Expect Big Changes for California Spring Trials 2017

You can plan on a few changes this year as you make your way along the California coast for California Spring Trials 2017, held April 1-6. Dümmen Orange will be a one-stop shop with its displays consolidated to one site at Edna Valley Vineyards in San Luis Obispo. Cohen Propagation Nurseries, Jaldety, and Hishtil will exhibit together at Chisan Orchids, a brand new location with a fresh look, located in Los Alamos, CA. Floranova and Vegetalis are also changing venues, joining Green Fuse Botanicals at its location in Santa Paula, CA. Golden State Bulb is opting to participate in trials biannually and plans to exhibit in 2018, although it will be available for appointments upon request in 2017. Finally, expect a brand new line-up of vendors at Pacific Plug & Liner.

In total, you can plan for 10 stops in the Northern region and six stops in the Central region. April 1-6 are the official dates for CAST, but closing dates for some locations may vary. Generally, most of the locations are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; however, check with individual trial sites for schedules, as opening and closing times may vary. Several of these sites require a scheduled appointment to visit. You can find contact information at the SpringTrials.AmericanHort.org which will open for registration on January 16.

Northern Region

1. Proven Winners (Kirigin Cellars Winery, Gilroy, CA)

2. Syngenta Flowers (Gilroy, CA)
What You Can Look Forward To:
– Introduction of a new Helianthus Sunfinity variety

3. Danziger “Dan” Flower Farm (Headstart Nursery, Gilroy, CA)
What You Can Look Forward To:
– Three new series of Petunia Capella, Portulaca Nano, and Calibrachoa Lia, plus some interesting new varieties of bidens

4. Pacific Plug & Liner (Watsonville, CA)
Includes Bailey Nurseries, HMA, MPS, Encore Azalea, Southern Living and Sunset Western Garden Collections, Cultivaris
What You Can Look Forward To:
– New First Editions varieties, including a new Zone 4 hardy Azalea ‘Electric Lights Double Pink’
– Big focus on perennials at Pacific Plug & Liner, plus a showcase of perennial combos
– Comparison trials of Salvia nemorosa and early blooming Leucanthemum.

5. Ernst Benary of America (Watsonville, CA)
Includes Volmary

6. Speedling, Inc. (San Juan Bautista, CA)
Includes Hem Genetics, Thompson & Morgan, ABZ Seeds, Plant Source International, and Vista Farms
What You Can Look Forward To:
– ABZ has All-America Selections winner Delizz strawberry now available on the North American market for the first time

7. American Takii (Salinas, CA)
Includes HMA, OHP, and HilverdaKooij)
What You Can Look Forward To:
– The addition of Mycorrhizal Applications to the exhibitors
– Product promotion ideas Takii varieties
– Expanded pre-commercial viewing of pipe-line products

8. Sakata (Salinas, CA)
Includes MasterTag and Summit Plastics
What You Can Look Forward To:
– The 40th anniversary of Sakata Seed America
– Festivities will include celebrations of breakthrough introductions to the marketplace of SunPatiens impatiens and SuperCal petunia, and the 2017 All-America Selections Winner, Zinnia ‘Profusion Red’
– Plus new introductions for 2017-2018 and much more

9. Westhoff, Beekenkamp, and Elsner PAC (Floricultura Pacific, Salinas, CA)
Includes Florist Holland, Flamingo Holland, Gediflora, and Plug Connection
What You Can Look Forward To:
– Flamingo Holland’s newest orchid line – Floricultura Orchids
– New alstroemeria from Flamingo Holland’s Inca series from Koonst

10. Cohen Propagation Nurseries, Hishtil, Jaldety (Chisan Orchids, Los Alamos, CA)
What You Can Look Forward To:
– A fresh look and a brand new location, with sections dedicated to new introductions from Suntory, Breier, Volmary, Florensis, Westhoff, Elsner-PAC, GGG, and more

Central Region

11. Ball Horticultural Co. (Santa Paula, CA)
Includes PanAmerican Seed, Kieft Seed, Darwin Perennials, Ball FloraPlant, Selecta One, Burpee, Star Roses and Plants, Ball Ingenuity, Ch. Morel, Wave, and Cool Wave
What You Can Look Forward To:
– A new display from Star Roses and Plants showcasing the new branding of Bushel and Berry
– A pink Night Sky petunia (Selecta One)
– Ornamental oregano (PanAmerican Seed)
– A new orchid program (Ball Ingenuity)

12. Dümmen Orange (Edna Valley Vineyards, San Luis Obispo, CA)
What You Can Look Forward To:
– One consolidated location with more to see in annuals, perennials, pot and garden mums, poinsettias, succulents, kalanchoes, and retail

13. EuroAmerican Propagators (Bonsall, CA)

14. Green Fuse Botanicals and Floranova (Santa Paula, CA)

15. GroLink Plant Company (Oxnard, CA)
Includes Plant Haven, Hort Couture, Schoneveld Breeding, Suntory Flowers, Vivero Internacional, and more
What You Can Look Forward To:
– Suntory will highlight its Mixers combos, along with other new varieties in Surfinia, Beedance, Million Bells, and Sun Parasol brands

16. Windmill Nursery (Buellton, CA)
Includes Terra Nova Nurseries, Kientzler, Kiwi Flora, Kapiteyn Bulbs, Pelemix Coir, McConkey & Co., Oasis Growth Solutions, DRAMM
What You Can Look Forward To:
– Separate new variety, retail, and new product displays
– Several new Deco items at McConkey, as well as new grower containers that are designed to create efficiency and reduce the cost of production

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