September 9, 2013
New Shrubs For 2014
Deutzia ‘Nikko Blush’(Monrovia Nursery) A delightful new hybrid from the U.S. National Arboretum, this blushing beauty will herald spring with a profusion of soft pink blooms. A compact shrub with an excellent, multi-branched form, it is perfect for foundation plantings or to create a low hedge. Bright green foliage on arching branches displays deep burgundy fall color. It will reach six to eight feet tall and six feet wide and is hardy in Zones 5 to 8.
September 4, 2013
Sakata wins Greenhouse Grower’s Medal of Excellence For Industry Achievement
Over the last century, Sakata Seeds has bred plants that have forever changed our industry for the better. Sakata Seed Corporation President Hiroshi Sakata accepted the 2013 Greenhouse Grower Medal of Excellence Industry Achievement Award, honoring individuals and organizations that have devoted their life’s work to advancing plant varieties and the floriculture industry.
September 3, 2013
Coloring Up And Avoiding Lower Leaf Loss In Kale and Cabbage
A major problem associated with ornamental cabbage and kale is late-season lower leaf loss. Research at NC State University explored the reasons behind the leaf loss and determined optimal fertilization strategies for these crops. See the results in this episode of FloriCAST from Brian Whipker.
August 30, 2013
Five Elements In Raker’s Equation For Selecting Genetics
Young plant grower C. Raker and Sons produces and ships plugs and liners through the entire U.S. and Canada with a diverse customer base. Its product list is focused on small- to mid-sized growers but like any business, having diversity in your customer base is very important, so the operation also does supply big box growers. In a broad overview, Raker’s General Manager of Sales and Marketing Susie Raker-Zimmerman says big box growers need product that’s going to ship well, fits many units on a cart and can be benchrun. The smaller to mid-size growers, specifically grower/retailers, want diversity in plant selection and to differentiate themselves. How does a young plant grower serve these needs while finding the best genetics for the consumer? 1. In-House R&D. It starts with Raker’s research and development team, which goes through a two- to three-year evaluation process for all varieties with genetics from all types […]
August 27, 2013
Digiplexis ‘Illumination Flame’ Wins People’s Choice At Farwest Trade Show
Digiplexis ‘Illumination Flame’ (Digitalis Illumination Flame USPPP) won the People’s Choice Award at the New Varieties Showcase at the 2013 Farwest Trade Show in Portland, Ore. In July, Digiplexis ‘Illumination Flame’ also won Greenhouse Grower’s Medal Of Excellence Editor’s Choice Award. The new introduction was hybridized by Thompson & Morgan and offered by Skagit Gardens Inc. It beat out 44 other plants that were on display. “I anticipated the Digiplexis would be the people’s favorite,” says Ann Murphy, director of marketing for the Oregon Association of Nurseries, which produces the Farwest Trade Show. “Its uniquely shaped blooms, coloration and compact nature attracted immediate attention. It was by far the most popular plant in the showcase.” The winner was selected by a vote of the people attending the Farwest Trade Show. The official New Varieties Showcase judges also saw its positive attributes, selecting ‘Illumination Flame’ as a Plant of Merit. ‘Sombrero Flamenco Orange’ […]
August 26, 2013
California Spring Trials 2013: Consider Including Fides-Oro’s Temptation Dahlia Series In Your Spring 2014 Order
With their dark leaves, large flowers and uniform production, Allan Armitage says there is a lot for growers to like about the Temptation dahlia series.
