Matthiola ‘White Wonder Improved’

Matthiola 'White Wonder Improved'

Trial: Annual

Year Trialed: 2008

Good Qualities:

Very nice white with green center, very sturdy and tall stems, excellent cluster of flowers; Very uniform, foliage clean looking, succession flowered in short window; Great fragrance, nice color; Beautiful in spring and early summer; Lovely fragrance, clean white, nice length, a few singles.

Problems:

Not super strong stems; Flowers crinkled and leaves curled, plants appear to be diseased–not attractive; Planted in shade but plant performed poorly when temperatures were higher in summer.

Similar Cultivars:

‘Katz White’.

Comments:

Easy to grow, didn’t need support netting; Good planted alongside Cheerful White, as White Wonder was a little later; Perhaps it our climate, but we did not find the stock in this trial to be attractive as individual cut flowers, the fragrance and colors are great making them useful in mixed bouquets, but not as focal flowers.

Postharvest:

We use only plain water.

Trial Data

Matthiola ‘White Wonder Improved’
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 15.9 2.0 4.0 3.7 4.1 81 6.5
Range of Responses 1-3 14-30 2 2-5 2-5 4-5 25-144 4-9

(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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