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Horticulture Program

The Horticulture Evaluation Program was established at the Plant Materials Center in 2012 to develop new techniques for commercial plant production of horticultural crops in Alaska. These techniques for producing fruits, cut flowers, vegetables and ornamental crops will be of value to commercial plant producers and end users in Alaska. The evaluation of pesticides and their use for commercial production is also conducted.

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5310 S Bodenburg Spur
Palmer, AK 99645
Phone: 907-745-4469
Fax: 907-746-1568

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Horticulture Evaluation Program

The PMC Horticulture Program's goal in conducting these Observation Variety Trials is to determine which varieties will perform well under certain locations in Alaska. This information is valuable to public and private growers. The PMC can offer advice on crop selection, plant hardiness, cultivation and harvest techniques for an individual's region.

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Current Crop Research

  • Caneberries
  • Apple
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower

In 2014 an observation trial of primocane and floricane raspberry and blackberry varieties were planted at the PMC. Every year, these varieties will be observed for winter survivability and production qualities. Varieties are listed below:


• Boyne
• Cascade Delight
• Latham
• Nova
• SK Red Mammoth

• Autumn Britten
• Heritage
• Joan J
• Polana


• Prime Ark®
• Prime Jan
• Prime Jim

raspberry   blackberry
Malus Renetka

The Plant Materials Center dedicated an area in its fields to apple rootstock. It is fence enclosed and contains seedling and clonal rootstocks. Every year staff collects seed locally and obtains rootstocks commercially for observation. The hardiest rootstocks are selected every year to remain in the trial. New rootstocks are planted every year for new selections to be made.

Growing Asparagus

Multiple asparagus variety evaluation trials are being conducted by the PMC.

2013 trial planting: A small plot of asparagus varieties were planted and are being observed each year. Varieties are listed below:

• Guelph Millennium
• Jersey Knight
• Jersey Supreme
• Purple Passion

2014 trial planting: Three plots were established through Specialty Crop Grant funding, one at the PMC, one on the Kenai Peninsula and one in the Interior. Varieties are listed below:

• Guelph Millennium
• Mondeo
• Jersey Knight
• Jersey Supreme
• Jersey Gem
• Jersey Giant
• Porthos (NJ 1025)
• Sequoia (NJ 1113)
• NJ 1122
• Del Monte 361
• UC 157
• Purple Passion
• Pacific Purple

Growing Broccoli

In 2014 the PMC conducted a demonstration trial of broccoli varieties. The trials will continue to determine marketable yields from the same varieties. Varieties are listed below:
• Arcadia
• Belstar
• Blue Wind
• Bonanza
• Coronado Crown
• Diplomat
• Green King
• Green Magic
• Packman
• Waltham #29

Broccoli Variety Trial Report, 2014
Broccoli Variety Trial Report, 2015

In 2015 the PMC will conduct a demonstration trial of cauliflower varieties with growers throughout the state. The trial is funded by Specialty Crop Grant funding. Varieties are listed below:
• Amazing
• Attribute
• Baldo
• Bishop
• Bos 92126
• Candid Charm
• Casper
• Celeritas
• Cielo Blanco
• Denali
• Early White
• Freedom
• Minuteman
• Ravella
• Skywalker
• Snow Crown
• Snowball Self Blanching
• SnowBall Y
• Symphony
• Synergy
• Titan
• Venus

• Purple of Sicily
• Violetta Italia
• Graffiti

• Cheddar
• Sunset
• Orange Burst

• Vitaverde
• Green Macerata
• Mount Verde
• Panther

• Veronica
• 26-70
• Orbit


Additional Reports

Garlic Variety Trial Report, 2015
You may also search our online database for additional publications.

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