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Eustoma ‘Fioretti Green’

Eustoma 'Fioretti Green'

Trial: Annual

Year Trialed: 2007

Good Qualities:

Different, nice stems, lots of blooms; Pretty color. nice spray of small flowers; It was a nice color and went very well with the ‘Wonderous Light Brown’; Interesting new spray type; Very different looking lisianthus, stem are covered with tulip shaped blooms; The color of the yellow and white was very nice but the green was too pale to make a statement, most everyone thought it was white, though small, the flowers were well shaped and held for an extended period of time; Multiple small blooms per stem, very delicate appearance; Adorable tiny single flowers in clusters, blooms have a pleasant green tinge, more of a filler flower and not easily identified as a lisianthus; Great for wedding bouquet work and smaller design work – not for farmers market straight bunches.

Problems:

Short (5); Small flowers; Color similar to Fioretti Yellow; I’m not sure about the flower size, I didn’t have enough to see really what the market would make out of this form of lisianthus, they love the large flowered stuff…; I don’t think there are any, once again, I think the drought caused shortened stems; A little more fussy to deadhead if necessary than standard lisianthus; Not very productive some flowers go by and need to be picked off; The lisianthus seed did not germinate well – approximately 1% germinated, the seedlings were extremely slow growing.

Similar Cultivars:

Other Fioretti’s.

Comments:

Not as impressed with this variety as I was the Abc 2-3 Green; Same as other lisianthus, I would love to try it again but get it in as plugs and get it in much earlier so it can be planted in the greenhouse by the middle of February; Grown in 30%+ shade, 1st of ‘fioretti’ cultivars to bloom of those trialed; Hard to tell the cream, yellow and green apart, there needs to be a better division of these colors; Long flowering period – very rugged

Trial Data

Eustoma ‘Fioretti Green’
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 2.5 16.7 3.0 4.0 3.6 3.4 3.5 48 11.0
Range of Responses 1-5.7 11-22 3.0 3-5 3-4 1-5 1-5 16-121 8-14

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

Supplier

Sakata Seed America

18095 Serene Drive

Morgan Hill, CA 95037

www.sakata.com

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