Ball FloraPlant’s AngelMist series now offers three trailing/spreading varieties in Basket White, Basket Purple and Basket Pink. They offer excellent vigor and stress tolerance in extreme conditions, including wet, heat and humidity.
Dragon Wing begonias from PanAmerican Seed offer outstanding heat tolerance, as well as unusually strong performance in cool conditions. With a unique arching, pendulous habit, they offer a dramatically different look from standard begonias.
Sakata’s Emperor begonias offer extra large blooms on full, vigorous plants. They are nearly maintenance free, perform well in high heat and rebloom quickly to provide constant color.
Fortune begonias provide an abundance of large, boldly colored flowers through the season and grow quickly to fill baskets. This series from Sakata features shorter flower stems than other tuberous begonias and stays more compact.
Goldsmith’s Go Go tuberous begonias produce eye-catching baskets with extra-large showy blooms. Growers benefit from a more refined leaf habit, sturdy stems and strong branching structure, which reduce damage during shipping.
Benary’s Illumination begonias feature a vigorous, cascading habit that’s ideal for a premium program. Colors include: Apricot, Orange, Rose, Salmon Pink and White.
Recognized as GG’s Editor’s Choice in 2006, the Nonstop Mocca begonias are the dark-foliaged companion to the Nonstops. Dark chocolate foliage creates a striking contrast with five vibrant colors: Deep Orange, Orange, Scarlet, Yellow and White.
Dömmen’s Olympic hiemalis begonias offer great garden performance for shade and can withstand high temperatures and dry weather. Flowers stay tight while plants ship to retailers.
New to Paul Ecke Ranch from the Oglevee line, Solenia hiemalis begonias love summer. They boast great foliage, form and fantastic flowers.
Floranova’s Stara begonias have a well-branched, spreading habit that’s ideal for groundcover and baskets. Bred for superb heat and drought tolerance, Staras have outperformed the competition in some of the world’s toughest trial grounds.
The Cabarets from Ball FloraPlant are highly programmable and flower early under short days for early-season sales and are also ideal to extend sales into autumn. Plants fill in fast and full with good branching and foliage stays dark green at higher pH levels.
Cohen is offering the Celebration calibrachoa series bred by Westhoff. Twenty colors make up this comprehensive line.
‘Colorburst Melon’ is a striking addition to this calibrachoa line bred by Sakata and offered through Paul Ecke Ranch. It’s early to flower, has a mounding habit and great garden performance. Try mixing it with ‘Colorburst Chocolate’ for a striking combo.
Bred by Selecta, ‘MiniFamous Double Pink’ is the first double-flowered calibrachoa and the winner of GG’s Industry’s Choice award for 2006. It will flower all summer long with the rest of the MiniFamous series.
Bred by Danziger and offered by GroLink, Noa calibrachoas will flower under short days and need only 10 hours of light, which allows growers to get their product to market first and get more turns in the spring. Flowers open first thing in the morning for better retail sales.
GroLink has added the bold ‘Rhinos Orange’ to its Belgian Mum collection. While a 10-inch pot will retail for about $8, a basket will bring in $25. Belgian Mums’ mounding habit make them ideal for baskets.
While coleus has not been a traditional basket plant, coleus ‘Burgundy Wedding Train’ fits with its small leaves and trailing habit. Produced by Paul Ecke Ranch, it offers great performance throughout the summer and nice habit and form overall.
Devotion diascia from S&G Flowers are a terrific early-season basket item ideal for cool seasons and economical low-energy consumption. Plants are also more heat tolerant than other diascia, providing three full seasons of color that won’t fade in heat or high light.
Windchimes from Bodger Botanicals are the next generation of fuchsias for baskets. Benefits include early flowering, improved shipability, heat tolerance and a multitude of flowers in six colors.
‘Pink Blizzard,’ an ivy geranium from Fischer, boasts a continuous supply of self-cleaning flowers all season long and non-stop color with very little maintenance. Early sprays of Florel are encouraged for great branching.
‘Global Red Peppermint ‘ is a striking bicolor that has been recognized as a FloraStar winner for its fantastic form and performance for baskets. It’s one of the Global ivy geraniums bred by Oglevee and offered through Paul Ecke Ranch.
‘Stardom Salmon’ is a versatile variety for pots and baskets. This geranium with star-shaped flowers was bred by Oglevee and is offered through Paul Ecke Ranch.
Summertime ivy geraniums from Floranova feature short internodes that fit industrial production. Plants finish before they cascade, minimizing tangling with other plants.
Bodger’s Envoy impatiens feature extra vigor and flower size, making them a great choice for premium baskets and patio pots. Peach Butterfly has been a consumer favorite. Cherry flaunts large, electric pink flowers.
Fanciful semi-double impatiens from PanAmerican Seed are showy in baskets with frilly, multi-petaled flowers in six colors and four mixtures. Habits and timing are uniform across the series. Excellent branching fills out baskets well.
Ball FloraPlant’s Fanfare spreading impatiens perform in sun or shade. They’re the “go anywhere” impatiens for hanging baskets. With a mounding, spreading habit, Fanfare fills baskets fast. No pinching and few plant growth regulators are needed.
Ball Seed’s ShowStopper impatiens are large and vigorous and make great baskets. Two-inch blooms are available in 16 colors and a mixture.
S&G Flowers’ vegetative Spellbound impatiens have an ideal basket habit. Easy to grow, Spellbounds require no pinch and cascade up to two feet, providing a full show of color all season long. Lateral branching fills baskets quickly. These impatiens perform in sun and shade.
