Dianthus ‘Sweet White’
Year Trialed: 2004
Year of Trial: First (from 2004 report)
Great color (2): Easy to grow (2); Uniform growing habit, strong stems; Lasted long time infield and in cooler; Good for bouquets, nice dark foliage, quick to produce; Initial spike was very strong with a globular shape – almost perfectly round, nice old spice fragrance, strong growth; Very productive; Was started and planted in field the same time as ‘Amazon Neon’ dianthus and it bloomed 2 weeks earlier than the Amazon, this was a nice clean white Dianthus; Germinated great; Great fragrance; In the tunnel, early, similar to ‘Sweet Purple’, second flush in fall, but short (Zone 5), color nice contrast to others in series, and to ‘Neon’; Outside, similar to other Sweet series in earliness and height and productivity, color unique to this series so far; Strong stems, doesn’t need support net, nice compact clump of bright white flowers, no fragrance, I am hoping this overwinters and has more stems next year; Fragrance, multiple stems produced during flowering season.
: Too short (2); Some mildew but did not treat; Secondary stems a little weaker than the king flower, but still very good quality and not so tightly round as the initial spike; They weren’t as big and beefy as the ‘Amazon Neon’ but were still nice, not really a problem, just information; Blister beetles ravaged the flowers, picture is on www.hightunnels.org, Sevin controlled the beetles, had to spray twice in August; Thin stems in the tunnel; Outside, height compared to Amazons; Blossoms browned easily; Sometimes the flowers were pink rather than white; this cultivar was not as floriferous as red and purple; this cultivar had shorter stems than the red and purple cultivars; secondary stems are sometimes weak.
Did not use any postharvesting – cut into plain water; 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.
|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||1-8||8-28||3-4||3-5||1-5||1-5||2-5||16-216||7-11|
(1) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.
P.O. Box 438
West Chicago, IL 60186