Digitalis ‘Camelot Cream’

Trial: Annual

Year Trialed: 2004

Year of Trial: First (from 2004 report)

Good Qualities:

Very nice color (3); Easy to grow (4); Short crop time (2); Soft color to add to range of 1st years flowering Digitalis; Flowers on all sides of the stem, better than ‘Foxy’; Florettes evenly spaced around the stem, not on one side as with most Foxgloves, flowers first season and came into production after others were finished, long flowering period; Uniform, did very well; Strong healthy plants, grew quickly, all colors bloom at same time, unlike Foxy; In the tunnel, steady production of useable stems from early July to late fall (Zone 5), flowers in first year from seed, productive; Outside, attractive, productive through the summer and fall, until Oct. 25.

Problems:

Spider mites, short stems; would be nice if florettes were closer together, produced a number of spikes less than 12 inches, but these were useful in small bouquets; Bottom florets drop off; In the tunnel: Cream stems were the shortest of the 3 varieties tested, florets tend to fall off if stems handled roughly; Outside, flowers need to be handled carefully to prevent floret drop; Short flowering period.

Postharvest:

We didn’t do any post harvest trials on this one but it seemed to hold really well; Remove bottom florets, or they will drop off on their own; In the tunnel, florets start to drop in 4 days in water, better retention in Aquaplus, minimal floret drop when ‘Retain’ (0.25 mM) and Aquaplus combined in vase solution; Outside, flowers last about a week in water, but florets start dropping after about 5 days at room temperature; Preservative is definitely needed for longer vase life, remove lower leaves when placing in cut flower solution.

Comments:

Similar to Foxy Mix (2); Digitalis has naturalized in this area and can be seen in great abundance in cut over areas; In the tunnel, Camelot Cream is more productive than Foxy, 17 vs. 10 stems/plant; A good cut flower, we plan to grow this and other colors in this series, it will be interesting to see what it does next year; My customers used all the colors; Camelot was strong from emergence onward, it was planted on plastic mulch and not irrigated, easy to grow, it is worth the added expense, it being at least 20 times more expensive than Foxy; Very unique cut flower, support was not necessary, Digitalis is a biennial B flower production per plant during the first year was not great, but acceptable for such an unusual cut flower B we have left these plants in the field for over winter. Will there be more flowers the second year?

Trial Data

Digitalis ‘Camelot Cream’
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 5.2 21.8 4.0 5.0 4.1 4.3 4.6 122 7.3
Range of Responses 1-17 13-40 4 5 2-5 2-5 4-5 36-216 7-9

(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

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