Cut Flower Varieties: The Cutting Edge

Cut Flower Varieties: The Cutting Edge

Ball Horticultural Co.

‘Ignite’ hypericum has beautiful blooms in the summer that turn into colorful fruit in the fall and combine with dark green foliage for a unique display. Hypericum thrives in the heat with high night temperatures, humidity and full sun. ‘Ignite’ is hardy to Zone 5 and can reach a height of 3 feet.

The Katz series is a new class of matthiola (stock) that delivers a shorter crop time, uniformity in flowering with the same length and timing between colors, good color range and better heat tolerance than traditional types. The Katz series features a pleasant fragrance and good vase life. Colors include: Cherry Blossom, Light Lavender, Light Pink and White.

Kieft Seeds

The Celosia Sunday series is the first Celosia plumosa series with sufficient stem length in all colors. Developed as a greenhouse crop, it can also thrive in open-field production under the correct conditions. This series boasts long vase life and four colors.

From a three-color series of campanula medium, Campana is ideal for year-round production. With large short-stemmed flowers along tall spikes, Campanas have excellent vase life, transportability and top flowering.

Panicum ‘Frosted Explosion’ displays delicate-shaped airy sprays of green and offers a high yield percentage per plant. For both greenhouse and open field, ‘Frosted Explosion’ provides easy germination and emergence thanks to a high-quality seed.


The sister variety to Blue Glitter, the new E. planum ‘White Glitter’ can reach heights of 38 to 40 inches. ‘White Glitter’ has an abundance of white, pincushion-shaped flowers.  Dense flower spikes allow ‘White Glitter’ versatility in both the vase and the landscape.

The well-known and trusted Benary’s Giant Zinnia series has added another breathtaking color, wine. Benary’s Giant Wine has deep burgundy flower petals that resemble the color of a rich merlot wine.  Characterized by long, thick stems and a well branched habit, the Benary’s Giant Zinnias have large, 4 to 5-inch fully double flowers.

Goldsmith Seeds

Cinderella eustomas produce full bouquets of double flowers. Smaller leaves allow for excellent airflow. Cinderella is available in five colors and displays frilly blooms in a tight cluster at the top of each stem.

Opus snapdragons easily bloom for late spring, summer and early fall sales. This series features excellent flower quality, superior stem length and caliber, and long spikes with tightly spaced florets. Opus is lightly scented and is available in 14 vibrant colors and a mixture.

American Takii

Takii now offers its gomphrena in more color choices with the introduction of the Audray series. Joining Audray Bicolor Rose are Pink and Purple Red. The series can be used both for fresh and dried arrangements. The Audray series can withstand hot and humid conditions.

 New to Takii’s Sunrich Sunflower series is Lemon Summer. It flowers five to 10 days earlier and the flower shape and color are identical to ‘Sunrich Lemon.’ Lemon Summer is suitable for spring to summer cultivation with sowing under long-day conditions. Plant height for Lemon Summer is 31 to 51 inches, and 15 to 20 percent shorter than ‘Sunrich Lemon.’

Joining the existing five colors in the Arena series is III Champagne. The series features large and very double flowers on strong, sturdy stems. Arena exhibits less sensitivity to short stem length under long-day conditions and appears less sensitive to rosetting in plug cultivation. In addition to III Champagne, the series consists of: I Green, II White, III Pink, III Yellow and IV Rose.

Two new colors are being added to the single-flowered Vulcan series of lisianthus from Takii. II Champagne is a unique blend of apricot, pink and yellow tones. II Purple Picotee has a more uniform purple rim when compared to other purple picotee Lisianthus. The series also consists of II Pink Picotee and II White.

Leave a Reply

More From Varieties...
Aquaponics At Brogue Hydroponics

March 30, 2015

10 Things You Need To Know About Aquaponics

Are you curious about expanding into aquaponics? From pest control to equipment, Bob and Jesse Kilgore of Brogue Hydroponics offer 10 factors you need to consider.

Read More
Aquaponics At Brogue Hydroponics

March 30, 2015

Aquaponics Is Making A Splash At Brogue Hydroponics

The owners of Brogue Hydroponics explain why they expanded into aquaponics, and how the shift has helped them uncover a new market opportunity.

Read More

March 26, 2015

10 Greenhouse Products For First-Rate Growing Environments

From coverings to fork-lifts, greenhouse suppliers offer a variety of products to make growing easier. Check out the slideshow to learn more about these, plus several other products that can offer you value, versatility and durability.

Read More
Latest Stories

March 25, 2015

13 New Shrubs You’ll Find At The 2015 California …

Woody ornamentals serve as the foundation of many great landscapes, but beyond their traditional uses, shrubs also add color, structure, texture and interest to small gardens and even containers. Check out this slideshow to see some of the newest introductions you’ll get to see at this year’s California Spring Trials.

Read More

March 23, 2015

Update To Armitage’s Greatest Perennials & Annuals …

A new update to the Greatest Perennials & Annuals app narrows the gap between consumers and grower-retailers, while providing more of Armitage’s top picks and growing advice for success with plants.

Read More
2014 Poinsettia Season Report

March 18, 2015

Download Greenhouse Grower’s 2014 Poinsettia Seas…

Poinsettia growers report a strong year in 2014, thanks to a few conditions. Seasonal cold at just the right time put consumers in a festive mood to buy early and often, and with no big snowstorms to hold up shipments and a reduction of supply available in the market, the season was strong from start to finish. Greenhouse Grower’s 2014 Poinsettia Survey received 143 responses from growers around the country. Here, you can download the complete results of the survey, by filling out the form.

