NC State Extension

Dianthus ‘Sweet Coral’

Dianthus 'Sweet Coral'

Trial: Annual

Year Trialed: 2004

Year of Trial: First (from 2004 report)

Good Qualities:

Unique color (8); Tolerated heat well, good fragrance; Problem free, grows under hot conditions, valuable addition to complement Neon; Still blooming in Sept. (although shorter stems), nice branching, color mixes well with so many things; Easy, good for bouquets, nice dark foliage, quick to produce; Best color of the series; Initial spike was very strong with a globular shape-almost perfectly round, some old spice fragrance, very nice colorCgood OOOOH factor, strong growth; Also bloomed 2 weeks earlier than Amazon Neon; Germinated great; Great fragrance, we especially liked the coral variety, great color, especially since coral is predicted to be a popular color next year; Nice for variety of color within arrangements, early flowering, ease of bouquet; Very strong.

Problems:

Too short (3); Petal color fades too quickly; Secondary stems a little weaker than the king flower, but still very good quality and not so tightly round as the initial spike; Blister beetles ravaged the flowers, picture is on www.hightunnels.org, Sevin controlled the beetles, had to spray twice in August; Plants lasted longer than Dianthus ‘Sweet Red’, but still had problems with several plants rotting.

Postharvest:

They were pretty easy to take care of, they do have a tendency to snap at the joints when I was handling them to strip leaves. Editor’s note: see separate postharvest article in this issue for more information.

Comments:

Similar to Neon series (2) or other dianthus; Loved it!; Flowering without a chill requirement is a real plus, Sweet Coral is a softer color than very bright Neon Amazon series, that it resembles in growth habit; This one was my customers favorite.

Trial Data

Dianthus ‘Sweet Coral’
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 5.9 15.2 4.0 4.6 3.9 3.7 4.4 97 10.0
Range of Responses 2-12 8-28 4 4-5 2-5 1-5 2-5 36-216 7-16

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

Supplier

PanAmerican Seed

P.O. Box 438

West Chicago, IL 60186

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