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Zinnia ‘Uproar Rose’

Zinnia 'Uproar Rose'

Trial: Annual

Year Trialed: 2008

Good Qualities:

Great consistent rose color (13); Productive (7); Large flowers (6), flower size does not diminish as season advances; Double (4); Tall or long stems (3); Easy to grow (2); Bloomed for most of the growing season; Consistent and uniform blooms; Triple layer (or more) of petals was always there; Very first flowers were 3-4 inches on 18 inch stems, lots of flower from July to September (Zone 9); Early successions especially productive; A standout in the field! A heavy yielder with big beautiful blooms on long, strong stems; Uniform grower; Still a favorite; Not as sensitive to high EC irrigation water; Weeks of cutting in field; Fit in nicely with the other large flowered zinnias in the trail and those I regularly grow.

Problems:

We had the usual problem of short holding for all zinnias, problems with Japanese beetles and leaf spot; Does not measure up to Benary zinnias; Size of blooms was reduced by each cut, however, was marginally restored to original 4-5in. diameter by severe cutting of side/lower shoots; Late successions seem much shorter, not as productive; Shorter than other cultivars of similar color, more susceptible to zinnia diseases; Mildew; Soft necks, tends to break easily!; Japanese beetles and fungal diseases, used hot pepper spray, hand picked a lot of beetles!; None.

Similar Cultivars:

‘Giant Carmine Rose’ (3); Very close in color to Benary Giant Purple, Benary’s Giant is closest, but color not the same.

Comments:

Japanese Beetles were a huge problem on pink cultivars, especially this one; Would never be without this zinnia! Wish the breeder offered a full range of colors with the commendable attributes of this cultivar!; Are more ‘Uproar’ colors coming along? Harvested between 7/16-8/19 (transplanted to the field May 22); Entire zinnia crop was planted late while I was out of town, this year, I pinched in August and cut back severely in late August which did increase stem length, I could have sold all of the large flowered ones if I’d been able to keep the mildew preventative spray; A winner!!!; Would like to see additional colors; Flower head – 8 cm; Outstanding zinnia added to our collection of things to grow.

Postharvest:

We only used plain water; Need cooler temps, unfortunately we didn’t have the facility for storing; Surface sterilize stems in a 10% bleach solution, we don’t use floral preservative with zinnias, we avoid keeping them in the cooler; Used Floralife and picked when fully open.

Trial Data

Zinnia ‘Uproar Rose’
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)
Average 9.6 18.5 3.8 4.8 4.8 4.4 4.4 128 6.8
Range of Responses 3-30 10-30 1-5 4-5 4-5 2-5 3-5 36-252 6-9

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

Supplier

Goldsmith Seeds

P.O. Box 1349

Gilroy CA 95021

www.goldsmithseeds.com

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