In addition to the Industry’s Choice award, Selecta’s 3D double osteospermums earned Greenhouse Grower’s Editor’s Choice award selected by Editor Delilah Onofrey. The award was given Monday night at the Evening of Excellence event at the OFA Short Course in Columbus, Ohio.
Selecta’s 3D osteospermums join Takii’s ‘Tropical Bronze Scarlet’ (2010), Proven Winners’ ‘Snow Princess’ lobularia (2009) and the University of Hawaii’s Royal Hawaiian colocasias as recent winners of the Editor’s Choice award.
“The 3D double osteospermums from Selecta were clearly the most significant introduction this year,” Onofrey says. “With osteos being so popular, we expect them to be embraced by growers, retailers and consumers alike. The colors are really trendy, too, in shades of purple, pink and even silver!
“When I was at the European Flower Trials, I saw two more distinctive colors that will be added to the series next year. I hope to see the 3Ds positioned as a unique, premium item instead of just being mixed in with all the other osteos and annuals. There is opportunity for growers to get good margins.”
Joining the 3D osteospermums as finalists for Editor’s Choice this year are:
Candy Drops Phygelius
Candy Drops phygelius bred by David Kerley and produced by Skagit Gardens produce clusters of dangling flower in vivid colors–Cream, Deep Rose, Red and Tangerine. Fill your planters, beds and borders with Candy Drops and draw humming birds.
Darwin Perennials’ Echinaceas
Darwin Perennials is breeding echinaceas in new colors and forms with a focus on winter hardiness. While the Sombreros come in Hot Coral, Salsa Red and Sandy Yellow, the Double Scoops come in Orangeberry, Bubble Gum and Raspberry.
Suntory has reinvented another crop, taking bougainvillea to bonsai proportions. Extremely compact for pots, plants come in Rose, Pink and Cream. The Sunvilleas were recognized at the Tropical Plant Industry Expo as a new introduction.
Lady Slippers Streptocarpus
Produced from tissue culture instead of leaf cuttings, the Lady Slippers streptocarpus from Green Fuse Botanicals are fast for growers, blooming in four to five months. Bred for large flowers and small leaf size, the Lady Slippers delight as houseplants and in shade.