Matthiola ‘Katz White’

Matthiola 'Katz White'

Trial: Annual

Year Trialed: 2007

Good Qualities:

Excellent quality, great scent, very easy to grow; Early blooming; Nothing stood out, we got this in very late, however, when it was getting too warm in the hoophouse; Easy to germinate, fast growing and early to go to field beds; Tallest of series; Great fragrance- we did use the stems in small bouquets and customers appreciated the fragrance; This was a nice white column type stock, but not a noticeably different or improved version of ‘Avalanche’; Good colors, all plants that germinated lived, germinated well.

Problems:

Not a prolific bloomer, did not transplant well; None; No marketable flowers on any cultivar in series; High proportion of singles; None to speak of, except a little slow.

Similar Cultivars:

This did not seem very different from either the Cheerful series or ‘White Beach’; ‘Avalanche’.

Comments:

Next time much closer and pull singles (although I used them for mixed bouquets no problem), loved all three colors; All plants in the series looked good during the germination, seedling, and early growth phase as young plants in the greenhouse and as plants in the beds – however, when flowering time came the flowers were useless – one or two florets, stunted spikes and not harvestable; It just doesn’t pay us to grow stock in the greenhouse and then outside it is short and not as nice – we really need to experiment with some hoops in the field to protect the plants and see if we can get larger flowers in the field – my customers would love that; Next time much closer and pull singles (although I used them for mixed bouquets no problem). Loved all three colors; Transplanting into tunnel on day 37 resulted in stockier, taller plants than those transplanted a week later; Would be better in a high tunnel as an early crop.

Postharvest:

We did not use any postharvest treatment – plain water; Bleach in water.

Trial Data

Matthiola ‘Katz White’
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 1.3 16.9 2.0 4.1 2.9 3.4 61.7 9.0
Range of Responses 0.5-4 14-22 2 3-5 1-5 2-5 16-144 6-12

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

Supplier

PanAmerican/Ball Seed

P.O. Box 438

West Chicago, IL 60186

www.panamseed.com

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