Campanula ‘Champion Light Blue’

Trial: Annual

Years Trialed: 2000

Good Qualities:

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.

Problems:

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.

Comments:

Was not light blue but was purple (3); Similar to Campanula calycanthema and to Champion Blue; Produced 8-10 side shoots, with smaller stem than main shoot; No support problems (necessary).

Trial Data

Campanula ‘Champion Light Blue’
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 1.5 12.6 1.0 2.6 3.1 2.9 3.1

(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, Inc.

18095 Serene Dr.

Morgan Hill, CA 95037

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