Xtreme impatiens from Goldsmith have stacked internodes, a trait that’s perfect for producing picture perfect baskets. Plants branch low and are vigorous enough to handle a variety of extreme growing challenges. More branching means more blooms.
Fischer’s lobelia ‘Techno Blue’ offers an abundance of brilliant blue flowers that cover the plant. Growers can count on early flowering and great branching from the entire Techno line. Plants should be pinched seven to 10 days after transplanting a rooted plug to obtain the best growth habit.
The Graffiti pentas series from Benary is the gem of the garden and a beauty in baskets. Vibrant, star-shaped flowers form tight clusters of eye-catching color. Thriving in the hottest conditions, Graffiti offers bright splashes of color all summer long and attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.
Bodger Botanicals’ Blanket petunias fill out large baskets effortlessly with their vigorous, mounding/trailing habit. Hundreds of nickel-sized flowers produce a spectacular show in Pink, Salmon, Purple and White. They are heat tolerant, making them a great choice for late-season sales.
Bred by Danziger and offered through Paul Ecke Ranch, ‘Calitunia Purple’ is a cross between petunia and calibrachoa. Plants are less sensitive to yellowing and leaves do not burn up as easily when conditions get dry.
PanAmerican Seed’s Easy Wave petunias flower under short days for early-season sales and easy-to-produce baskets. Plants tolerate both heat and cooler conditions and offer season-long performance. Available in eight colors and five mixes.
Sakata’s Explorer petunias bloom under short days and feature a full plant flowering habit. Flowers have a waxy, water-repellent surface that makes them more tolerant of rain. Plants require minimal care and stay vibrant throughout the season.
Petunia ‘Famous Rose Star’ from Selecta offers hot pink flowers that are sure to turn heads. The Famous line has been selected for basket performance. Growers can expect large plants with big flowers in vibrant colors.
Grower friendly in the greenhouse, Plush petunias from S&G Flowers are super early, uniform, compact, well-branched and easy to ship. Shelf life is amazing with blooms that cover the whole plant, radiating rich color with continuous blooms.
Potunias from Dömmen were selected for an extreme-branching growth habit, so plants grow like a bubble. They mound and then trail without balding on top. Potunias are also early to bloom and were selected to perform under short days.
Goldsmith’s Ramblin’ petunias offer production ease and a mounding/trailing habit. Economical and profitable to grow, Ramblin’ is not as daylength sensitive as other trailing petunias and uses fewer plant growth regulators to finish. It can be grown like any other grandiflora petunia.
Rapide petunias from Floranova are mounded and branching to make a premium pack, container or basket. They will flower under short days and also offer impressive summer performance in heat and humidity.
‘Supertunia Raspberry Blast’ is a hot new bicolored petunia from Proven Winners. It won best new variety at the OFA Short Course in 2006 and top honors at 112 field trials throughout the United States.
Offered by Fischer and bred by Goldsmith, ‘Whispers Bright Pink’ grows into full, beautiful baskets. The grower-friendly Whispers series flowers under daylengths of 12 hours or less. Vegetative petunias are heavy feeders and require 250-300 ppm nitrogen at each irrigation.
Cohen offers 10 varieties of scaevola in shades of blue and white. ‘Brilliant’ is one of the best sellers. Plants are suitable for pots, baskets, windowboxes and groundcover. Take care when pinching to keep at least one bud, otherwise plants can become “blind.”
‘Pretty In Pink’ from Ball Seed is an attractive novelty basket item with bright green-leaved, everbearing plants that produce large, pink flowers and sweet, mid-size, deep red berries. This strawberry plant is hardy to USDA Zone 5 and is simply irresistible.
‘Yellow Moon’ is bred by Danziger and offered through GroLink. The Moon torenia series blooms early and continues to bloom all summer long, even year round in moderate climates. This series will tolerate temperatures of 95ËšF if shaded and can be enjoyed indoors if kept in a high-light area.
‘Corsage Peach’ from Cohen is a unique, double-flowered verbena that is also available in Red. Plants have a hanging habit, broad green foliage and medium flower clusters. Pinch once when rooting is completed and again after planting is established.
Selecta’s ‘Fuego Pink’ has vibrant, large flowers and is a perfect addition to mixed baskets. All Fuego verbenas have large flowers with brilliant colors and excellent outdoor performance.
Double Delight from Proven Winners mixes two petunias, ‘Surfinia Sky Blue’ and ‘Supertunia Mini Rose Veined.’ The result is beautiful light blue with smaller pink accents.
Fides has come up with a yellow combo that’s ideal for fall or Easter. Angelart nemesia and Margarita osteospermum are combined in shades of Lemon.
Fragrant Cloud is a beautiful blue combination basket from Proven Winners. Components include Supertunia petunias Mini Blue Veined and Royal Velvet with verbena ‘Superbena Large Lilac Blue.’
Good Karma is a striking combination from Proven Winners in high-contrast primary colors. Components include osteospermum ‘Lemon Symphony,’ petunia ‘Surfinia Baby Red’ and verbena ‘Superbena Dark Blue.’
For Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, Fides has created a pink combo. Components include New Guinea impatiens ‘Tamarinda Purple Bicolor,’ geranium ‘Summer Idols Pink’ and osteospermum ‘Margarita Pink Bicolor.’ The main advantage is that all three varieties require little plant growth regulator or none at all.
For special celebrations, like Memorial Day and Independence Day, Fides has created a patriotic combination in red, white and blue. Components include geranium ‘Summer Idols Red,’ a white ivy geranium and petunia ‘Fortunia Purple Picotee.’ All plants could be grown together from the beginning for better blending and pinching is normally not necessary.