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Zinnia ‘Oklahoma Ivory’

Trial: Annual

Year Trialed: 2004
Year of Trial: First (from 2004 report)

Zinnia 'Oklahoma Ivory'

Good Qualities

Wonderful cream color (6); High yield (4); Strong stiff long stems, long production period; Very strong stems, Pure white zinnias often look “dirty” but this color was always crisp – I loved using it in mixed bouquets; Nice to brighten bouquets; Good doubleness, even color throughout plants, not too much trouble with brown spots for a light color; Transplanted easily as plugs and grew quickly to fill voids; Another good color, warm white to warm ivory that mixes well in bouquets, smaller flowers, but more consistently double; Mostly double flowers, given a better understanding of this little guy, we may be able to make money with it.

Problems

Powdery mildew (3); No special problems (2); Flower heads too small; The color was not all that exciting and was rarely chosen by the consumer; Cut flowers discolored very quickly, also the same for uncut ones; Multi-branching made it difficult to cut for less experienced cutters; Small, branching flowers and stems.

Postharvest

Hydraflor then Floralife; I placed an assortment of the ‘Oklahoma’ zinnias in plain water;they looked good for 9 days, house was air conditioned.

Comments

Similar to other Benary zinnias; Will definitely plant again; Healthy plants in a year of disease-producing weather; This made a gorgeous landscape plant; Flower diameter was 1.2 to 2.6 inches wide; Most of the test was spent trying to figure out how to handle this compared to bigger zinnias with longer stems; by the time we figured out how, when and where to cut, they were fizzled; Will not plant again, takes too long to harvest; flowers, some single, some double.

Trial Data

Zinnia ‘Oklahoma Ivory’
Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating¹ Repeat Again Rating¹ Ease of Cultivation Rating¹ Average Spacing (in2) Average Postharvest Life (days)
Wholesale Retail Consumer
Average 14.6 16.4 2.5 3.0 3.0 3.4 4.4 106 7.6
Range of Responses 4-40 12-24 1-4 2-4 2-5 1-5 4-5 25-144 5-10

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

Supplier

Benary Seed
1444 Larson St.
Sycamore, IL 60178

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