Celosia ‘Bombay Fiora’

Celosia 'Bombay Fiora'

Trial: Annual

Year Trialed: 2004

Year of Trial: First (from 2004 report)

Good Qualities:

Brilliant color (9); Good form; Easy, people loved it; Unfortunately we didn’t have hardly any blooms at all. Do all the heads have that pink colored line along the top of the crest? If so, I do like that feature of them!; In the tunnel early flowering, strong stem, celosia is a good crop for early planting in a high tunnel in spring; Outdoors: large comb size; Nice bloom size; Long lasting, heat tolerant.

Problems:

50% plants too short; So-so color, not very showy; Stems too thick to be useful – in mixed bouquets – okay sold as single stems, but not particularly interesting flower shape or color; Not the most vigorous plant I have ever grown but the color was so great that I will buy the seed despite it’s rather high price; We grow many different celosias and like them very much, however we consistently have problems with the Bombays, the Fiora was no different, I got approximately 20 plants to the field and none of these produced acceptable heads to pick, the color did look like it would be a good color though; Susceptible to 2, 4-D drift; Produces no side shoots in the tunnel, even when topped B growers say seed is expensive, and without branches to harvest over a long time, this variety, and the other colors, are not worth it; No side shoots outdoors, even when topped, expensive seed, when started as a plug, even shorter than when using larger cell, not adapted to field conditions; None until they fell over in rain and wind associated with hurricanes; no problems.

Postharvest:

Fiora also dries well, but don’t let it remain submerged in water, it gets brown and mushy; With past experience of celosia, don’t wait too long to harvest them, the little black seeds are a bother and shatter everywhere if they have already developed when the flower is cut; No special treatments.

Comments:

Similar to other celosias species; In the tunnel, the Cramer’s lines are superior in suckering, but about 3 weeks later; Sowed direct into 128 cell tray on 4/16/04; In the tunnel the very early flowering means that growing conditions in the cell and just after transplanting must be excellent, with no checks in growth, otherwise the plants will stay short and not produce the stem length needed.

Trial Data

Celosia ‘Bombay Fiora’
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 20.1 3.0 3.8 3.6 3.3 3.7 93 7.9
Range of Responses 1-11 14-24 2-4 2-5 1-5 1-5 1-5 20-144 5-10

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

Supplier

Kieft Seeds

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