Delphinium ‘Candle Lavender Shades’

Delphinium 'Candle Lavender Shades'

Trial Started: 2005

Year of Trial: First (from 2005 report)

Good Qualities:

Beautiful color (6); Large individual flowers (2); Fast, nice stems, uniform.

Problems:

Didn’t really like our hot summer, lost plants throughout the summer, those that survived came on quite nice this fall and are still sending up flower stalks; Didn’t get planted until late, so didn’t get as many stems as should have. Hope next spring they will be big and beautiful, and taller; I’m not sure that I could see the difference between ‘Lavender’ and ‘Violet’; No germination; Root disease wiped out this variety by early September in field and tunnel.

Postharvest:

Change water daily; Used an STS solution and really helps with shattering- 8 hours; then Crysal #2

Comments:

Could not tell difference between ‘Candle Violet’ and ‘Candle Lavender’; Seeded in flats on 1/25 and gave 2 weeks of cold treatment. First harvest, 7/4 – 7/15, then a new flush 9/15 – 10/20; I could sell all the delphiniums I could grow, but have powdery mildew issues which affect the blooms not just foliage; General comments on trial (Zone 5): Plants were transplanted unto shallow beds covered with plastic mulch and with trickle irrigation, there were 2 replications in a high tunnel, and 2 outside, plants were arranged in a 12 x 12 inch spacing in 3 rows on each bed. Plant death due to root disease was the dominant feature of this trial, with the exception of the Bellamosum types, all other varieties were essentially dead by early September, the unusually warm growing season may have contributed to this mortality.

Trial Data

Delphinium ‘Candle Lavender Shades’
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 2.1 25.4 3.0 3.5 3.7 3.3 3.0 118 6.7
Range of Responses 1-4 18-38 1-4 1-4 1-4 1-5 1-5 36-192 4-10

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

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Supplier

Sakata Seed America

18095 Serene Drive

Morgan Hill, CA 95037

www.sakata.com

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