Danziger Chrysanthemum Named Best in Show in SAF Outstanding Varieties Competition
Held in conjunction with the organization’s 136th annual convention in Orlando, the Society of American Florists presented its Outstanding Varieties Competition.
‘Amor Candy’ from Danziger, a deep-pink daisy chrysanthemum with a perky lime green center, earned Best in Show. It was among 146 entries from 24 growers.
“The first thing you notice is its intense color,” said Jim DelPrince, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, associate Extension professor at Mississippi State University. “The rays are a red-violet, and the disks are a yellow-green. These are direct opposites on the color wheel, which gives a very strong presentation.”
Additionally, he notes, the chrysanthemum was very floriferous and boasted long laterals. “Those traits make it easy to use in a vase, foam, wire mesh, chicken wire, coconut coir and rockwall base,” he says. “There’s so many reasons this entry was head and shoulders above the rest.”
Judges scored each entry based on color and commercial appeal, stem and foliage, bloom form and size, and overall presentation.
For more information about SAF and its Outstanding Varieties Competition, go to www.safnow.org.