Zinnia Elegans ‘Benary’s Giant Lime’ 2002
Years Trialed: 2002
Unique color (10); More double than ‘Envy’ (5); More consistent than ‘Envy’ (3); Good flower form; Uniform plants, good germination, very strong stems, high percentage of double flowers; Great if you like a green zinnia; Large 2-22 inch flowers with nice colors that held better than ‘Envy’, but still browned too quickly; Good height; Great production, good vase life; Was good for bouquets; First ones to flower were mostly double flowers; Super fast crop; An improvement over ‘Envy’ – When flowers matured fully and without damage, they were exquisite in color and form (unfortunately these were infrequent).
Browning on petal tips (5); Powdery mildew (4); Many single or semi-double flowers (3); Small flowers (2); Flowers smaller than other Benary Giants (2); Too short (2); Poor germination (2); Still seems to bleach out in the sun to a lighter color; Color not uniform, color fades later in season, later stems not useful; Slightly weird color – Difficult season, leaf disease an issue (even with drought conditions); Low yield per plant; Had problem with hydration early in planting, but not later in season (zone 6b); Insects (striped cucumber beetle and green corn rootworm beetle) seemed to love this flower – The majority of the flowers never fully matured – be it insects, weather, or genetics – Eventually I cut blooms in the premature state and these were ok but certainly not what they could or should have been.
|Yield (stems/plant)||Stem Length (inches)||Market Appreciation Rating – Wholesale (1)||Market Appreciation Rating – Retail (1)||Market Appreciation Rating – Consumer (1)||Repeat Again Rating (2)||Ease of Cultivation Rating (2)||Average Spacing (in2)|
|Range of Responses||0-35||12-26||2-5||2-5||2-5||1-5||3-5||36-288|
(1) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.
1444 Larson St.
Sycamore, IL 60178