Zinnia ‘Zowie Yellow Flame’
Trial Started: 2005
Year of Trial: First (from 2005 report)
Exciting unique bicolor/ tricolor (10); Flowers were consistent in doubleness and bicolor ring size; Everyone loves them. Lots and lots of branching; When we had these bunched alone, they were often the first bunches to be bought at market, so they did catch people’s eye; Many, mostly it was the sunshine nature that endeared it to the customers, usually the center yellow was ringed in a shade of violet/pink, then subsequent rings of red, yellow, and orange or blendings of them – flowers were about 2 inches across and could stand alone or look fabulous paired with red or carmine globes, neon dianthus, red, orange and yellow zinnias (esp the less popular singles) or deep red dianthus; Farmer’s market customers loved it – loved the color; Hardy stems, long lasting; It worked especially well with fall bouquets; Youthful appeal; Stands out in bouquets, prolific bloomer; Good flower size; My customers really liked this one a lot.
Short stems (7); Had to use as sprays or bouquets; Was planted in a dustier area of the field and did suffer from mite infestations; Not problems, did not repeat bloom as quickly as other zinnias, but we were still cutting them heavily to keep up with demand, some did not have the violet ring but most times the customers did not care, some bug pressures as other zinnias, some powdery mildew toward end; Some bugs; Flowers not very double, flower petals narrow, ie. gappy; 1st to start getting leaf spot.
I found that this zinnia needs to have a good stage of maturity before it is cut, too early of a cut inevitably led to a blending or loss due to age, waiting too long, however meant center would brown, timing was important, but these sold so quickly that once I discovered its habits, I could make adjustments without much bending or loss due to age – we used Floralife, gave customers some and told them to change out water at every day or so; Floralife. See separate postharvest report in this issue for results from NC State University postharvest evaluations.
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(1) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.
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