Scoop Scabiosa, Focal Scoop and Bon Bon Scoop bred by Danziger of Israel have revolutionized the use of Scabiosa as a cut flower. These vegetatively propagated, patented varieties bloom on long, elegant stems topped with lavish heads that evoke ice cream scoops in a fantasy sweet shop.
Farmer Bailey introduced small and medium-sized US growers to Danziger's extraordinary Scoop Scabiosa series in 2016, providing an opportunity for smaller flower farmers to access superior genetics that had previously only been available to the largest growers.
Farmers, florists, customers and even honeybees are buzzing about Scoops. The only complaint we hear from our farmer customers is that Scoop Scabiosa plants are almost too productive to keep up with, requiring daily harvesting. A well-grown plant can yield 20-30 stems.
In this video, Farmer Bailey shares cultural tips on growing Danziger's Scoop Scabiosa; Focal Scoop; Hoop Scoop; Veronica Skyler; Hypericum Globo; Caryopteris Pagoda; Gypsophia XLence, Million and MyPink series; and Solidago Glory from plugs.
Bailey also discusses why flower farmers should consider Gibberellic acid. Gibberellic acids are organic, naturally occurring plant hormones that can stimulate germination, increase stem length, and initiate flowering in many cut flower crops. Many Danziger crops, like Gypsophila, benefit from application of Gibberellic acid.
See Bailey's Growing Guides for more cultural information, and stay tuned for more Growing Guides to come!