback & Judy Rose
Bear Creek Farms
Stillwater, OK

Cheryl Wagner
Wagner’s Homestead Farms
Belleville, MI

Kim Wickwire
Olds College
Olds, Alberta

Lulu Wootton
Cape Farm
Marlboro, VT