Dianthus ‘Sweet Purple’

Trial: Annual

Year Trialed: 2004

Year of Trial: First (from 2004 report)

Good Qualities:

Nice vibrant color (5); Good fragrance (3); Much more appealing than the Amazon Neon Duo series; Lasted long time in field and in cooler; Long vase life; Mix well in bouquets; Easy, good for bouquets, nice dark foliage, quick to produce; Bloomed 2 weeks earlier than Amazon Neon, this purple is the same color as the Amazon purple; Germinated great; In the tunnel, 2 weeks earlier than Neon series, will produce a second flush of flowers in late Sept through Oct (Zone 5) but stems even shorter then, most productive of the Dianthus in trial; Outside, early, productive, first harvest by June 23, flowers in year of sowing without cold treatment; Could be cut from bud to fully open for immediate use; Easy to grow, multiple stems produced during flowering season.

Problems:

Too short (3); No problems; Planted too late – I think they would have done much better, if planted in fall; Blister beetles ravaged the flowers, picture is on www.hightunnels.org, Sevin controlled the beetles, had to spray twice in August; In the tunnel, thinner stems than Neon series; Outside, stem length marginal; Stem length inconsistency; Many of the secondary stems are weak.

Postharvest:

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.

Comments:

Looks like the same genetics as Neon Duo which is good; Outside, this variety is 5.5 inches shorter than Amazon Purple, but 20 days earlier; Good cut flower; The tunnel grown available for July 2 sales; Support wire was necessary; Dianthus barbatus is a biennial B flower production per plant during the first year was very good; however, we have left these plants in the field over winter to determine if they will flower better the second year.

Trial Data

Dianthus ‘Sweet Purple’
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 5.8 15.1 3.3 3.6 3.6 3.5 4.4 87 9.0
Range of Responses 1-10 6-28 2-4 2-5 2-5 1-5 2-5 36-144 7-14

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

Supplier

PanAmerican Seed

P.O. Box 438

West Chicago, IL 60186

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