Campanula ‘Champion Lavender Improved’

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Trial: Annual

Year Trialed: 2009

Good Qualities:

Nice soft color (5); In the past we had only grown the blue and pink, the white and lavender were surprisingly popular and were outstanding; Strong stems and large blossoms, customers couldn’t get enough, great vase life with all blooms opening; Long vase live, pleasing flower shape; Flowers were nice; Outstanding productivity early in high tunnel, attractive flower; Loved by all.

Problems:

Thrips magnet; Heat stress; Germination wasn’t good and didn’t have many plants to work with, liked what I got, but just wasn’t enough to make a good recommendation; Set back severely by spring weather conditions in field; As apical flowers fade, they shrivel and brown without dropping, thus reducing quality of appearance, even though the subsequent flowers look beautiful.

Similar Cultivars:

Other campanulas; All colors of series are alike.

Comments:

Harvested in July week 1 to 3 (planted in field 4/25, Zone 5); We will be adding the white and lavender to our regular plantings from now on, they are worth having in the mix, initial stems were large at 36 inches, 3 others averaged about 15 inches; New color for us, nice; A “must grow”; I should have used support netting; Cornell trial yield: 2 stems in field, 10 stems in tunnel and length: 13 inches in field, 22 inches in tunnel.

Postharvest:

I just used water (2); Cut early in the day, kept cool and also used Floralife, strip bottom foliage before putting into buckets, seems to help with absorption; Cut early in bloom cycle.

See separate postharvest report for results from NC State University postharvest evaluations.

Trial Data

Campanula ‘Champion Lavender Improved’
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 3.8 17.8 3.5 4.5 4.2 4.4 3.7 81 10.4
Range of Responses 1-6 12-22 3-4 3-5 3-5 3-5 3-5 36-144 5-14

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

Supplier

Sakata Seed America

18095 Serene Drive

Morgan Hill, CA 95037

www.sakata.com

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