NC State Extension

Gomphrena ‘Audray Purple Red’

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Trial: Annual

Year Trialed: 2009

Good Qualities:

Vibrant color (7); Productive plant (4); Strong stems (2); Color mixed well with many other flowers for bouquets, nice accent, germination was good, plants were taller and stems easier to cut than ‘Las Vegas’, flower was also a little larger, but later to fill out than ‘Las Vegas’; Great stem strength; Attractive filler in arrangements, good stem length; especially well adapted to warm tunnels in summer; Especially good for mixed bouquets; Nice big bloom, easier to harvest than some gomphrenas; Excellent stem length; Kept its color when dried; The best branching structure of all the gomphrena in the trial, the branching was very uniform and straight, this is a great quality for bouquets, nice long stems, which were longer than the Las Vegas series; Very tall, easy to harvest, I would grow this one again; Great flower size, stem length and foliage.

Problems:

None (2); Longer stems would have been nice; Slow to bloom; Inconsistent stem length; Some cuts were variable in number of stems, on 7/24/09 I cut some plants with 11 stems and some with zero, the plants with very few cuts were not ready because the side shoot blooms were not opening, I did not do my next cut until 8/6/09; Didn’t hold up long enough.

Similar Cultivars:

Growing the same as other gomphrenas; ‘Las Vegas Purple’.

Comments:

My new favorite gomphrena (2); I liked the flower for its color and the plant grew very nicely, it was full and had many blossoms per stem each week, it had a stronger stem than the ‘Las Vegas’, but didn’t get as full of color until later in the season, plants were tall and very nice, would be great garden plant as well as the Las Vegas variety; Was not affected (by possible bacteria disease) anywhere near as bad with what hit the Las Vegas series, they showed a little reddening along the margins of leaves but that is it, overall did not affect growth rate, vase life, or vase quality; The only thing they can do to improve this cultivar is to add more colors; I would definitely try this one again; Cornell trial yield: 12 stems in field, 21 in tunnel and length: 24 inches in field, 27 inches in tunnel.

Postharvest:

Cool water, Floralife, cool after cutting and don’t leave in heat of the field; Don’t use too much bleach, it bleaches the bottom of the stems; I only used plain water, perhaps a hydrating solution would have helped, flowers had “bent neck” syndrome after one or two days and were really droopy in arrangements; Water; Postharvest life “forever”.

Trial Data

Gomphrena ‘Audray Purple Red’
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 14.8 17.2 3.0 3.5 4.2 4.5 4.4 90 9.7
Range of Responses 1-60 8-26 2-4 2-5 2-5 3-5 3-5 36-144 3-14

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

Supplier

American Takii

301 Natividad Rd.

Salinas, CA 93906

www.takii.com

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