Zinnia Elegans ‘Benary’s Giant Lime’ 2002

Zinnia elegans 'Benary's Giant Lime'

Trial: Annual

Years Trialed: 2002

Good Qualities:

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).

Problems:

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.

Comments:

Editor note: See Postharvest Report in this issue for vase life and handling information. Similar to ‘Envy’ (5); Superior to ‘Envy’ (2); This is no improvement over ‘Envy’, which has been available and unimproved for decades; We pinched out the first terminal and harvested all other shoots – Planted 30 at 3′ wide bed 3 rows at 6; apart – Hand seeded 6-8; apart on row; Will try again probably do better with a more typical summer (less heat more moisture); Not similar to ‘Envy’; Harvested until frost (Zone 6/7); Most people passed over green zinnias when buying, those who bought, really loved them; I really like the Benary Zinnias and hope that one day ‘Giant Lime’ can live up to its name in the Benary line-up – It has the potential – Also, despite its smaller size and (often) lack of full bloom, my customers really liked this zinnia and did not question paying the same for it as the larger Benary zinnias; Not as thrifty as other Benary Giants; How long will green be trendy?

Trial Data

Zinnia elegans ‘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 (2) Ease of Cultivation Rating (2) Average Spacing (in2)
Average 10.4 17.8 3.5 3.6 4.0 3.6 4.4 155
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.

Supplier

Benary Seed

1444 Larson St.

Sycamore, IL 60178

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