Mississippi Medallion Plants: 2014
The Mississippi Medallion program was established in 1996 by the Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) to increase awareness of plant materials and to promote sales and production of ornamental plants in Mississippi. Compared to national campaigns such as All-America Selections and Perennial Plant of the Year, the Mississippi Medallion program focuses on plants adapted to the environment in Mississippi to benefit both consumers and the green industry.
This publication gives an introduction to the 2014 Mississippi Medallion plants and is part of a series of publications that promote awareness of these plants.
Pow Wow Wild Berry Coneflower
Characteristics: full sun, perennial, drought tolerant
For growers—For first-year flowering, seeds must be sown no later than January 25. Sow on top of thoroughly drained germination media. Seeds do not need to be covered. Maintain a germination media temperature of 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 15 days. Transplant seedlings into larger containers no later than 28 days after germination. Feed with water-soluble fertilizer as needed.
Tumbling Tom Tomatoes
Characteristics: full sun, determinate, 65 to 70 days
For growers—‘Tumbling Toms’ are grown like other tomato crops. It was selected for flavor and yield more than for ornamental value. The plant is determinate and trailing, bearing many very small fruits beginning about 65 days after transplant in Mississippi. Seeds can be sown in 72-cell or larger trays. Seedlings emerge in 5 to 8 days. Small plugs can be transplanted into 4-inch and other size containers. Seeded 72s will be ready for retail in 4 to 5 weeks in Mississippi. Like all tomatoes, these need a sound fertility program because of their rapid growth. The crop should never have wet foliage going into the night. Scout for all of the common tomato insects (aphids, thrips, whiteflies) and diseases (numerous), treating with products labeled for this edible crop as needed. ‘Tumbling Toms’ are the perfect companion plant in mixed and combination containers or baskets.
Characteristics: full-sun perennial, heat-tolerant edible
For growers—A substrate pH of 4.8 to 5.5 is required. Propagate using softwood cuttings taken in late spring from the current season’s growth or using hardwood cuttings taken during the dormant season. The propagation medium should be well drained and aerated, but it must hold adequate moisture to keep the cuttings from drying out. A good rooting media is an equal mixture of perlite and peat moss. Use mist to apply moisture and maintain humidity. Frequent, short misting intervals are recommended for best results. Keep cuttings partially shaded, and make sure they have adequate ventilation. After rooting occurs, add a dilute complete liquid fertilizer weekly. Transplant in winter into pots or nursery beds and hold for another year.
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By Dr. Gary R. Bachman, Associate Extension/Research Professor, Coastal Research and Extension Center, Dr. Geoffrey C. Denny, Assistant Extension Professor, Plant and Soil Sciences, and Dr. Eric T. Stafne, Associate Extension/Research Professor, Coastal Research and Extension Center.
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