Dianthus ‘Amazon Neon Duo’
Years Trialed: 2002
Vivid colors (10); Large heads (6); Long vase life (3); Strong stems (2); Incredibly vigorous plant, beautiful lustrous dark green foliage; Gorgeous in arrangements; Excellent stem quality and length – Length was particularly impressive, ‘Sweet Williams’ are usually very short for me; Flower first year, long bloom period, good secondary flowering; Strong stems – Started cutting way after all other dianthus was done – Nobody else had any; Amazing because this plant grew tall in the heat (zone 6b) – Grows quickly; This was the nicest dianthus that blooms the first season I have ever seen, long meaty stems, (sweet william type); Good in mixed bouquets and blooms first summer from February planting in greenhouse; Began blooming in late summer (Zone 5) and were a lovely addition to the fall colors of orange and golden yellow – Nice light fragrance; Able to tolerate hot weather; Good stem length.
Too short (3); Inconsistent stem length (2); I was shocked by how well this cultivar performed – It was unbelievable – I was even more shocked by the hesitancy of my customers to buy it – I haven’t figured that out yet; The colors were so strong that they were difficult to combine with other flowers we grow for mixed bouquets; Only 3 stems were florist quality, the rest were side stems only good for bouquets – It would of been nice to have some edging around each petal in a different color; Branching too near top; I was disappointed they were not received better by the floral market (We’ve always noticed this with out of season sweet williams) – They sold though and regardless they are wonderful cuts; Other cut flowers and plant growers wanted to know where to get seed – exceptional; Some of the side shoots were too short for regular cut so used them in petite nosegays which customers seem to love – Some flower heads were full of florets, other had only a few – Plant developed black spots in October.
|Yield (stems/plant)||Stem Length (inches)||Market Appreciation Rating – Wholesale (1)||Market Appreciation Rating – Retail (1)||Market Appreciation Rating – Consumer (1)||Repeat Again Rating (2)||Ease of Cultivation Rating (2)||Average Spacing (in2)|
|Range of Responses||1-15||8-28||4-5||4-5||3-5||3-5||3-5||36-280|
(1) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.
P.O. Box 438
West Chicago, IL 60186