Read More
Hydrangea 'Endless Summer BloomStruck' from Bailey Nurseries

March 17, 2015

Michael Dirr Slated To Address Attendees At Hydrangeas …

Dr. Michael Dirr to deliver the keynote address at Hydrangeas 2015 conference, hosted by the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society in partnership with Endless Summer Hydrangeas. The conference will take place at the historic Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich, Mass.

Read More

March 17, 2015

16 New Blooming Potted Plants You’ll See At The 2…

Blooming potted plants are perfect gift items, and they put the finishing touch on any style of home decor. So when new varieties come on the market, growers and retailers alike take note of plants they know are going to make consumers happy. Check out the slideshow to see some of the new blooming potted plants making their debut to the trade this spring.

Read More
Salvia 'Ember's Wish'

March 11, 2015

Annual Salvias – Not Just Red Bedding Plants Anym…

Salvias are popular — and they need not all be the same. Here are a few you know well, and perhaps a few you do not. All are easy to grow and may be found through a broker or grower.

Read More
Dr Allan Armitage

March 11, 2015

Memoirs Of A Plantsman: Q & A With Allan Armitage

In light of the upcoming release of Dr. Allan Armitage's memoir, "It’s Not Just About the Hat — The Unlikely Journey of a Plantsman," Greenhouse Grower caught up with him for an in-depth Q & A about his newest work and what he’s planning next.

Read More

March 10, 2015

How To Determine When To Buy Herbaceous Perennials In V…

Exposing herbaceous perennials to cold temperatures, also known as vernalization, can yield a range of effects, especially on flowering. Beth Engle of SHS Griffin covers whether vernalized liners or unvernalized plants make the best sense for your sales windows.

Read More

March 4, 2015

California Spring Trials Preview: 32 New Perennials For…

Perennials are hot and if this preview of the 2015 California Spring Trials is any indication, there are going to be some great new perennial introductions for 2016. We contacted the breeders who will be displaying their new varieties in California in April, and they gave us a sneak peek. Check out the slideshow to see some of the new perennials making their debut to the trade this spring.

Read More
Lavandula 'Meerlo' (Sunset Western Garden Collection)

March 3, 2015

Why You Will Still Grow Today’s Big Perennial 10 Years …

What will be the next big perennial? Breeders say it takes more than a splashy plant to distinguish itself in the market. Therefore, the question is not what will be the next big perennial, but rather what perennial performs well enough in the garden to have staying power in the market for years to come.

Read More
Heuch Pink Fizz_featured

March 2, 2015

Intergeneric Crosses Are A New Perennial Trend

Intergeneric crosses, oddities some botanists say are an impossibility, have made serious inroads in the perennial world.

Read More
Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Arizona Apricot'

February 25, 2015

National Garden Bureau Designates 2015 As Year Of The G…

Gaillardia, also known as the blanket flower, is a member of the sunflower family (Asteraceae) and a long-blooming pollinator plant. It is fitting that the National Garden Bureau has specified 2015 as The Year of the Gaillardia.

Read More

February 18, 2015

California Spring Trials Sneak Peek: New Annuals For 20…

If you're like us and you can't wait until the 2015 California Spring Trials to see some of the new genetics that will be hitting the market in 2016, never fear. We contacted the breeders who will be displaying their new varieties in California in April, and they gave us a sneak peek. Check out our slideshow to see some of the new annuals making their debut to the trade this spring.

Read More
Athena Brazil Salvia 'Brazilian Purple'

February 18, 2015

ForemostCo And Athena Brazil Unite To Supply Unrooted P…

ForemostCo, Inc. and Athena Brazil have forged a working relationship to support each other in the unrooted perennial cuttings market for North America. The partnership, geared toward accommodating increasing demand for unrooted perennial cuttings in North America, adds diversity to a recently consolidated market.

Read More

February 17, 2015

Poinsettias Had Their Best Year In Many In 2014

Poinsettia growers report a strong year in 2014, thanks to a few conditions. Growers were encouraged by high plant quality, enthusiastic shoppers and a stronger, less saturated market for poinsettias throughout the selling season. Seasonal cold at just the right time put consumers in a festive mood to buy early and often, and with no big snowstorms to hold up shipments and a reduction of supply available in the market, the season was strong from start to finish.

Read More
Geranium x cantabrigiense 'Biokovo'

February 17, 2015

Geranium Hybrid ‘Biokovo’ Dubbed 2015 Peren…

Geranium xcantabrigiense ‘Biokovo,' a naturally occurring hybrid of G. dalmaticum and G. macrorrhizum, is the Perennial Plant Association's top pick for 2015 Perennial of the Year. Learn why this tough, landscape geranium took home the prize.

Read More
Costa Farms' Season Premier 2015

February 4, 2015

Costa Farms’ 2015 Season Premier Reveals Newest V…

The annual Season Premier at Costa Farms in Miami, Fla., is the industry's very first peek at new varieties for debut the following year, even before the California Spring Trials, heralded widely as the jumping off point for new varieties. This year's event revealed breeders' best and brightest new varieties for 2016, shown in field trials, landscape trials and containers at Costa Farms tropical trial gardens. Plant breeders presented their new varieties to buyers and members of Lowe’s grower panel. Growers, brokers and other allied industry members, including Home Depot growers and buyers, were also able to peruse the grounds to see how the new varieties fared in the winter trials. Later this season, the hot and humid conditions at Costa’s summer trials will help identify the true performers.

Read More

January 28, 2015

All-America Selections Introduces Additional 2015 Winne…

All-America Selections has announced more 2015 AAS Winners, bringing the grand total of introductions for the 2015 gardening year to 25. The seven winners join the 12 announced last November and six announced last July. This year, AAS has had the most winners in one year since 1939.

Read More