Dianthus ‘Fandango Crimson’

Trial: Annual

Years Trialed: 2007

Dianthus 'Fandango Crimson'

Good Qualities:

Rich color (7); It was a heavy producer (2); Ten to twelve flower heads per plant; Easy to grow, pretty little flower; Flowers attractive, flush same time, no support needed; Nice stiff stems; Full plants; Easy to germinate and transplant; Strong healthy plants; Attractive blooms.

Problems:

Very short stem length (6); However, for all of the cultivars I trialed, the stem length probably was compromised due to the fact we went 6 weeks without rain (June through mid July) and I couldn’t keep up with the watering; I was very pleased that the seeds sprouted and were growing, but upset that I could not keep them alive – the weather was unusually dry – I am not sure if that was the cause. I grew this cultivar next to and among other dianthus including ‘Bouquet Purple’ and the Neon series using the same culture for each, this cultivar has short stems and scarce florets on the flowering stalk, I gave up harvesting it as it was not even useful for my shortest stemmed bouquets; I thought it would make a better bedding plant, started out very short but stretched out with time, still not as tall as the Bouquet Rose magic dianthus; Both dianthus in trial developed lots of black spots on stems and leaves, poor quality, dianthus ‘Amazon’ in same row produced excellent cuts; Not a suitable cut flower – two tone color nice – would be a good garden/bedding plant.

Similar Cultivars:

Dianthus Bouquet, but not in color.

Comments:

Nice bedding plant; The Neon’s were outstanding, ‘Bouquet Purple’ was okay but not as good as some other years that I have grown it, ‘Fandango Crimson’ compared to either or both was not a good performer; This would be a sophisticated shade of red for Christmas décor; My customers did not like this color as much as the ‘Bouquet Rose Magic’; Would make a nice garden addition and possibly an interesting container plant as it flowers the first year, but not one I’d choose as a cut flower.

Trial Data

Dianthus ‘Fandango Crimson’
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 9.4 12.0 2.7 2.7 3.6 2.3 4.2 80 8.8
Range of Responses 1.5-15 9-15 1-4 1-5 1-4 1-4 2-5 36-144 7-12

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

Supplier

Goldsmith Seeds

P.O. Box 1349

Gilroy CA 95021

www.goldsmithseeds.com

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