Digitalis ‘Camelot Cream’
Year Trialed: 2004
Year of Trial: First (from 2004 report)
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.
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.
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.
|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||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.
P.O. Box 1349
Gilroy CA 95021