Crazytunia Citrus Twist

April 14, 2016

Dr. Allan Armitage’s Top Picks From Floricultura And Sakata During 2016 California Spring Trials

The best new flower introductions have the power to turn a non-believer into a fan. Check out Dr. Allan Armitage’s top picks from his visit to Sakata and Floricultura, the latter of which hosted a number of breeders.

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Begonia Evi Pink and Evi Bright Pink

April 14, 2016

Westhoff, Beekenkamp, PAC-Elsner And Plug Connection Present New Offerings At Floricultura

Floricultura-Pacifica in Salinas opened its doors to invite California Spring Trials visitors to experience new offerings from European breeders including Westhoff Flowers, Beekenkamp, and PAC-Elsner, as well as California native The Plug Connection. While there, it was interesting to witness the ongoing and highly automated production of orchids, as well as construction of more greenhouse space happening simultaneously. As is tradition, Westhoff Flowers invited its visitors to flag their favorite combos at the entrance, and showed off its unique assortment of annuals, as well as a few concepts. The breeder is working loosely with Florist Holland to show mixes used with Westhoff Flowers — or Westflowers — annuals and Florist gerberas in the center. The combinations are bright and cheerful, and spur a happy reaction in those who have seen them, so it will be interesting to see what happens with this concept going forward. Another new idea is putting together […]

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April 14, 2016

Sakata Ornamentals’ 2016 California Spring Trials Birthday Bash Celebrates SunPatiens

Sakata is celebrating 10 years of SunPatiens production, and a whopper-sized, three-layer SunPatiens cake was featured at Sakata’s display at California Spring Trials. There are four new colors in SunPatiens, three compact and one spreading, with lots more to come. The Mix it Up combos promise three seasons of color — rain or shine, sun or shade. ‘Sunpatiens Shell Pink’ is not new this year, but is still noteworthy as a recent All-American Selections winner. It was impossible not to notice the electric colors in the Majorette Gerbera line. This new series promises uniformity, a characteristic hard to achieve in gerberas. It comes in six colors, plus one orange color with a ring around the eye. Also worth mentioning is a Clear White, another breeding challenge for gerberas. There are two new mixes in the SuperCal Petchoa line. The Pink Lemonade mix received a lot of attention from trial attendees. […]

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April 13, 2016

Danziger “Dan” Flower Farm Breeding Focuses On Market Alignment, Grower Success

The company is using available technological breeding advancements to align its products with market demand and give them every chance for commercial success.

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April 13, 2016

Hort Couture Builds Relationships With Independent Breeders

The company works with independent breeders from all over the world to introduce unique genetics to the market.

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April 13, 2016

Dümmen Orange Succulent Combos Stole The Show At BarrelHouse Brewing 2016 California Spring Trial Location

Succulents and succulent combos were bigger hits than the beer at Dümmen Orange’s BarrelHouse Brewing location in Paso Robles, CA. With the acquisition of Florexpo, Dümmen Orange now has the capabilities to produce broader selections of perennials and herbs, which featured prominently in its display, along with succulents. Succulent guru Robyn Foreman was on hand to pump up the excitement about succulents and demonstrate their versatility for use in everything from half-cut wine bottles to coffee cups and mini-pots. Color bowls of succulents with Kalanchoe Calandiva and other combos designed by Foreman were a popular item with trial-goers. The company is looking at mapping out some of these combos and pre-determining recipes to make it easy for consumers to achieve the same look. These succulents are moving toward being available as Confetti liners, which could streamline production of succulent combinations, says Tom Costamagna, National Production Manager at Dümmen. More information […]

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Verbena Wicked Purple 2017

April 13, 2016

Dr. Allan Armitage Highlights His Favorite Varieties From Dümmen Orange At California Spring Trials

From the explosive color of a new verbena, to the vigor of an upright veronica, Armitage says there’s a lot to like from Dümmen’s new introductions this year.

