Dianthus ‘Sweet Experimental Scarlet’
Trial Started: 2005
Year of Trial: First (from 2005 report)
(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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Nice bright red color (5); Strong stems (2);. Well-filled blooms, some frost tolerance, blooms longer than ‘Radiants’, but not as long as ‘Amazons’; Branching; High yielding; Light, pleasant fragrance, opportunity for some rebloom in Fall and MAYBE a better chance for height if it comes back next year on this year’s sowing; Long growing season- early June to late July and still many usable stems; Large bloom period; Very good germination, good length; Repeat flowering and still good stem strength.
Not as vigorous as Amazon (5); Too short (3) made it difficult to combine with other thing in a bouquet ; Quickly came on all at once and then to seed; Bright red was difficult to “tame” or pair with other flowers, relatively short field life and fall rebloom included lots of singles; Individual florets on head looked bad (the first ones to bloom) when later blooms opened – all sweet series colors did this – had to spend a lot of time “cleaning it up” in order to sell it.
See separate postharvest report in this issue for results from NC State University postharvest evaluations.
|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)|
|Range of Responses||1-12||10-19||4.0||1-5||3-4||1-5||3-5||36-192||7-10|
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