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Delphinium ‘Guardian Lavender’

Trial: Annual

Years Trialed: 2003

Delphinium 'Guardian Lavender'

Good Qualities

Terrific color (5); Productive, healthy plants; Strong stems, attractive; Nice full flower heads, strong stems, lovely 2-tone; Very good stem strength, good for everyday bouquet use; Large flowers; Healthy plant, good size and transplanted well; Bloomed well once plants were sized up.

Problems

Poor germination (2); Mildew (2); Color is a bit washed out; Plants and stems never grew very tall, maybe because of weather and fertility; Lost a lot to damping off in plug trays; Started too late, no blooms; Both ‘Guardians’ sometimes produced side shoots before main stem in our trials.

Comments

Similar to ‘Magic Fountain’; Will reserve judgement until I see how it performs in year 2; Color is nice, but would be more accepted if darker, plants still blooming after numerous frosts; Might do better in hoophouse or field in cooler weather, on 10/24, plants look healthy and some have new flower stalks with flowers about to open, but they are short (Zone 7); Did good for first year; I will definitely grow again, not too tall and kept on producing even when it got miserably hot.

Trial Data

Delphinium ‘Guardian Lavender’
Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating¹ Repeat Again Rating¹ Ease of Cultivation Rating¹ Average Spacing (in2)
Wholesale Retail Consumer
Average 2.6 25.7 3.6 3.9 4.1 4.0 124
Range of Responses 1-6 17-36 3-4 3-5 3-5 3-5 36-216

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

Supplier

PanAmerican Seed
P.O. Box 438
West Chicago, IL 60186

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