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1997 ASCFG National Cut Flower Trials

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John Dole, Oklahoma State University


This year was great year for the trial — a number of interesting cultivars did well in the trials. Two selections of wheat celosia, ‘Cramers’ Rose’ and ‘Burgundy’, from Cramer’s Posie Patch, generated plenty of attention. Respondents loved the colors and ease of drying. The stems were long, strong and straight and the flower heads were large and did not shatter easily. This cut is versatile as it can be used both fresh and dried. A lack of uniformity among plants was noted by several respondents–some considered this a positive characteristic and others a negative.

Benary’s Achillea millefolium ‘Colorado’ received some of the highest marks of the trial and flowered in the first year from seed. The vigorous pest-free plants and broad range of beautiful colors was mentioned by many participants. Because ‘Colorado’ is a perennial, results should be even better next year.

Of special note is the success of three species, snapdragon, stock and lisianthus, that often do not perform well in the trial because the trial seed is sent out in February, later than when most people start these species. However, Benary’s Snapdragon ‘Animation’ series and Stock ‘Goldcut’ series, and Sakata’s Lisianthus ‘Tyrol’ Series did very well in the trial. All members of the Animation series received high marks and were noted for their earliness (up to two weeks before Rocket series), long flowering period and heavy production. Earliness, uniformity, and color were also highlights of the ‘Goldcut stocks. The ‘Tyrol’ series was lauded for its uniformity, long postharvest life, and vigor. It is great to see cultivars of these three beautiful species doing so well in the field trials.

Kieft has provided the dried flower industry with another color for one the workhorses of the industry with its new ‘Carmine’ Gomphrena. This cultivar received rave reviews for its vigor, productivity and long stems. Of course, the great color was mentioned by several respondents and ‘Carmine’ performed well both as a dried and as a fresh cut with a long postharvest life.

Delphiniums are in the news again with the cultivars Clear Springs Lavender, Light Blue, and Rose Pink from Pan American. The ‘Clear Springs’ mix was in previous trials and received high praise. The individual cultivars, especially Light Blue, have excellent germination and colors.

One of the cultivars I am personally very interested in is Campanula ‘Champion’, a European FleuroSelect Winner from Sakata. This distinctive fresh cut is available in pink and blue/purple and one of the common names is Canterbury Bells. The crop time is short and it prefers cool temperatures. As with several of our most popular cuts, the species can require precise care. It does not tolerate heat very well and stems are often too short. The species is photoperiodic and flowers more rapidly under short days. In fact, artificial short days in our greenhouses here at Oklahoma State University during plug production caused premature flowering of some of our plugs for the trial. We are currently researching Champion Blue and Pink to determine optimum production methods.

A hearty thank you again to all of the evaluators who returned their trial reports and to the seed companies for providing such great cultivars. In preparing the report I have edited evaluator’s comments for space and clarity; my apologies if I’ve altered the tone or content of anyone’s comments. Thanks for making this service of ASCFG possible.


  • Abelmoschus esculentus
    • Cramers’ Okrazilla
  • Achillea millefolium
    • Colorado
  • Ageratum houstonianum
    • Red Top
  • Amaranthus
    • Aurora
  • Antirrhinum (Snapdragon)
    • Animation Crimson
    • Animation Deep Rose
    • Animation Red
    • Animation Yellow
  • Armeria pseudarmeria
    • Joystick Lilac Shades
  • Artemesia annua
    • Cramers’ Yardstick
  • Aster Compliment
    • Salmon Pink
    • White
  • Campanula medium
    • Champion Blue
    • Champion Pink
  • Catananche caerulea
    • Cupid’s Dart White
  • Celosia
    • Cramers’ Amazon
    • Cramers’ Burgundy
    • Cramers’ Rose
  • Delphinium
    • Clear Springs Light Blue
    • Clear Springs Rose Pink
  • Eustoma (Lisianthus)
    • Tyrol Blue
    • Tyrol Blue Rim
    • Tyrol Rose
    • Tyrol Rose Pink
    • Tyrol White
  • Gomphrena haageana
    • Qis Carmine
  • Helianthus (Sunflower)
    • Del Sol
    • Eversun Deep Yellow
  • Helipterum roseum
    • Pierrot
  • Limonium hybrida (Statice)
    • Mellow Yellow
  • Matthiola (Stock)
    • Goldcut Dark Blue
    • Goldcut Rosy Red
    • Goldcut White
    • Joy Formula Mix
  • Nigella damascena
    • Cramers’ Plum
  • Papaver nudicaule
    • Meadow Pastels
  • Salvia farinacea
    • Silver
    • Victoria
  • Veronica spicata
    • Sightseeing
  • Zinnia
    • Oklahoma Mix

Participating Seed Companies – Annual Trials, 1997

Benary Seed

1444 Larson St.
Sycamore, IL 60178

PanAmerican Seed

P.O. Box 438
West Chicago, IL 60186

Sakata Seed America

18095 Serene Drive
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Cramer’s Posie Patch

116 Trail Road North
Elizabethtown, PA 17022

Kieft Bloemzaden B.V.

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

Participating Growers – Annual Trials, 1997

Frank and Pamela Arnosky
Texas Specialty Cut Flowers 
Wimberley, TX

Douglas and Gloria Austin
Austin Gardens
Flushing, MI

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

Clydette Borthick/Randall Smith/John Dole
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK

Leon Carrier
Plant Masters
Gaithersburg, MD

Barbara Cosper
Cosper Flowers
Highlands, NC

Priscilla Emerson
Blue Castle Farm
Warren, ME

Janet Foss
Everett, WA

Jeff Hartenfeld
Hart Farm
Solsberry, IN

Betsy Hitt
Peregrine Farms
Graham, NC

Ruthie Knabb
Petal Pushers
Madison, WV

Susie Lawrence
Sand Creek Farm
Braggs, OK

David and Jan McHughes
A & L Greenhouses
Owasso, OK

Susan O’Connell
Fertile Cresent Farm
Hardwick, VT

Rory Pawluk
Pawluk’s Posies
Melfort, Saskatchewan

Vicki Stamback
Bear Creek Farms
Stillwater, OK

Alan Stevens 
Kansas State University
Kansas City, Kansas

Cheryl Wagner
Wagner’s Homestead Farms
Belleville, MI

Lulu Wooten
Cape Farm
Marlboro, Vt

Fran Taylor
Petals in the Valley
Middletown, MD

Rick Vilonen
Ben Brook Farm
North Amherst, NY

Kim Wickwire
Olds College
Olds, Alberta


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