Gomphrena ‘Audray Purple Red’
Year Trialed: 2009
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.
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.
Growing the same as other gomphrenas; ‘Las Vegas Purple’.
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”.
|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||1-60||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.
301 Natividad Rd.
Salinas, CA 93906