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Delphinium ‘Aurora Light Purple’

Trial: Annual

Years Trialed: 2006

Good Qualities:

Great color (3); Plants are vigorous, largest of those in our trial, colour looks usable – medium true purple, plant is too immature to harvest full stems- this is our fault for not planting early enough; Very pretty; Delphiniums are so great and a top seller; Strong plants; Beautiful full flower stems; Grew great for us in the greenhouse, we harvested the main stem and then had side shoots that were very nice too – sold every stem.

Problems:

Poor germination (2); I have powdery mildew problems with delphinium, so if I get one cut per plant I’m happy, wasn’t really impressed with the color, but I’d grow again; For us it’s a more productive plant in its second season; transplanted about 20 plants to the field and they did not thrive: 11 plants did survive, a couple put on late spikes, these plants may come back nicer in the spring.

Similar Cultivars:

Centurion and Guardian series.

Postharvest:

All of my delphinium are STS-treated to prevent shattering.

Comments:

The center, initial flower spike is almost too large to be used in anything but a gigantic arrangement so we prefer the smaller side branches; Planted in 200 cell tray on 2/13 and put in cooler for two weeks; – My customers went crazy for this, plus we were picking it into July- which was hot, we had 50% shade on the greenhouse.

Trial Data

Delphinium ‘Aurora Light Purple’
Plants flowering (%) Plants dead at end of summer (%) 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 1.2 24.8 5.0 4.0 4.2 3.2 136.8 10.3
Range of Responses 0-1 20-36 5 4 3-5 2-4 36-216 9-12

(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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