NC State Extension

Delphinium ‘Candle Violet Shades’

Delphinium 'Candle Violet Shades'

Trial Started: 2005

Year of Trial: First (from 2005 report)

Good Qualities:

Good clear violet color (4); Large individual flowers (2); Very pretty; Great stem length; Seeded in February for June bloom; Fast, stems, uniform; Good in the wind.

Problems:

Not as good as germination as ‘Candle Lavender’; Sheds petals, stalks thinner, more gaps between blooms on the stalk; Not very productive compared to ‘Guardian’ and ‘Pacific Giants’; I’m not sure that I could see the difference between Lavender and Violet; Root disease wiped out this variety by early September in field and tunnel.

Postharvest:

See separate postharvest report in this issue for results from NC State University postharvest evaluations.

Comments:

‘Candle Lavender’ and ‘Candle Violet’, could not tell difference in color?; Seeded in flats on 1/25/05 gave 2 weeks cold treatment – first harvest interval 7/4 – 7/13, then second harvest 9/15 – 10/20; First bloom August 21 (Zone 2), these look promising for BIG color on a medium length stem; General comments on trial (Zone 5): Plants were transplanted unto shallow beds covered with plastic mulch and with trickle irrigation, there were 2 replications in a high tunnel, and 2 outside, plants were arranged in a 12 x 12 inch spacing in 3 rows on each bed, plant death due to root disease was the dominant feature of this trial, with the exception of the Bellamosum types, all other varieties were essentially dead by early September. The unusually warm growing season may have contributed to this mortality.

Trial Data

Delphinium ‘Candle Violet Shades’
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 1.6 27.4 4.0 4.0 3.7 2.6 3.3 142 6.0
Range of Responses 1-3 21-38 4.0 4.0 3-4 1-4 2-5 80-192 5-7

(1) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.

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Supplier

Sakata Seed America

18095 Serene Drive

Morgan Hill, CA 95037

www.sakata.com

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