Agastache Barberi ‘Tutti Frutti’

Trial: Perennial

Years Trialed: 1998, 1999

Good Qualities:

Year 1:

Beautiful color (4); Long stems (3); Fragrant foliage (2); Loaded with blooms. It had no pests; Shape, lasting qualities; Very long bloom period; Attractive in a bunch.

Year 2:

Nice foliage fragrance

Problems:

Year 1:

Flowers shatter (3); The brittle stems would make transplanting/cutting difficult (2). The plants tend to break at the base and can look weedy; Not showy.

Year 2:

Flowers shatter, would be better as garden plant

Comments:

Year 1:

: ‘Tutti Frutti’ must be staked or the plants will fall over in the latter part of the season; Smelled a bit funny. Hope it overwinters. People liked it, especially the name and remembered it; Started picking 7/10/98 and was still picking at end of September. Lots of stems left to pick; Would be nice if it didn’t shatter; Spindly stems. Not a good seller; this could go from a 1 to a 5 if there were a secret way of keeping it from shedding. Showed it to florists who loved it but won’t buy it because of shedding; Florist liked the flower but would not use in vase arrangements.

Year 2:

I knew this one wouldn’t make it but I was hoping. I really liked it last year!; Great garden plant. Not good as cut.

Trial Data

Year 1

Agastache barberi ‘Tutti Frutti’
Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating (1) Repeat Again Rating (1) Ease of Cultivation Rating (1)
Average 16.3 25.3 2.4 2.9 4.6

(1) Data shown are from those respondents who harvested stems. Some respondents may not have harvested stems because they were too short. Flowering stems may be longer next year after plants are established. See comments section for more details.

(2) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.

Year 2

Agastache barberi ‘Tutti Frutti’
Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating (1) Repeat Again Rating (1) Ease of Cultivation Rating (1)
Average 65.5 25.3 1.0 1.0 4.5

(1) Data shown are from those respondents who harvested stems. Some respondents may not have harvested stems because they were too short. Flowering stems may be longer next year after plants are established. See comments section for more details.

(2) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.

Supplier

Green Leaf Enterprises

2369 Old Philadelphia Pike

Lancaster, PA 17602

717-299-0300

FAX 717-299-7162

perennials@yoder.com

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