August 16, 2013
Impatiens Downy Mildew: 2013 And Beyond
Between warnings from garden writers and the national media and extensive signage at garden centers and retail outlets, the public was well aware of a problem with Impatiens walleriana this year. “Some people reported they couldn’t sell the Impatiens walleriana they grew because the press had been so alarming to gardeners that they weren’t purchasing them,” says Cornell’s Margery Daughtrey. Growers were also aware of possible problems with impatiens downy mildew and made adjustments to their production. From what Daughtrey observed in the market, the amount growers cut back on producing Impatiens walleriana varied quite a bit in 2013. Some box stores asked growers to produce them, and that was probably the main channel for their distribution this year, she says. Other growers cut back by 40 to 100 percent. “If they did not cut back extensively, some of them were left with plants that just didn’t sell,” she says. […]
August 15, 2013
Terra Nova Nurseries Announces New Sedum Touchdown Collection
Terra Nova Nurseries is introducing a brand new collection of sedum called Sedum Touchdown. The series includes ‘Touchdown Breeze,’ ‘Touchdown Flame,’ ‘Touchdown Jade,’ and ‘Touchdown Teak.’ The company has taken large strides in 2013 to expand its collection of sedums, having already introduced six other new cultivars to growers this year. The Sedum Touchdown varieties grow best in USDA Zones 4 to 10 and were bred to have a vigorous multi-crown habit, perfect for filling containers. All four cultivars are now available for growers to pre-order in liner form. Sedum ‘Touchdown Breeze’ features blue-green leaves in the spring that become tinted with reddish brown on the edges in summer, matching its red stems. In late summer it produces large clusters of pink flowers. Compared to ‘Postman’s Pride’, it has much shorter stems, with more vigor and crowns. It’s also a wider and significantly darker plant than ‘Chocolate Drop.’ This […]
August 14, 2013
New Gerberas Offer Options For Containers, Bedding And Cut Flowers
Gerbera has been a favorite flower for decades, and its popularity continues to grow. Discovered in South Africa in 1884, gerbera (Gerbera jamesonii) was named after the German botanist Traugott Gerber. It was first cultivated in England in the 1890s, and was originally brought to market by florists as a potted crop meant to draw customers into their stores. Today, gerbera is one of the five most popular flowers behind roses, carnations, chrysanthemums and tulips. It has grown into a multi-purpose plant that is coveted for containers, bedding designs and cut flowers, and it has evolved from its traditional roots to a modern beauty with a twist. Cut Flowers Vs. PottedPrimarily grown in the Netherlands and Colombia, cut flower gerbera are commonly used in floral arrangements. Unlike the older varieties, these gerbera are produced from tissue-cultured plants and are grown in specialty production facilities. These facilities are especially suited for […]
August 9, 2013
Blooming Potted Plants You Should Know: Part Three
Pericallis ‘Baby Senetti Magenta Bicolor’ Add value by offering blooming plants that can also be planted outdoors in cool temperatures. ‘Baby Senetti Magenta Bicolor’ brings the most popular Senetti color to the series. Baby Senettis are more compact plants with smaller flowers but still high flower count. Baby Senettis are also available to the market as unrooted cuttings, while Senetti is offered through licensees rooted. The two series give growers a choice based on their needs.
August 9, 2013
Blooming Potted Plants You Should Know: Part Two
Gerbera ‘Midi Revolution Scarlet With Dark Eye’ (from Kieft Seed)Midi Revolution is an intermediate type between the Revolution and Mini Revolution series. The flower and plant size are slightly smaller than Revolution, so it is easier to grow at high density. Use in 3.5 to 4.5-inch pots. Reaches 10 to 12 inches tall and 4.5 to 5 inches wide.
August 7, 2013
7 Blooming Potted Plants You Should Know: Part One
Dianthus ‘Olivia’ (from Dümmen Bartels)Continuous flowering, a soft fragrance and unique color set this dianthus apart from the rest. The flowers have a lime green center with a burgundy edge. ‘Olivia’ is heat tolerant and easy to grow. Perfect for 4- to 6-inch pots, combos or as a ground cover.
August 5, 2013
Syngenta’s Kwik Kombos Offer Enhanced Seasonal Options For Growers
Syngenta Flowers’ introduces a seasonality concept with its Kwik Kombos, with offerings for early, mid and summer programs.
July 24, 2013
Petunia Happy series introduced at 2013 California Spring Trials
Yoav Scholz of Cohen Propagation Nurseries talks about the outstanding features of Cohen’s new Happy series of petunias.
July 23, 2013
Patio Containers In Chicago: Garden Retail Report
It is fairly clear that many in this industry believe patio containers are important SKUs because the consumer wants the convenience of buying plant décor that can be taken home and set in place. There are thousands of recipes being offered by breeders and brokers so the choice of looks is unlimited. Unfortunately, many of the recipes do not grow well together or flower at the same time making the patio pots, in many cases, unsalable. While visiting the Chicago market in May and June, I was impressed with the huge array of patio containers and the number of consumer retail price points to choose from at The Home Depot. The selection at The Home Depot provided by Masterpiece Floral and Grand Flowers was the most extensive relative to sizes and consumer choice that we have seen at garden centers across the country. It was also impressive to see all […]
July 23, 2013
D.S. Cole Growers Open House To Be Held August 1
Join D.S. Cole Growers, Loudon, N.H., on Thursday, August 1, 2013 for its Annual Open House. All are welcome to attend to relax and enjoy what the breeders from Sakata, Danziger, Takii, Suntory, Ball FloraPlant, Selecta, Syngenta Flowers and others have created. The event also includes food, beverages and live music. Pesticide credits are available for those attending biological control talks presented by Carol Glenister of IPM Labs. Please RSVP by contacting Trina at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-783-9561.
July 19, 2013
Fabulous Fall Crops [Photos]
Swiss Chard ‘Peppermint’ by Sakata Seeds ‘Peppermint’ is the only chard with two-toned stems. Highly ornamental plants boast pure white petioles with vibrant pink streaks topped by dark-green, glossy leaves. ‘Peppermint’ matures in 58 to 63 days from seedling and shows very high resistance to bolting. It is a great choice for specialty produce or mixed with ornamentals and performs well across multiple seasons.