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 […]

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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 […]

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August 13, 2013

Geranium Two In One Shadow Series from Elsner-PAC

Marc Englert of Elsner-PAC explains why the new Two In One geranium series is an excellent choice for shade plantings, as well as sunny areas.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Syngenta’s Kwik Kombos Offer Enhanced Seasonal Options For Growers

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.

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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.

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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 […]

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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 trina@dscolegrowers.com or 603-783-9561.

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Chrysanthemum 'Chelsey Pink'

July 19, 2013

Fabulous Fall Crops [Photos]

Verbena Enduro Series by Ball FloraPlant Ball FloraPlant’s new Enduro series of hardy landscape verbena is tough. Over summer, it stays in flower longer while over winter it’s hardy to the low teens. Enduro tolerates powdery mildew and the series is available in three colors for 2014 sales: Purple, White Blush, and Rose.

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July 18, 2013

HGTV Home Plant Collection Debuts New Expressions Annuals for 2014

The HGTV HOME Plant Collection unveiled its new Expressions Annuals for 2014 during the OFA Short Course in Columbus, Ohio, on July 14. The new annuals collections include Shady Showoffs, So Gorgeous! Geraniums, Fine Vines Mandevillas and WonderCalis Calibrachoas, says Randy Hunter, managing partner of Agricola Management Group, the exclusive licensee for the Plant Collection. “We’ve had tremendous response to the launch of the HGTV Home Plant Collection and Expressions Annuals in 2013,” Hunter says. “Retailers and consumers alike have embraced our pre-selected annual mixes that take the guesswork out of which plants go best together in container gardening. Now, we’re looking forward to continued expansion in 2014 with more exciting new pre-selected annual mixes,” Hunter says. HGTV worked in conjunction with Agricola Management Group to develop the Expressions Annuals Collections, which includes the new plant varieties for 2014. “For 2014, we’re branching out in new directions with three of […]

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July 16, 2013

Hot New Potted Plants And Tropicals From 2013 California Spring Trials

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bobo’ (Proven Winners A compact, 3- to 4- foot shrub, ‘Bobo’ is completely engulfed in flowers at bloom time. Flowers are creamy white, turning pinkish as they age. Winner of the Gold Florall award for Best Novelty Plant, ‘Bobo’ is ideal for small gardens.

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July 10, 2013

Fall Crops: More Than Mums

In the fall there is a fresh crispness in the air, enticing gardeners everywhere to spruce up their gardens, patios and porches. Summertime hinted of an improvement in the marketplace and, as the days start to get shorter, we are witnessing the beginnings of the housing market making a steady (and in some places very impressive) comeback. The modern American homeowner is again ready to dig in, excited to celebrate everything she has worked so hard to get and eager to share her success with friends. So let’s give her something new and exciting to work with! In addition to the autumn bread-and-butter crop, chrysanthemums, there are many products that should be promoted this fall in order to maintain and contribute to the momentum we are experiencing. The assortment is expanding from the reliable mum to the more interesting and varied. Wallflower, calendula, kale, ornamental corn, millet, grasses and chili […]

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July 9, 2013

ePlantSource.com Now Accepting Orders For Live Goods

ePlantSource, an online broker of live goods to professional greenhouse growers in North America, is now accepting orders at ePlantSource.com. This proprietary eCommerce site provides growers with a self-service, price-efficient, system to place, track and edit orders. The online storefront streamlines the supply chain, provides up-to-the-moment availability and furnishes instant order updates and shipment notifications. The site is live and can be viewed at www.ePlantSource.com. Visitors will have access to an online catalog with more than 9,000 varieties, availability for more than 22,000 products and the opportunity to place seamless orders for the 2013/2014 season. Live demos will demonstrate ePlantSource at booth 2810 at OFA Short Course Convention in Columbus, Ohio, July 13 to 16. Additionally, the team is ready via live chat (PlantSource.com/support), phone (855-674-8440) or email (CustomerService@ePlantSource.com) to answer any questions. Gary Falkenstein, President/CEO of ePlantSource is excited to be taking the business online. “I would like to […]

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July 9, 2013

Gaura ‘Sparkle White’ Wins 2014 AAS Award

Gaura ‘Sparkle White’, a beautiful and elegant “thriller” formixed containers and garden landscapes has been named an All-America Selections Winner for 2014. Bred by Kieft Seed, ‘Sparkle White was chosen for its long flowering time andimpressive stature, and it thrilled judges in trials nationwide. ‘Sparkle White’ is a durable, heat and drought tolerant variety that has a carefree lifecycle. It is not prone to insects or disease. In addition to its excellent garden performance,‘Sparkle White’ is faster than other seed gaura by 2 to 3 weeks, comprable to vegetative plants in terms of crop time. “Winning an All-America Selections award for ‘Sparkle White’ is very satisfying, as AAS is a trusted and established testing organization in North America,” says Mary O’Connor,Global Product Manager for Kieft Seed. “Consumers will enjoy adding ‘Sparkle White’ to their home garden designs, and growers will enjoy the ease of producing this winner.” As a 2014 […]

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July 8, 2013

Dig A $10 Hole For A 10¢ Plant [opinion]

I know I am not really becoming older, and I know I am certainly not growing wiser. Yet every now and then I learn that something I’ve said in the past has taken root in the minds of many people, and it reappears in the most extraordinary ways. I often tell my students that what you say and what you write may not seem especially profound to you, but it might be especially meaningful to others. Celebrating Allan’s Career At The University Of Georgia Allan Armitage isn’t leaving the industry. He actually may become more involved in some areas than ever before. However, he is retiring from the University of Georgia, where he has prepared countless students for careers in horticulture during the last few decades. He was also responsible for beginning the University of Georgia’s Trial Gardens, where he has developed many outstanding plants of his own and evaluated […]

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July 8, 2013

Growing Calibrachoa Successfully

Plants bred in colder regions often don’t have as much heat tolerance, and plants bred for heat tolerance can be somewhat less able to deal with early-season cold greenhouses and wet soil conditions. Each grower needs to experiment and decide what works best in his or her location.

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July 3, 2013

Petunia ‘Cha-Ching Cherry’ Is Selected As The 2013 Readers’ Choice Award Winner

Petunia ‘Cha-Ching Cherry’ from Ball FloraPlant is an eye-catcher due to its deep wine-colored flowers with a light yellow star. A compact mounded habit adds to the appeal of this grower-friendly plant, which is perfect for hanging baskets and combination planters. This unique and special petunia is still grower-friendly. Produce and time it alongside other popular novelty petunias. ‘Cha-Ching Cherry’ makes stunning hanging baskets A height of 10 to 16 inches and spread of 16 to 10 inches make it a versatile plant for landsape beds and gardens as well. and it shows equally well in mixed containers.

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