Dummen continues to be the market leader in making combination plantings easy for growers. For several years, growers have been experiencing the benefits of the Confetti Garden liner program, with three different cuttings rooted in one Ellepot. In addition to enhancing quality and consistency, growers save labor and no longer have to worry if the various cuttings will arrive together to assemble combos. Dummen has taken this concept to the next level by allowing growers to buy the Confetti Garden combinations as unrooted cuttings. Growers receive the cuttings to assemble 400 combination planters at once in a box. Two new eyecatching Confetti Garden combinations are Patriot in red, white and blue, and Lavender Spring in beautiful pastels.
This was also a big year for new variety introductions and new genuses for Dummen. These include: Phloxy Lady phlox in four colors, Aretes fuchsias, Bahia bacopas and Swing trailing osteospermums. Hot new petunias include ‘Potunia Cappuccino’ and five new Surprises. Grandiosa geraniums are a cross between Regals. Plants root easily and are less finicky with temperature than traditional Regals.
Starting with next spring season, all cuttings will be produced in Dummen’s new farm in El Salvador. Nine and a half hectares of greenhouses have been built and seven more will be completed in October. Dummen will be the first floriculture company to set up a farm in El Salvador. Advantages include climate and the U.S. dollar as currency.