Zinnia ‘Oklahoma Scarlet’
Year Trialed: 2008
Clear bright colors (7); Productive (7); Color is uniform (2), just an occasional orange bloom. Vigorous growth, good germination, easy to transplant and establish in the field; Fantastic performers! Tall plants produced long stems, blooms were in a variety of different forms – from standard zinnia to ball dahlia – many with interesting curled petals and/or tones of color, a really intriguing seed mix! Our customers loved these delightful blooms, kids liked them also, we often combined ‘Oklahoma Pink’ and ‘Scarlet’ for a surprisingly cheerful mix! Flowers held a long time on the plants; Lots of long stem flowers on each plant, withstands winds/rain with support better than larger type blooms, dependable; Very striking with good stem length; Long lasting in vase, cute; Healthy plants with long stems; Less prone to melt down and weak neck than larger zinnias, gives great texture in bouquets when used with large zinnias or lisianthus; People and hummingbirds like zinnias; About a week earlier than the ‘Giants’, attractive small flower.
Flowers are too small (4); Color not uniform, some flowers were more orange than red (2); None; Not much different than other OK’s I grown, scarlet got marred by rain; WAAAAAAY too short, and the flower heads are useless to us for the way we sell zinnias- by the stem….couldn’t ask as much for them, therefore I won’t grow them again; Diameter of blooms was not uniform, number of petal layers also varied, seemed to go down with each cut; All had to be sprayed for fungus, due to our very rainy summer; Unattractive white spots appeared on some flowers against the bright background, may have been caused by insect damage or from dew; Hard to get a really long stem when cutting; Mildew; Standard zinnia problems, weak neck, barely acceptable vase life, not enough of the nice big really double flowers, we would not choose to grow these zinnias again; Sensitive to our high EC water; Plants tall but usable stems shorter than the ‘Giants’; Size of blooms varied greatly, some singles, not as prolific as others in the Benary series.
None listed by respondents.
‘Oklahoma Scarlet’ benefits from the addition of a floral preservative; Cooler temps!; Remove about 1/3 of leaves (lower ones); Surface sterilize stems in a 10% bleach solution, we don’t use floral preservative with zinnias, we avoid keeping them in the cooler.
|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)|
|Range of Responses||1-52||10-24||1-4||2-5||2-5||1-5||2-5||42-252||7-10|
(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