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April 13, 2016

HGTV Celebrates New Simplified Order Fulfillment And Extended Retail Relationships

The HGTV brand continues to grow, as consumer interest in products associated with the popular home improvement brand increases. Streamlined ordering will help growers improve plant quality and reduce frustration. This year’s big deal at HGTV is its new alliance with young plant grower EuroAmerican Propagators. The partnership allows one-stop-shop ordering for young plants, which will allow growers to receive the plants for containers at the same time, so they can be stuck together, in an HGTV box. Previously, growers would often receive cuttings from multiple locations, at different times, in boxes that didn’t indicate they were from HGTV. This caused growers to not be able to stick cuttings at the same time — a major issue in production, especially for combination plantings. Rolling out to Lowe’s Canada stores, HGTV simulated a mass merchandiser display, to demonstrate how that would look. It’s important to the brand, says representative Maria Zampini, […]

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April 13, 2016

Dümmen Orange Presents Its Impressive Annuals Collection At Edna Valley

Dümmen Orange’s Edna Valley Vineyard location is a favorite California Spring Trials stop for its view, food, and beverage. But this year’s trials in San Luis Obispo also yielded a number of new variety introductions, new combos, branding, and a streamlined distribution and ordering method that will improve communications and reduce headaches for growers and brokers. With two farms in Guatemala and one in El Salvador, the company revealed it will generally assign annuals production to Oro Farms in Guatemala and Las Mercedes in El Salvador, while the perennials and herbs it acquired with the Florexpo acquisition in 2015, and its new succulents program will be produced at its Antigua Flowers facility, formerly owned by Paul Ecke Ranch. This shift was made to accommodate crops’ environmental needs, as well as to simplify ordering and fulfillment, says Tom Costamagna, National Production Manager at Dümmen Orange. There will be some exceptions, depending on […]

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April 12, 2016

EuroAmerican Propagators Brings In-Ground Tests Back To California Spring Trials

EuroAmerican Propagators’ decision to move its California Spring Trials (CAST) location back to its Bonsall headquarters was deemed risky by some, and applauded by others who said they enjoyed seeing the older format of actual trials at the company. The location included in-ground trials and container trials, and included genetics from a number of breeders who submitted them. For the past few years, EuroAmerican has collaborated with Suntory Flowers on a CAST location at the Ventura Botanical Gardens, but this year, the grower opted to hold its own open house back in the San Diego area. Many have gotten used to not traveling as far south, but as of the first day of the open house, Friday, April 8, EuroAmerican had received a number of visitors, despite the rainy and cool conditions. The in-ground trials were meant to simulate real growing conditions with real-life challenges in the garden, compared to […]

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Calendula Power Daisy (Kientzler)

April 12, 2016

Dr. Allan Armitage Names His Top 6 Picks From GroLink And Windmill Nursery At California Spring Trials 2016

Editor’s Note: Dr. Allan Armitage shares his top picks from the breeders who presented new varieties at the GroLink location in Oxnard, CA, and the Windmill Nursery location in Buellton, CA, during the 2016 California Spring Trials.   Gerbera ‘Sweet Caroline’ (Florist Holland) Every year I am so impressed with the Garvinea gerberas from Florist. They have proven their ability to stand up to the rigors of winter, are available in more than a dozen colors, and may be used alone or in combination containers. The flower color and size of ‘Sweet Caroline’ are outstanding, and this is already enjoying robust sales. Begonia ‘Revelation Maroon’ (Terra Nova) Learning more about the diversity of plants offered by some of our best-known companies is always a treat. Walking into Terra Nova, I was ready for Echinacea and Heuchera, but was instead blown away by begonia and coleus. Terra Nova has been breeding begonias […]

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Garvinea Gerbera Sweet Caroline (Florist Holland)

April 12, 2016

Sunny Skies And Beautiful Varieties At GroLink Provide Inspiration At California Spring Trials

At GroLink in Oxnard, CA, on Sunday, the sun finally came out, after a day of pouring rain on Saturday. So the breeders and growers were happy to be outside, and the mood was positive and sunny, matching the weather. This is a massive stop with several breeders displaying on site. Here are the highlights of what we saw at each supplier’s display. Sun-Fire Nurseries T. Jay Higgins was on hand to talk about the new Mandevilla ‘Sun Parasol Apricot,’ an addition to the popular Sun Parasol line with peachy, creamy flowers. This vigorous grower was presented in traditional pots with trellises, but also in gorgeous hanging baskets. That’s more for the independent retailer, Higgins says, as it’s difficult for big box growers to ship, but it certainly makes for a premium item. Next up was Suntory, wearing its heart on its sleeve with the newest addition to its petunia […]

