Report on the Agricultural Experiment Stations, 1952 Page: 43
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FLOWERS AND OTHER ORNAMENTALS 43
enterprise. Since World War II, with the great expansion of home
building, proper landscaping of the home with locally adapted ornamental
materials is being given considerable emphasis. Modern methods
of transplanting, together with mechanical equipment available
to contractors, make it possible to obtain within a few months' time
the setting of lawns, trees, ornamental shrubs, and flowers called for
in the blueprint. Increasingly, the nurserymen from whom the plant
materials are purchased and the growers from whom the enthusiast
obtains his ornamental flowers and shrubbery are relying on the specialists
at the State experiment stations for development of new cultural
and propagation methods and the breeding of new varieties.
A few recently reported results from such research follow.
Two new outdoor chrysanthemum varieties have been named and introduced
in the past year by the Minnesota station. Prairie Sunset is
the name of the first variety which bears large, double rose-pink
flowers; and Harvest Bronze, the second variety, bears double redmahogany
flowers which change to yellow as the flowers mature.
The Colorado station reports the development of four new carnation
varieties suitable for growing under glass in many parts of the
United States. The variety, Colorado Gold, has an orange-yellow
color and produces a short, compact flower, and short, sturdy stems.
The variety, Durango, is similar to Colorado Gold in general dimensions,
but has a bright crimson color. Fanfare is a deep pink and
grows somewhat taller than Colorado Gold or Durango. It has an
excellent stem for flower arrangements in vases and bowls. The
fourth variety, Serenade, is usually taller than the normal carnation.
It is medium pink and produces a medium-sized flower. The variety
is extremely vigorous and a heavy yielder when it has adequate water
Carnation Variety Honored
The carnation variety, Mrs. E. F. Guba, developed by the Massachusetts
station and described by the trade as a "spectacular variety,"
won the first prize in its color class for the second successive year at
the American Carnation Society Convention. The petals of this carnation
are of an almond color with deep pink edges and lines. The
flower is very large and full and is a remarkable keeper. It is reported
by commercial growers to be a heavy producer, with long sturdy stems.
Over the season it will produce up to 30 top-grade blooms per square
foot of bench.
For a number of years the New Jersey station has played an active
part in research on the value of liquid fertilizers for ornamental plants
in commercial production. Its findings have been adopted by commercial
interests and home owners as well. During the past year
additional work has centered on the nutrient requirements of potted
poinsettias and hydrangeas. By the use of frequent fertilizing with
small amounts of liquid nutrients favorable increases in the growth
of these two plants have been obtained. Liquid fertilizer was found
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