Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
During 2009 new plant trials were held all over the country at various locations. Among the outstanding new varieties were a number of euphorbias that will be of interest to succulent lovers. Here are details on some of those.
C. Raker and Sons in Litchfield, Michigan conducts various plant trials each year. During the 2009 trials they conducted side-by-side comparisons of similar varieties in order to test plant performance. Among their top performs was Hip Hop Euphorbia.
At the Ohio State University trials in Columbus, Euphorbia White Manaus was among the top performers. Trials also took place at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Trial Program. Ranked among the best of the new varieties was Euphorbia White Manaus. It was also among the best overall performer as well. The trial also has a special category called Flameproof Award Winners. Based on its other many awards, it should come as no surprise that Euphorbia White Manaus was among the seven that received this special honor. This was singled out because it thrived on hundred-degree days and showed no ill effects.
This was also one of the top picks at the Mississippi State University’s Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station located in Crystal Springs.
Several of the euphorbias were among the best performers at the Ohio State University Springfield trials. Euphorbia Diamond Frost was chosen as one of the best performers along with Euphorbia Breathless Blush and Breathless White.
At the 2009 California Pack Trials a number of new varieties were introduced. As part of its coverage of the event, Greenhouse Grower magazine polled its panel of experts. Among the top picks by these experts was Euphorbia Breathless Blush. It was selected by almost half of the participants as their favorite.
In Canada at Hole’s Greenhouses and Gardens in St. Albert, Alberta, one of the best performers was Euphorbia Breathless Blush. It was also chosen as one of the best performers by the Louisiana State University AgCenter at the Hammond Research Station trials in Hammond.
Penn State University held plant trials at its Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Manheim. This is referred to as the Landisville trial. One of the best performers was the Euphorbia Breathless Blush.
The Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton held plant trials. The winners in the Best Performers category was Euphorbia Breathless Blush.