Dianthus ‘Sweet Purple’
Year Trialed: 2004
Year of Trial: First (from 2004 report)
Nice vibrant color (5); Good fragrance (3); Much more appealing than the Amazon Neon Duo series; Lasted long time in field and in cooler; Long vase life; Mix well in bouquets; Easy, good for bouquets, nice dark foliage, quick to produce; Bloomed 2 weeks earlier than Amazon Neon, this purple is the same color as the Amazon purple; Germinated great; In the tunnel, 2 weeks earlier than Neon series, will produce a second flush of flowers in late Sept through Oct (Zone 5) but stems even shorter then, most productive of the Dianthus in trial; Outside, early, productive, first harvest by June 23, flowers in year of sowing without cold treatment; Could be cut from bud to fully open for immediate use; Easy to grow, multiple stems produced during flowering season.
Too short (3); No problems; Planted too late – I think they would have done much better, if planted in fall; Blister beetles ravaged the flowers, picture is on www.hightunnels.org, Sevin controlled the beetles, had to spray twice in August; In the tunnel, thinner stems than Neon series; Outside, stem length marginal; Stem length inconsistency; Many of the secondary stems are weak.
They were pretty easy to take care of, they do have a tendency to snap at the joints when I was handling them to strip leaves.
|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||1-10||6-28||2-4||2-5||2-5||1-5||2-5||36-144||7-14|
(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