This summer, the Commercial Flower Growers of Wisconsin hosted the largest display of impatiens in the Midwest here in our display gardens. 179 cultivars of SunPatiens and New Guinea Impatiens were transplanted June 1st and evaluated once a month, for three months, and rated 1-5 on foliage, blooms, pest and weather resistance, width and height and overall aesthetics. Most SunPatiens filled their space and were spectacular all summer while there was quite a range in vigor and sun tolerance among the New Guinea Impatiens. Click on the link below to see the overall results.
In 2016, the Commercial Flower Growers of Wisconsin selected over 150 ornamental flowers for evaluation in the Display Gardens. The results of monthly and overall ratings are posted here:
The 2013 season is over and the results of our annual flower trials have been compiled. This year we conducted evaluations on 182 flower cultivars in our general trial and an additional 85 cultivars within our CFGW (Commercial Flower Growers of Wisconsin) trial. Starting in July we conducted evaluations a total of three times, approximately one month apart. This data is used by seed companies, commercial greenhouse growers, and the public to better select varieties that will succeed in our region of the world. We thank all participants including student evaluators Deanna Delfosse and Rachel Peters.
The 2013 season will soon be upon us and looking back on last years field trials I am hoping for moisture. We have taken some time to review last years field conditions and the outcome of the Vegetable Trials. Please visit the following link which includes a review of the 2012 season and an overview of top performing veggies.
The study of organic fungicides on powdery mildew went very well this year. In spite of the difficult weather conditions this year posed, the plants grew well and we were able to obtain very clear data. This years data was consistent with the data from 2011 which shows that we are the right track in determining the effectiveness of organic fungicides on powdery mildew that the cut-flower growers will be able to utilize. Along with this trial, there was a new element to this study. We looked at the effectiveness of cranberry leaves as a mulch. With two depths tested, along with a control, we were also able to see very clear results in how well cranberry leaves are able to suppress the growth of both grass-type weeds and broadleaf weeds. This study showed great promise this year and we are excited to continue to watch the results in 2013.
Each year we trial annual fruits and vegetables. We evaluate new and old varieties side by side. During the season we make careful notation of flowering dates, fruit set dates, and first ripe fruits. In addition we evaluate plant habit, health, insect pressure, and taste. Our goal is to find out what varieties do best under our weather conditions here in Wisconsin.
Our data is used by both the home and market gardener to determine what to grow.
This years evaluations include a brief summary of weather conditions here at the station.
This year our flower trials included 388 cultivars of annual flowers. Three times during the season (Jul. 7, Aug. 6, and Sept. 10) we make careful evaluations of each. We look to evaluate the seed companies claims about the plant. We note consistency of size, habit, flowering, and color. We also note disease issues, insect pressure, and weather tolerance.Our evaluations are compiled with weather data and provided to the individual companies as well as the public.
In addition to our general trials we conduct a specific trial for the CFGW (Commercial Flower Growers of Wisconsin). With their financial support we trial up to 130 cultivars of one or two types of flowers a year. This year we conducted evaluations on sun loving impatiens and osteospermum. The goal of the trial is to provide this industry group a better understanding of which varieties thrive in conditions here in Wisconsin. This data helps Wisconsin growers provide consumers with varities better suited to our climate and soils.
Follow the links to this years annual flower evaluations:
Follow this link to the 2011 Vegetable Evaluations: 2011 Vegetable Evaluations
This summer we trial hundreds of annual flowers. Those annuals that we evaluated are listed on the two sheets you will find below. The sheet labeled Commercial Flower Growers is the rating for over 50 different petunias that have been produced through vegetative propagation rather than seed.
We trialed these petunias for the commercial growers in Wisconsin so that they could could determine the best petunias to sell for the 2012 growing season. Many of the petunias preformed very well and given our highest rating….5.
We also trialed seed propagated annual flowers for many different companies. The results are listed as Annual Flower Evaluations. Enjoy reading the evaluations and we hope the evaluations help you choose next years summer annuals.
General Flower Trial Evaluations
- Annual Flwr Eval 2011WP Ball FloraPlant
- Annual Flwr Eval 2011WP Ball Seed
- Annual Flwr Eval 2011WP Grimes
- Annual Flwr Eval 2011WP Burpee
- Annual Flwr Eval 2011WP Harris Seeds
- Annual Flwr Eval 2011WP Johnny’s
- Annual Flwr Eval 2011WP Kieft
- Annual Flwr Eval 2011WP PanAmerican Seeds
- Annual Flwr Eval 2011WP Proven Winners
- Annual Flwr Eval 2011WP Seedway
- Annual Flwr Eval 2011WP Syngenta
Each year we evaluate a large selection of vegetables varieties in our trial gardens. A Power Point presentation has been developed that was given at Garden Expo in Madison. The presentation covers most vegetables you might wish to grow in your gardens.
This presentation is attached below so that you may review the selections and choose those that are of interest to you. Descriptions and seed sources can be found on-line for the majority of the seeds, or check your local garden center for plants.
Those varieties that are in bold and underlined are ones we either new to the trial this year and found to be outstanding performers, or are varieties that we have trialed for several years and found to be the best overall selections.
Varieties that are not in bold or underlined are very good performers from past years trials and will perform well in Wisconsin gardens.
Have fun, good luck growing the varieties we have listed if you so choose, and have fun eating these great treats.