NC State Extension

Eustoma ‘Ruffle Blue’

Trial: Annual

Year Trialed: 2007

Good Qualities:

Beautiful deep blue color (3); Attractive ruffled edges of petals (3); Wonderful, single blooms with ruffled edges, making them look like doubles; I love these, I really like the large flower size.

Problems:

The lisianthus seed did not germinate; Stems tended to be a bit shorter than the other varieties in trial; Not a fan of singles, or ruffles, it turns out; Less productive in field than in tunnel; Customers want double lisi; Short stems, not as vigorous as the other varieties; Small flower size not that popular, kind of interesting but I will not plant again.

Comments:

All of the trial lisianthus was viewed as novelties, where as I had full buckets of solid colors of my own lisianthus, we usually only had a few bunches of each trial, and grouped them together in one bucket, there by reducing their visual impact. this may well have had an effect on their sales; Grown in 30%+ shade.

Trial Data

Eustoma ‘Ruffle Blue’
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 3.1 18.1 2.5 3.4 2.8 3.3 67 13.3
Range of Responses 1-8.7 14-28 2-3 2-5 1-5 1-5 16-216 12-14

(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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