Digitalis ‘Camelot Lavender’

Trial: Annual

Year Trialed: 2004

Year of Trial: First (from 2004 report)

Good Qualities:

Beautiful color (4); Short crop time (3); Range of colors in 1st year flowering Digitalis; Easy, flowers on all sides of the stem, better than ‘Foxy’; Very uniform, big improvement over Foxy, larger, better, richer color than Foxy; Very pretty and unique flower in mixed arrangements, color went well with many flowers, liked the speckled look on the th lower lip of the blooms, we never would have tried to grow a digitalis in our climate (Zone 4-5) if we had not been sent this seed, it was amazing, did very well; Easy to grow, uniform, did very well; Strong healthy plants, all colors bloom at same time, unlike Foxy; Great cut, rebloomed every week, farm market customers loved it, always sold out.

Problems:

Too short (2); Failed because it is too hot here to plant digitalis in Spring, need to have these in ground in November; Spider mites; No problems; Lower flowers tended to shatter, some may want longer stems, but this what not a big problem for us, in the strongest heat of the summer (Zone4-5), we did seem to get some tip burn on the blooms; Bottom florets drop off; blooming again now (Fall, Zone 7a); Some petal drop with more mature stems, shortening vase life, stem strength was sometimes weak.

Postharvest:

This was the one weak point of this flower, it did need to be conditioned B if we picked and tried to arrange with it right after picking it wanted to wilt B lower blooms tended to shatter, we do not use floral preservative and this might have been helpful with this flower; 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. Editor’s note: see separate postharvest article in this issue for more information.

Comments:

Similar to Foxy (2); Sowed in the greenhouse 2/3/04, good germination, transplanted to 200 cell tray, harvest periiod 7//8-8/16/04; 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; A must for growing next year; Is this a perennial Digitalis in mild Santa Cruz?

Trial Data

Digitalis ‘Camelot Lavender’
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 5.3 19.6 3.7 4.5 4.1 4.1 4.5 107 8.6
Range of Responses 1-20 9-40 3-4 3-5 2-5 2-5 3-5 36-192 5-15

(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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