Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Scarlet'
Years Trialed: 2001
Nice color (5); Long flowering period (2); Interesting flower shape (2); Made a great filler early in season when field production is low; Good texture, nice shape in arrangement, long stems, lots of stems, colored leaves; Relatively pest free, uniform, doesn't need support; Customers loved it; Pods.
Aphids (2); Postharvest a challenge (4); Bleeding of stems; Sold better after pods developed and as dry, smell not liked by all; Sometimes not enough color at once - made determining when to harvest difficult; Sap can be irritating to the skin; Rust; We had poor germination but what we got produced very well and was great; Not quite as vigorous a grower as Asclepias 'Silky Deep Red', but shorter; colors not as striking; Wimpier than 'Deep Red'.
|Yield (stems/plant)||Stem Length (inches)||Market Appreciation Rating - Wholesale (1)||Market Appreciation Rating - Retail (1)||Market Appreciation Rating - Consumer (1)||Repeat Again Rating (2)||Ease of Cultivation Rating (2)||Average Spacing (in2)|
|Range of Responses||1-20||36-17.5||1-4||3-5||3-5||2-5||1-5||36-432|
(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 618
Conway, WA 98238