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2001 Paul Barlow


Novelty Reports 1996/97

Novelties are new cultivars in their first and second year after release. Our reports cover Early disbud and spray cultivars.


REPORTS ON EARLY FLOWERING NOVELTIES

RELEASED IN 1996 AND 1997

Information in these pages is based on reports
from
growers in Scotland.

Contributors of information:

A - Aberdeen D - Dundee F - Fraserburgh Fr - Forfar  G - Grangemouth

1997 was not a particularly good year for chrysanthemums. The scarcity of novelty reports is a reflection of the poor season combined the absence of good quality introductions. It is sadly something we may have to come to terms with following the closure of Rileys Nuseries; their rate of production for new cultivars will perhaps never be equalled. However we do have reports for some first and second year novelties, supplemented this year with details (following another very successful Perth Late Show) of some of the popular late flowering cultivars. Star of the year was clearly Primrose Rachel Knowles, and with a new yellow sport due out in 1998 things look quite promising for those who grow the large early disbuds.


REFLEXED CULTIVARS - Sections 14 and 24

Louise Park, 24a, Purple (H. Cook) Fr
Bought in plants stopped 23rd March and grown 2 blooms per plant. This cultivar flowered late, around 1st October. Plants appx 3ft 6in, plant health and foliage OK but blooms very rough. Will not be grown again.

Colossus, 24a, Purple ( Riley) Fr
Rooted late December and stopped 10th March. Flowered 2 up for end August onwards. Plants about 4ft tall with good health, habit and foliage. Early blooms proved to be the best, will grow again

Agnes Catlin, 24a, Light Pink (Woolman) Fr
Bought in plants stopped 23rd March and grown 2 blooms per plant. This cultivar flowered late, around 1st October. Plants appx 4ft , plant health and foliage OK but blooms very rough - described by this reporter as have the qualities of a large exhibition! Will not be grown again.

Yellow Dorridge Crystal, 24a, Yellow (H Walker) Fr
Fresh stock bought in for 1997 season, plants stopped 23rd March and grown 2 blooms per plant. This cultivar flowered around mid September. Plants were very short, only reaching 2ft 3", plant health and foliage OK but blooms, like the plant height, far t oo small. Will not be grown again.

Suzanne Marie, 24a, Deep Pink (Riley) F
Bought in plants received 13th February and stopped 20th March. Grown two up, plants reached about 3ft and produced blooms for mid September. While the stems were considered strong, health was suspect and foliage pitted. Bloom colour was good but form was rough, considered too small for the 'a' classification. Will not be grown again.

Fulfen, 24b, Pink (J Neville) A(2)/D
Bought in plants received end January/early February and stopped end March to mid Ap ril. The better plants reached 4ft in height, the poor ones appeared stunted and reached no higher than 2ft 6". Blooms were very small and some damping reported soon after the first petals started to reflex. Obviously requires stock selection, however on ly one of our reporters is considering giving it a second chance.

Amber Matlock, 24b, Bronze (A Godson) D
Bought in plants received at the end of January and stopped 11th April. Flowered two up, plants reached about 4ft and produced blooms at the end of August through early September. Good plants, good blooms, good colour and very little dressing reported by this enthusiastic contributor. Will be grown again .

Scottie, 24b, Red (Riley ) D
Plants received from Woolmans at end Januaryand stopped 30th March. This cultivar flowered late, towards the end of September. Two blooms per plant and quite tall at 5ft 6". Leaf count is very low and the blooms took a long time to develop. The resulting bloom was considered to be quite neat requiring little dressing. This grower is undecided whether to try again.

Satin Venice, 24b, Light Pink (Riley ) Ds
Plants received mid February and stopped 30th March. This cultivar flowered late, towards the end of September. Two blooms per plant and quite tall at 5ft 6" with good leaves. The resulting blooms stood up well to the conditions of 1997 with no damping re ported. Will be grown again.

Wembley, 24b, Red (Riley) F(2)
Two reports from Fraserburgh confirm the exhibition potential of this 1996 novelty. Rooted 21st December through to first week in January and stopped in the first week of April. Easily managed at about 3ft 6" to 4ft. Grown two up, blooms were available end August to first week in September. Good health and habit , although one grower reported bent stems below the bud which appeared to straighten as the flower developed. Both reporters will grow again in 1998.


INCURVED AND INTERMEDIATE CULTIVARS - Sections 13/23 and 15/25

Lynn Johnson, 15a, White (M Johnson) Fr
Bought in plants stopped 16th March and grown 2 blooms per pl ant. This cultivar flowered late, around 6th October, confirming the October classification for this cultivar. Plant height can be a problem, exceeding 6ft but health and foliage OK with a good strong stem. Will be grown again from an earlier root and st op.

Gold Chessington, 25a, Deep Yellow (G Barclay) F
Bought in plants received 13th February and stopped 20th March. Grown two up, plants reached about 5ft and produced blooms for mid September. Stems were considered to be weak compared with other Chessingtons, health was good and foliage on the small side. Plants budded up early consequently bloom size was small. Prepared to try a few plants in 1998.

