2012 Viola Trial is Planted!

March 20, 2012

The 2012 Viola Trial has been planted in the recently-installed beds to the south of the main OPGC building and greenhouses. This trial explores the adaptability of commercial pansies and some Viola tricolor accessions to the harsher conditions of the summer. Data on flowering response, abundance and duration is recorded to determine the material that performs best in the latter part of the growing season for pansies. The goal is to assess the variation in heat tolerance and its subsequet behavior - such as heritability. The ultimate desire is to identify Viola germplasm that exhhibits  broad environmental adaptabiligy. This is a multi-year ongoing project to identify environmental adaptability traits in this priority genus of the OPGC.