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Scabiosa Atropurpurea ‘QIS Deep Red’

Scabiosa atropurpurea 'QIS Deep Red'

Trial: Annual

Years Trialed: 2002

Good Qualities:

Beautiful rich violet color (10) (also described as deep red or burgundy); Good stem strength (2); Very productive (2); Good stem length (2); Very good; Easy, vigorous plant; Unique deep purple flower heads with light purple stamen; Quality of stems was also good; Looked especially striking in a tight bud stage such a dark color – That gorgeous one, I loved it; Customers love color and texture; Our farm stand customers loved them – Good strong straight stems, unlike previous scabiosa that I’ve grown, these didn’t become all tangled and bent; Long bloom time, reblooms, still blooming 10/15 (Zone 7-8) after several frost, nice bloom size, didn’t mind the dry summer without rain or irrigation; Color was richer in flowers that received partial shade (Zone 10) – We have very bright hot sun especially in August – Nice flower shape and form; Consumers liked them and they sold very well at our farm; Season-long blooms – Still blossoms after frost; Healthy plants; Especially in bouquet work with pinks, apricots, and lavenders – Great texture, both flowers and wiry stems; Much larger blooms than I have seen in Scabiosas before; Very long vase life; Great for fall, Xmas arrangements.

Problems:

Not easy to cut (4); Flower heads snap off easily during harvest (2); Of entire packet (150 seeds) only 10 plants grew – one began to bloom by 10/1/02 when it was decided to rip them out to make room for winter annuals; Flower heads frequently opened in a non-uniform fashion giving the flower an awkward appearance; None other than the late bloom, 8/30 (Zone 5) – I finally started cutting; Wholesale and retail florists bought very few but said they liked them – Thought the stems to be too short – Relatively short vase life improved with Chrysal OVB; Should have used netting – Flower stems were thin and many; Needs netting; Beginning to bloom now, Oct 10 (Zone 4), strange because the other QIS are almost done.

Comments:

Editor note: See the Postharvest Report in this issue for vase life and handling information. Similar to other scabiosa mixes, though the reds in these are much smaller; Similar to ‘Olympia’ Hybrids; The few blooms looked red – a deep merlot color, stems were 8-10 inches and a little wiry, kind of like gomphrena, perhaps, consequently it could be pesky to pick – This from folks who are having a grand time picking and selling as Amini-zinnies@ the AOld Mexico@ zinnies – Looks like the scabiosa I’ve grown from Stokes – Pretty much the same deep purple without the tangled stems – Some were different colors or shades of purple – Not age related either – Customers always love scabiosa and many exclaimed at these AOhh, what are these.@; I will be growing this flower next year for sure; Harvested 7/25 – still some blooms 10/22; Customers were especially attracted to these blooms, surprising in that they were scattered in bouquets and not the focal flowers; I would grow again.

Trial Data

Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘QIS Deep 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 (2) Ease of Cultivation Rating (2) Average Spacing (in2)
Average 14.2 20.4 3.8 3.8 4.5 4.2 4.5 156
Range of Responses 0-50 11-36 2-5 2-5 3-5 3-5 3-5 18-540

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

Supplier

Kieft Seeds

P.O. Box 618

Conway, WA 98238

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