Primrose Rachel Knowles, 25a, Light Yellow (Oldham) A/G
Receied from the raiser during February and March and stopped very soon after - 2nd week March and end March. Grown 2 up, plants reached 5-6ft. Flowered from mid to end September. Very straight, strong laterals with small foliage, no health problems. Thi s one may prove to be the best of the Rachel Knowles family. Both reporters will grow again in 1998.

Yellow Swalwell, 25b, Yellow (Horn) D
Plants received from Don Horn early February and stopped 30th March. A short grower, 3-3ft 6". Flowered two blooms per plant for end September shows. Good habit, uniform height and good bloom form. Will be grown again.

Geordie, 25b, Deep Yellow (Riley) D
Rooted early in January and stopped 30th March. Blooms were ready from end August to early September. Plant height around 4ft and grown two up . Blooms considered to be smaller than last year with form slightly square. Verdict is good colour but lacking form - unsure whether to grow again.

Woolley Globe, 25b, White (Riley) A/F(2)
Rooted third week in December through to early January and stopped third week in March through to 1st April. Plants reached 4ft 6" to 5ft and all growers flowered two blooms per plant. All reports indicate good health and foliage with strong stems. Two gr owers report some roughness in the lower petals, nevertheless two of the three reporters will grow again in 1998.

STOP PRESS
One grower received by mistake what appears now to be Felicity, a 1998 introduction from Woolmans. This bronze intermediate, 15B, flowered at the end of October and was very large for the medium classification. The form was the open intermediate style and the cultivar seems to have kept good colour even in bags. It could be one to think about if you need blooms at the end of September.


SPRAY CULTIVARS - Section 29

Pennine Splash, 29d, Yellow (Woolmans) D
Received early February and stopped 11th April. Grown 3 stems per plant to produce blooms for mid to late September. Habit and health reported as excellent with good blooms that stood up well to the weather. Plant height was 4ft plus. Will be grown again.

Pennine Ritz, 29d, Purple (Woolmans) D
Received early February and stopped 11th April. Grown 3 stems per plant to produce blooms for early to mid September. Habit and health reported as excellent with good blooms that stood up well to the weather. Plant height was 5ft plus. Will be grown again.

Enbee Celebration, 29d, Yellow (Masters 1995) A
Rooted 17th February and stopped 12th April. Three stems per plant and an average of 8 blooms per stem. Plant height around 4ft. Easily manageable plants with good health and foliage and a substantial stem. Stock selection in the first year (only one st ool kept from the 1996 season) resulted in very good results this year. Will be grown again.

Myss Goldie, 29c, Light Bronze (Southway) F
Rooted in January and stopped 3rd week in April. Grown 3 stems per plant this cultivar produced an average of 6-7 blooms per stem for around 20th September. Plant height 3ft 6", health, foliage and stem all considered good. Blooms had good size and depth. Will be grown again.


LATES

Although not novelties a selection of reports on some of the late flowering cultivars being grown in Scotland:

William Florentine and sports,5a,
This large pink intermediate with it's bronze and golden sports is a must for those who favour the intermediate types. A versatile cultivar that can be grown on first crown from a late May/early June stop or on second crown with stops early April and early June. Three show quality blooms are easily achieved from each plant. Pot size is a minimum of 9", ideally a clay pot and be prepared to water regularly as this cultivar produces an enormous root system.

John Wingfield and sports, 14b,
As most growers of early disbuds will already know, this is a very versatile cultivar. Capable of producing blooms from end August for the early grower through to end October/early November for the late grower. Grown 2 and three up in a 9" pot this cultivar can be flowered in a cold greenhouse or even under the early covers provided it is protected with a bloom frame and a large bag. Later blooms can often prove to be bigger than the earlies due to cooler conditions and a longer growing season. Stopping date should be around end May.

Charles Tandy,5a White
A large white intermediate on a vigour ous plant. Rooting date is during the first half of February and stopping date is around 1st June in Anstruther although several weeks earlier further north in Aberdeen. This cultivar responds well to bagging and can easily be flowered in a cool greenhou se (night temperature around 50F).

Dynasty and Cherry sport, 14a, Purple
Ideally rooted in January and stopped mid April. This will produce an early bud that is then run-to produce exhibition blooms from mid October to early November. This is a vigorous cultivar which can take a heavy feed. Grown 3 blooms per plant in an 8" clay pot should give best results

Lorna Wood, 13b White
This hard petalled white incurve is catching the attention of Late growers, having been a favourite with early growers for several years now. Grown on first or second crown this cultivar will produce blooms for mid October. We're still learning with this one but there's every confidence that early November blooms can be achieved. Pot size needn't be too big, 8-8.5" is ideal. A minimum of three blooms per plant is suggested.

Gigantic and sports, 1, Bronze
Probably one of the easiest to grow of all Large Exhibition. This family does best from a rooting date in early January followed by a stop on 1st May. A vigorous cultivar that does best in a 10" pot, clay if possible. It grows equally well in soilless and soil based compost. Expect to secure buds before 10th August to obtain maximum bloom size, and as with all Japs, only one bloom per plant to ensure good size.

Jimmy Mottram, 1, Deep Salmon
An early root is required for this cultivar, last week in December is ideal. Stopping is also relatively early, around 15th April. Again 10" pots are required for this cultivar. Best results come from a ripe plant so be prepared to make them search for w ater early in the season. This cultivar will typically flower during the early part of November.


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