NC State Extension

Eustoma ‘Twinkle Blue Blush’

Trial: Annual

Year Trialed: 2004

Year of Trial: First (from 2004 report)

Good Qualities:

Beautiful color (4); More blush color than some other Ablushes@, nice branching; High spray, many flowers, tall enough for retail cuts; Vase life is so long, some of my customers compared them to tulips; Mixes well with lots of other things.

Problems:

No problems; People prefer doubles; Variable heights, not an important color for sales; Seed came late, I think I would have done better with it if I had been able to get it out in the field earlier; Didn’t get as tall as I’d like, even in the hoophouse.

Postharvest:

Floralife; Sugar. Editor’s note: see separate postharvest article in this issue for more information.

Comments:

Similar to Ventura Blue Blush; I guess I would have to compare it to some of the other singles like Malibu, Malibu has larger flowers, so I would probably go with Malibu. I would try it again.

Trial Data

Eustoma ‘Twinkle Blue Blush’
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 2.3 16.6 4.0 3.7 4.0 3.5 3.7 45 12.0
Range of Responses 1-6 11-27 4 3-4 3-5 2-5 3-5 4-144 7-17

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

Supplier

Goldsmith Seeds

P.O. Box 1349

Gilroy CA 95021

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