Gomphrena ‘Audray Pink’

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Trial: Annual

Year Trialed: 2009

Good Qualities:

Beautiful color (6); Long stems (4); Productive (4); Strong stems (3); Great flower size and foliage; Attractive filler in arrangements, especially well adapted to warm tunnels in summer; Consistent flower color; Nice big bloom, easier to harvest than some gomphrenas. Branching habit, very productive plants even in cool coastal CA; Very good branching structure, would be very good for bouquets, this also made it easy to see where to cut in order for new keep new growth coming, the plants grew very well and were taller than the Las Vegas series, did not get affected by disease the same as the Las Vegas series, had a little brown/red on edges of leaves but that is it; This is a very tall cultivar, easy to harvest, I would grow this one again; Color mixed well with many other flowers for bouquets, nice accent, germination was good; Plants were taller and stems easier to cut than the Las Vegas species, flower was also a little larger, but later to fill out than the Las Vegas.

Problems:

Stems not long enough (3); None (2); Slow to bloom; Inconsistent stem length.

Similar Cultivars:

Gomphrena ‘Purple Red’; Growing the same as other gomphrenas.

Comments:

I would definitely try this one again; My new favorite gomphrena; Was not affected anywhere near as bad with what hit the Las Vegas series, they showed a little reddening along the margins of leaves but that is it, overall did not affect growth rate, vase life, or vase quality; The only thing they can do to improve this cultivar is to add more colors; I liked the flower for its color and the plant grew very nicely, it was full and had many blossoms per stem each week, it had a stronger stem than the Las Vegas, but didn’t get as full of color until later in the season, plants were tall and very nice, would be a great garden plant as well as ‘Las Vegas’; Cornell trial yield: 12 stems in field, 21 stems in tunnel and length: 24 inches in field, 28 inches in tunnel.

Postharvest:

I only used plain water, perhaps a hydrating solution would have helped, flowers had “bent neck” syndrome after one or two days and were really droopy in arrangements; Cool water, Floralife, cool after cutting and don’t leave in heat of the field; Water; Postharvest life “forever”.

Trial Data

Gomphrena ‘Audray Pink’
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 15.2 17.0 3.5 4.0 3.8 4.5 4.4 96 9.8
Range of Responses 2-60 8-26 3-4 2-5 2-5 3-5 4-5 36-144 3-14

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

Supplier

American Takii

301 Natividad Rd.

Salinas, CA 93906

www.takii.com

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