Zinnia ‘Oklahoma Pink’
Year Trialed: 2008
Productive (11); The pink color is a true cotton candy pink (5); Plant withstands wind better than larger zinnias, good stem length, dependable; Straight stems, overall very uniform petal layerage; Nice range of pink colors in small flowers is popular with both designers and customers; Good vase life; Healthy plants, good medium size for bouquets; Less prone to melt down and weak neck than larger zinnias, gives great texture in bouquets when used with large zinnias or lisianthus; Pretty multi-layered flowers, color very uniform; People and hummingbirds like zinnias; They are cute and mix well with the other Oklahomas, disease free; Easy to grow, bloomed for most of the growing season; Fantastic performers! Tall plants produced long stems, blooms were typically 2 inches or more in diameter and were in a variety of different forms – from standard zinnia to ball dahlia – many with interesting curled petals and/or tones of color, a really intriguing seed mix! Our customers loved these delightful blooms, kids liked them also, we often combined the Oklahoma Pink and Scarlet for a surprisingly cheerful mix!; Flowers held a long time on the plants; Vigorous growth, good germination, easy to transplant and establish in the field.
Found flowers to be too small for our uses (4); Not much different than other OK’s I grown; Lots of different shapes and sizes in the flowers, only ended up with 6 plants out of initial planting of 48; Some washed out pink blooms were produced; All had to be sprayed for fungus, due to our very rainy summer, flowers are too small; Smaller than rest of Oklahoma series; Uneveness of color between plants: some were coral, some lighter or darker pink; Hard to get a really long stem when cutting; many flowers were left unharvested and the yield is not reflective of actual production; Mildew; Standard zinnia problems, weak neck, barely acceptable vase life, we would not choose to grow these zinnias again; Color is so candy pink, a little boring; Sensitive to our high EC water; Only about half flowers fully double, plants tall but usable stems shorter than the ‘Giants’; We had the usual problem of short holding for all zinnias, problems with Japanese beetles and leaf spot; WAAAAAAY too short, and the flower heads are useless to us for the way we sell zinnias- by the stem….couldn’t ask as much for them, therefore I won’t grow them again; None.
None listed by respondents.
Remove about 1/3 of leaves (lower ones); Surface sterilize stems in a 10% bleach solution, we don’t use floral preservative with zinnias, we avoid keeping them in the cooler; We only used plain water; Oklahoma Pink benefits from the addition of a floral preservative.
|Yield (stems/plant)||Stem Length (inches)||Market Appreciation Rating¹||Repeat Again Rating¹||Ease of Cultivation Rating¹||Average Spacing (in2)||Average Postharvest Life (days)|
|Range of Responses||1-47||10-24||1-5||2-5||2-5||1-5||2-5||36-252||6-10|
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