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The ASCFG National Cut Flower Trials are recognized as the only national cut flower evaluations in the United States. Growers in all zones test new annual, perennial, bulb, and woody cut flower for hardiness, yield, stem length and marketability. Breeders and suppliers rely on these Trials as an integral part of their cultivar development and evaluation process. Data are compiled by Dr. John Dole at North Carolina State University, where postharvest testing is also done. Find complete trial information at the NCSU site.

The results of each year's Trials are published in the Winter issue of The Cut Flower Quarterly. Back issues of the Quarterly are posted in the Members Only section of this web site. If you're not yet an ASCFG member, we're happy to send you a copy of this issue.

How Long Have the ASCFG Trials Existed?
Read a report from the 2014 International Trials Conference.

Long-term Plans


The ASCFG Trials Program Committee has recently revamped its schedule, and is looking for a few good farmers. In the coming years, we’ll not only continue our traditional seed trials, but add a single-species seed trial (we will compare all the major cut flower cultivars of one or two species at a time), a tunnel-only program (anemone and ranunculus will be the next species tested), and because that’s just not enough, a trial for herbaceous perennials as cut flowers.


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ou don’t need to participate in all these options; in fact, it’s probably better that you concentrate on only one of them. We’re looking for established, dependable growers, excellent record-keepers, and those members who will be sure to see the program through the entire growing season, from properly siting the plant material in the spring to promptly turning in data in the fall.

If you’d like to be one of the first growers to see the newest plant material coming in from the breeders, and to contribute to an important service for all cut flower growers, please participate. Contact the ASCFG at

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Instructions for Seed Trialers