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Salvia Saucy Red (Kientzler)

April 12, 2016

Terra Nova Nurseries Explains New Distribution Model; Kientzler Presents Expanded Product Line And Partnerships

At Windmill Nursery’s California Spring Trials location, Terra Nova Nurseries, Kientzler, KiwiFlora, and Kapiteyn presented their new varieties and concepts for growers’ and retailers’ consideration. Terra Nova Nurseries Terra Nova Nurseries had several nice introductions, featuring unique genetics for growers looking to offer something a little more distinct. Dicentra ‘Amore Pink,’ a hit at the Costa Trials due to its long bloom time, was on display, along with the intergeneric X Mukgenia ‘Nova Flame.’ Even though ‘Nova Flame’ came out last year, Terra Nova didn’t have plants set then, so the team wanted to give growers a second look at this Zone 3 variety. The shade-loving X Heucherella ‘Plum Cascade’ is a color breakthrough in trailing types, bringing the heuchera colors into heucherellas with a nice burgundy. Begonia ‘Revelation Maroon’ is a big-leafed trailer with rose-red leaves and olive-green veins. Begonia, ‘Angel Blush’ sports palmate leaves with green veins. It […]

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Calendula Power Daisy (Kientzler)

April 12, 2016

Kientzler Broadens Its North American Product Offerings

Kientzler is expanding its role in the North American market, collaborating with independent breeders and working internally to add to its product lines.

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Lupine (Green Fuse)

April 11, 2016

Green Fuse Botanicals’ Staircase Lupine Wows At California Spring Trials 2016

Green Fuse Botanicals highlights a distinctive new lupine series and gives growers a first look at future intros during California Spring Trials 2016.

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April 11, 2016

Selecta’s Petunia ‘Night Sky’ Is Officially On The Market; PanAmerican And Kieft Tout The Benefits Of Seed

Ball Horticultural Co. is an anchor of the Southern California Spring Trials, and there's always a lot to take in at this stop. So much so that we decided to bring you our observations in two separate articles. Here, you'll find highlights from PanAmerican Seed, Kieft Seed, Selecta, and Ball Ingenuity.

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April 11, 2016

Dr. Allan Armitage: 6 Picks From Ball Horticultural Co. And Green Fuse Botanicals During 2016 California Spring Trials

Editor’s Note: In Day 1 of our coverage of California Spring Trials 2016, Dr. Allan Armitage, Contributing Editor for Greenhouse Grower, talks about the plants that caught his eye. See images of his six picks in the slideshow below. Petunia ‘Night Sky’ (Selecta) Am I really starting off with a petunia? It is not that they are not all beautiful, there are just so many of them, Having looked at new plants for many years, it is difficult for any petunia to impress me. ‘Night Sky’ did just that. To gush about how the dozens of glittering white spots glitter on the blue petals does not do it justice. Suffice it to say it was different, it was fun, and people were talking about it. I certainly am. Begonia MegaWatt Series (PanAmerican Seed) Begonias are one of the building blocks of annual spring sales. “Full-size” wax begonias, personified by the […]

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Geum RUSTICO™ Orange - Terra Nova Nurseries, March 2016

April 11, 2016

Terra Nova Nurseries Breeds Plants With The End Consumer In Mind

Terra Nova Nurseries’plant breeding efforts are dedicated to refining plant characteristics and performance. Its end goal: plants that ecologically benefit the environment and satisfy consumers.

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April 11, 2016

New Darwin Perennials, Ball FloraPlant, And Burpee Intros Cover The Gardening Gamut At California Spring Trials 2016

There was a lot to see on the vegetative side at Ball Horticultural during day two of California Spring Trials 2016, with many promising new introductions from Darwin Perennials, Ball FloraPlant, Burpee, and Ch. Morel.

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April 10, 2016

Green Fuse Botanicals Is Building Up First Light Perennial Program

Green Fuse Botanicals is adding more first-year flowering perennials to its First Light program and using its new tissue-culture lab to improve supply consistency.

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