Campanula ‘Champion Light Blue’
Years Trialed: 2000
Color (7), lighter purple than AChampion Blue@; Strong stiff main stem, 8 open flowers; Uniform; Great to have a Campanula calycanthema type variety throughout season, good for bouquets; Appealing shape of flowers; No insects and no fungus.
Too short (3); Better as a greenhouse cut (2); Did not tolerate heat (2); Really had a hard time establishing in the field (Zone 2); Variable flowering time, sheds pollen; Will have to try again, planting earlier, to see if they will produce as well as AChampion Blue@ and APink@; Timing is tricky – should be staked – poor yields and short stem length (compared to what is expected for cultivar), disease prone; Never amounted to too much in the field, in the garden it was in full bloom all June, however, grew like a bedding plant and not a cut flower; After 1 July, too hot and stems not marketable; Too costly to produce in our climate (Zone 5); My customers love the annual Campanula medium, however, ‘Champions’ are a poor substitution for the biennual we grow; Needs to be started early; Lost all plants to Pythium; Took 12 months to bloom.
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(1) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.
Sakata Seed America, Inc.
18095 Serene Dr.
Morgan Hill, CA 95037