Zinnia ‘Oklahoma Yellow’
Year Trialed: 2004
Year of Trial: First (from 2004 report)
Great bright color (11); Very productive (5); Strong stems (2); Long stems, tight flower heads, long produce period (8 weeks so far); OK hardiness; Nice double flower; Good uniformity; Did not begin to pick all the potential stems because when our’Benary Giants’ started to produce, we stopped picking; Impressively pest-resistant compared with other zinnias, most saleable stems by color, nice formation; Good doubleness, more useful than ‘Oklahoma Gold’; Fully double small flowers; Canadians are not great zinnia lovers in fresh, great as yard plant; A nice yellow to go with the ‘Envy’ and ‘Benary’s Giant White’ provided a subtle range of soft colors; Mostly double flowers; given a better understanding of this little guy, we may be able to make money with it.
Powder mildew (3); Flower size too small (2); No problems (2); We did not like this particular yellow color in our mixed bouquets; it just didn’t seem the right yellow; Outdoors there were many short stems of limited marketability; Multi branching made it difficult to cut for less experienced cutters; Variable stem length even with early pinching; Small, branching flowers and stems.
Hydraflor, Floralife; Water only, no cooler, morning cutting; Needs work. Editor’s note: see separate postharvest article in this issue for more information.
|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||1-40||12-24||2-4||2-4||2-4||1-5||2-5||36-192||5-22|
¹1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.
1444 Larson St.
Sycamore, IL 60178