Dianthus ‘Sweet Coral’
Year Trialed: 2004
Year of Trial: First (from 2004 report)
Unique color (8); Tolerated heat well, good fragrance; Problem free, grows under hot conditions, valuable addition to complement Neon; Still blooming in Sept. (although shorter stems), nice branching, color mixes well with so many things; Easy, good for bouquets, nice dark foliage, quick to produce; Best color of the series; Initial spike was very strong with a globular shape-almost perfectly round, some old spice fragrance, very nice colorCgood OOOOH factor, strong growth; Also bloomed 2 weeks earlier than Amazon Neon; Germinated great; Great fragrance, we especially liked the coral variety, great color, especially since coral is predicted to be a popular color next year; Nice for variety of color within arrangements, early flowering, ease of bouquet; Very strong.
Too short (3); Petal color fades too quickly; Secondary stems a little weaker than the king flower, but still very good quality and not so tightly round as the initial spike; Blister beetles ravaged the flowers, picture is on www.hightunnels.org, Sevin controlled the beetles, had to spray twice in August; Plants lasted longer than Dianthus ‘Sweet Red’, but still had problems with several plants rotting.
They were pretty easy to take care of, they do have a tendency to snap at the joints when I was handling them to strip leaves. Editor’s note: see separate postharvest article in this issue for more information.
|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)|
|Range of Responses||2-12||8-28||4||4-5||2-5||1-5||2-5||36-216||7-16|
(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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West Chicago, IL 60186