The US cut flower trials run by John Dole have named their top 3 cut flowers for 2013 and the column stock growers amongst you may be interested to see Pan American’s Katz at the top of the list!
ASCFG names three top cuts for ’13
Yes, there ARE cut flowers grown in the states, plenty of them. Maybe just not as many mums, carnations or roses as the old days. And most of those growers are members of ASCFG, the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers. That group has selected its top Fresh, Woody Stem, and Bulb Cut Flowers of the Year for 2013. The accolade is based on the cultivars’ performance in the ASCFG National Cut Flower Trials, and recommendations from cut flower growers across the country. The winners for 2013 are:
Stock Katz Cherry Blossom. From a series named for the late Philip Katz, long-time PanAmerican Seed product manager, this cultivar was picked by growers for its uniform flowers and consistent stem length. Improved heat tolerance and fast crop time compared to traditional column stocks allow Katz to be grown earlier and later in the season. Five percent of PanAm’s worldwide net seed sales of the Katz stock series will be donated to PanCan for Pancreatic Cancer research.
Symphoricarpos Amethyst. This North American native plant produces small white flowers in summer and masses of hot pink berries, which ripen into the fall. It’s relatively easy to cultivate as a cut flower crop, with fruiting stems as long as 60 in. Fruit form on the current season’s growth. Plants tend to spread via underground suckers when they settle into a prime spot. Stems are harvested when most of the fruit is well colored; waiting too long might result in the older fruit turning brown.
Ranunculus Super Green. “Funky” and “avant garde” describe this unusual cultivar, which combines the bright, cheery colors of traditional ranunculus with green, leafy inner “petals.”
Super Green is available as a mix or in individual colors. As with traditional ranunculus, plants grow best in cool weather and are particularly well suited to minimally or non-heated tunnels during winter and spring. Stems grow up to 24 in. tall.
For more on these cuts and specialty cuts in general, visit ASCFG at www.ascfg.org.