Campanula ‘Champion White Improved’

 

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Trial: Annual

Year Trialed: 2009

Good Qualities:

Really liked the white variety; In the past we had only grown the blue and pink, the white and lavender were surprisingly popular and were outstanding; Great vase life, very popular form and flower presentation; Beautiful colors particularly the blue and white, long vase live, pleasing flower shape; Color choice and flowers were nice; Outstanding productivity early in high tunnel, attractive flower.

Problems:

Thrips magnet; Weakest of the Champions trialed, heat stress; Germination wasn’t good and didn’t have many plants to work with, did like what I got, but just wasn’t enough to make a good recommendation; Set back severely by spring weather conditions in field.

Similar Cultivars:

I did not notice any improvement in any of the ‘Improved Champion’ campanulas over the regular ‘Champion’; Other campanulas; All colors of series are alike.

Comments:

Harvested 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 stem was large at 36 inches, 3 others averaged about 15 inches; I should have used support netting; Nice white; Cornell trial yield: 2 stems in field, 9 in tunnel and length: 14 inches in field, 21 inches in tunnel.

Postharvest:

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

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

Trial Data

Campanula ‘Champion White 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 3.1 17.1 3.0 4.0 4.4 4.3 3.7 79 10.5
Range of Responses 1-6 12-20 3 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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