Digitalis ‘Camelot Rose’

Digitalis 'Camelot Rose'

Trial: Annual

Year Trialed: 2004

Year of Trial: First (from 2004 report)

Good Qualities:

Rich color (7); Relatively short, would try again and try to push taller; Large heads, good branching; Short crop time; Stiff stems, 1st year flowering; Since these seeds were pelleted, no transplanting from seed tray was necessary, direct seeded to plug tray, great!; Very uniform, big improvement over Foxy, larger, better, richer color than Foxy; Easy to grow, uniform, did very well; Strong healthy plants, grew quickly, all colors bloom at same time, unlike Foxy; Difficult to transport flowers, difficult to use in arrangement.

Problems:

Short (2); Spider mites; No problems; The humidity caused the flowers to wilt within 2 hour of displaying at farmers market, very hard to condition for outdoor sales; Bottom florets drop off.

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. Editor’s note: see separate postharvest article in this issue for more information.

Comments:

Similar to Foxy (2); No disease, no bugs until Japanese Beetle started; 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.

Trial Data

Digitalis ‘Camelot Rose’
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 3.8 19.5 3.8 4.0 3.9 3.8 4.5 89 7.2
Range of Responses 1-7 9-40 3-4 3-5 3-5 1-5 3-5 36-144 5-10

(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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