Vote for your favorite among this year’s new variety introductions (Annuals, Perennials, Edibles and Best of the Rest)
Voting is now open for Greenhouse Grower’s 2015 Readers’ Choice Award!
It’s time for you, our readers, to decide which variety is picked as the best new introduction in 2015. Breeders and plant introducers have entered their best varieties by category, and the winners will advance as finalists to face off to win the Readers’ Choice Award. Categories are Annuals, Perennials, Edibles and the Best of the Rest. Finalists will be announced in June, and the Readers’ Choice winner will be announced July 13 at Greenhouse Growers’ prestigious Evening of Excellence reception at Cultivate’15 in Columbus, Ohio.
The voting schedule is as follows:
Annuals – May 22 to May 28 (closes at 12 a.m. EST)
Perennials – May 29 to June 4 (closes at 12 a.m. EST)
Edibles – No entries
Best of the Rest – June 5 to June 11 (closes at 12 a.m. EST)
Finalists – June 12 to June 19 (closes at 12 a.m. EST)
Finalists – June 20 to June 26 (closes at 12 a.m. EST)
Vote for your favorite among this year’s new annual introductions.
Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this page to view photos and descriptions of all four contenders in the annuals category. One vote per person, please.
More About The Medal Of Excellence Awards
In Greenhouse Grower’s Medal Of Excellence Awards tradition, three awards are presented for breeding:
The Readers’ Choice Award is voted on by our readers, who vote both online and at the AmericanHort Cultivate’15 in July. Breeders submit their top plants for consideration for this award.
The Industry’s Choice Award is selected by a panel of industry members who attend Spring trials and saw introductions in person.
The Editor’s Choice Award is chosen by Greenhouse Grower Editor Laura Drotleff.
Winners of all three awards, along with awards for Medal of Excellence In Marketing and Industry Achievement, will be announced July 13 at the Evening Of Excellence reception at Cultivate’15 in Columbus, Ohio. Please plan to join us!
Bidens BeeDance Series (Suntory Flowers)
Colors: Painted Red, Red Stripe
Uses: Bedding, hanging baskets, planters, window boxes, combinations
Plant Habit: Mounded, spreading
Crop Time: 5 to 7 weeks from liner to 4-inch pot
BeeDance varieties have dense branching and short internodes that create a manageable growth habit with a high flower count that mixes well in combinations. Plants are sterile and do not set seed, but still attract bees with pollen. BeeDance also is early flowering and flowers continuously through the seasons. Painted Red, which won the Innovation Award at the IPM Essen show in Germany, has petals that are half red-orange and half yellow, becoming redder in cooler conditions. Red Stripe has yellow flowers with unique red stripes on each petal.
Celosia ‘Dragon’s Breath’ (Sakata Ornamentals)
Uses: Containers, landscape
Plant Habit: Upright
Crop Time: 14 to 15 weeks, sow to finish
‘Dragon’s Breath’ is a stunning celosia that produces an abundance of vibrant red foliage and brilliant red plume flowers. It performs well under hot and humid conditions and makes a serious statement in both mixed containers and fall landscapes. It is an extra-large, late-flowering variety and creates fall-flowering plumes of color.
Dianthus Jolt Series (PanAmerican Seed)
Colors: Pink, Cherry
Uses: Premium containers and landscape
Plant Habit: Upright
Crop Time: Plug crop time: 4 to 5 weeks; transplant to finish: 12 to 14 weeks (late spring through autumn); 14 to 18 weeks (winter finish)
Summer landscapes and garden beds get a surge of all-season performance and electrifying color with the new Jolt series of interspecific dianthus. A heat-tolerant dianthus, the Jolt series is highly durable with few disease issues, and it continues to flower without setting seed. It is grower friendly and well-branched, requiring little to no PGRs. An All-America Selections winner, Jolt is available in Cherry and Pink. It is ideal for summer premium quart, gallon and larger containers for maximum impact.
Gerbera Hello! Series (Proven Winners)
Colors: Hello! Magentamen, Hello! Miss Scarlet, Hello! Pumpkin and Hello! Sunshine
Uses: Landscapes, large containers
Crop Time: One liner per 1 gallon (royale), 8 to 10 weeks production time
The Hello! Gerbera series offers plants that never stop blooming with phenomenal in-ground landscape performance all summer long. These premium, cut-flower annuals will constantly send up flowers throughout the spring and summer that are vase-worthy with tall, strong stems. Each plant will reach a height of 12- to 20-inches with a spread of 10- to 14-inches. In fact, the plants that are used for cut flowers will actually have more blooms in total for the season. Hello! Gerberas are heat and humidity tolerant, and are available in four outstanding colors.
Salvia splendens Grandstand Series (Green Fuse Botanicals)
Colors: Red, Purple, Lavender
Uses: Garden, containers and mixed containers
Habit: Height: 12 to 18 inches, width: 12 to 14 inches
Crop Time: 6 to 8 weeks (from 72-cell liner) for 6-inch pot/1 plant per pot, 8 to 10 weeks (from 72-cell liner) for 8-inch pot/3 plants per pot
Salvia Grandstand is a superb series ideally suited for 8-inch and larger containers. Grandstands are a true breeding breakthrough for their continuous flowering until autumn frost. Expect highly branched plants and extra larger flowers that create tremendous color in the landscape. The series has three colors: Red, Purple and Lavender. Two additional colors will be available as pre-introductions: Blue Bicolor and Salmon.