202 Production of Cut Flowers from Field-grown Hydrangeas

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  • 1 Dept. of Horticulture, Univ. of Kentucky Research and Education Center, Princeton, KY 42445

Cut flowers from field-grown hydrangeas are a potential alternative source of income for Kentucky growers. Early production is important to receive immediate returns of ones investment. In Spring 1998, a hydrangea cultivar trial was established at the Univ. of Kentucky Research and Education Center, Princeton. The planting consisted of 12 plants each of nine cultivars (`Annabelle', `Boskoop', `Pink Diamond', `Unique', `Kyushu', `Tardiva', `Pee Wee', `Alice', and `White Moth') allocated to 12 rows (blocks) in a randomized block design. Date of first bloom, number of inflorescence at first bloom, number of stems and their length were recorded. The cultivars `Unique', `Pink Diamond', and `Tardiva' yielded significantly more flowers with commercially desirable stem lengths (>45 cm) than did `Annabelle' and `Boskoop'. `Alice' and `White Moth' did not bloom.

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