Update: Sparkler Guara

bugbite(z9a FL)June 3, 2014

I was really high on the new seed - Sparkler Guaras. As they grew from seed to young plant I was impressed. But after blooming for about 2 months now my final conclusion is they rate about a "C". I will not replant anything that is lower then a "A-".
I have 150 Sparkler Guara plants in many ground and sun locations. I will admit that they are consistent, which is a plus. But they do not bush out like my other guaras (I have many others, all volunteers). They produce several lanky wanes (stems) at a time. The "wanes" are very long and produces one open flower at a time. Unlike others which can open 3 at a time producing a nice bloom cluster. So the flowers come and go without fanfare and a long wane is left. I tried cutting back with no improvement. Finally in a drastic measure I sheared a section down to about 12 inches. Will see how that turns out.
Again another acclaimed "winner" that is not a winner for me. Mine should have been a great yard for these guaras because volunteer guaras do so well in my yard.
Anyone else trying these?

This post was edited by bugbite on Tue, Jun 3, 14 at 10:34

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Well, Bob, they were a definite winner for us in Michigan, so I guess it can be somewhat attributed to your specific climate

    Bookmark   June 3, 2014 at 3:51PM
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bugbite(z9a FL)

Thanks Goblugal. That's great to hear. About what date did they achieve full glory in your garden? Would love to see your pictures to know what they can achieve. We seem to have a great climate for guaras. The rest of mine do so well. My Sparkles have produced plants like the picture provided by LSU in their trials last year. I thought perhaps that the LSU climate is a true ideal climate since the plant originated in Texas/Louisiana.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2014 at 9:44AM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

Interesting. I was going to try them but didn't get around to ordering them. Thanks for the update.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2014 at 2:23PM
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