Zinnia ‘Benary’s Giant Lime’

Trial: Annual

Year Trialed: 2004

Year of Trial: First (from 2004 report)

Good Qualities:

Unique color (9); Better than Envy (3); Strong stem (3); Vigorous; Many more double blooms than Envy, nice big doubles; More vigorous than Envy, but still a weaker, ugly plant; Popular at markets, people would ask for it; If you like this color, I guess it is a lime green, we just can=t warm up to the color, extremely productive, however, we just could not use them in the bouquets, that is why we picked so few stems; Similar growth as other colors (i.e., not distinctively weaker), productive, mixed well with other zinnia colors in fall; Built good height as season went on; Medium-large flower; Not as many double blooms as expected, but I will continue to grow for the color, planted late, but still blooming Oct. 31, zone 6/7.

Problems:

Many were not double (4); Not quite as large a flower as I expected, many had same flower head size as Envy, saw little difference between Envy and this cultivar; No problems; This cultivar was in a shady spot and didn’t do well – I would like to try it again next year; Not as durable as other colors in the series; Low yield; The edges of the petals turned brown very easily, just couldn’t use this zinnia; Not true lime green in color, intense pest problems, mildew; Still some unusable flowers, not really enough of an improvement from Envy to warrant the extra cost; Seed germination was only approximately 50%; Plants susceptible to alternaria; Stems too short; Tended to turn brown if not picked immediately.

Postharvest:

We use Hydraflor 2 hour, then Floralife, sometimes cool them at 37°F – not supposed to but they responded well; Water, morning cut, no cooler; Seems to be similar to other zinnias in vase life duration.

Comments:

Similar to Envy (3); Lime is better for strong stem; More productive and less mildew-susceptible than Envy in tunnels; Flowers rarely looked as full, double or as nice as the promo pictures; These were everyone=s favorite; Needs additional work in breeding, low germination; Sowed directly into a 128 cell tray on 4/16/04, harvested flowers beginning 7/7/04; People who buy bells of Ireland like it; I hope others are having better success with this one; It needs to be tried again in better conditions and better disease control, perhaps with a seed treatment.

Trial Data

Zinnia ‘Benary’s Giant Lime’
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 8.7 18.3 3.3 3.3 3.5 3.5 4.2 107 7.2
Range of Responses 2-25 9-26 3-4 2-4 2-5 2-5 2-5 36-192 6-10

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

Supplier

Benary Seed

1444 Larson St.

Sycamore, IL 60178

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