April 5, 2016
9 Cool New Edibles Provide The First Taste Of The 2016 California Spring Trials [Photo Gallery]
Let’s face it — edibles are all the rage, as gardeners of all generations get ready to test their green thumbs and culinary skills. The promise of a juicy strawberry or a ripe tomato, fresh from their own garden, makes their mouths water. According to a recent report by the National Gardening Association, food gardening in the U.S. is at its highest levels in more than a decade, with 35% of all households in America (more than 42 million) growing food at home or in a community. The low-maintenance, new varieties coming on the market are making food gardening better and easier than ever, and providing opportunities to bring new foodies into the garden center. Breeders displaying at the 2016 California Spring Trials (CAST) have provided a sneak peek at some of the edibles that will be ready for retail in 2017. Check out the delicious new fruit and vegetable varieties […]
March 30, 2016
Sakata Signs Agreement With Indonesian Government To Cooperate Under The Convention Of Biological Diversity
This week, Sakata Seed Corp. announced internationally that it has signed an agreement with the Republic of Indonesia to cooperate in the further development and production of its line of SunPatiens interspecific hybrid impatiens, based on the principles of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Under an agreement based on the CBD, Sakata Seed has worked with the Indonesian government since the early 2000s to identify the origin of the native germplasm collected in Indonesia to develop SunPatiens, and the two parties have agreed on how the indigenous genetic resources will be used for the further development of SunPatiens. There are currently only a few cases in the world of such an agreement, based on the CBD in the category of horticultural plants, made between a resource-rich country and a commercial seed company. Greenhouse Grower contacted Sakata Seed CEO David Armstrong to provide context about this agreement, what it means […]
March 29, 2016
National Garden Bureau Will Host Five Garden Communicators At 2016 California Spring Trials
Five popular garden bloggers will meet the many breeding companies that participate in the California Spring Trials, then blog about the event and the varieties they see.
March 29, 2016
Bailey Nurseries Develops Program That Texts Plant Care Tips For Endless Summer Hydrangeas
Bailey Nurseries has made it easier for growers and gardeners to cultivate their hydrangeas via a text message program that provides tips and advice.
March 29, 2016
California Spring Trials: New Blooming Potted Plants Coming For 2017 [Photo Gallery]
Blooming potted plants are the gift that keeps on giving for consumers, and the growing opportunities in the gift plant market are opening up new possibilities for growers and retailers. Flower breeders exhibiting at the 2016 California Spring Trials (CAST) have several new blooming beauties of the potted plant variety to show off for the 2017 spring season. Before you head to California in a few weeks, take a look at the slideshow to get a preview. Which ones will you incorporate into production for 2017? If you missed our annuals slideshows, don’t worry — you can check them out here. Because so many annuals are revealed at CAST, we had to build two slideshows — one for the Northern Region and one for the Central Region. Also, check out new perennials that will debut at the 2016 CAST. In the coming weeks, you can also see new woody ornamentals and edibles. Also, look […]
March 23, 2016
P. Allen Smith Says SunPatiens Are Hero Plants For Consumer Success
Plants that ensure consumer success with disease resistance bred into their genetics, and ease of use in a variety of conditions, are heroes for gardeners, especially beginners, and they should be celebrated and supported to promote gardening success and interest. These are the messages the award-winning designer, gardening, and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith wants the horticulture industry to know, with the recent announcement of his expanded partnership with Sakata Seed. In an exclusive interview with Greenhouse Grower, P. Allen Smith describes his expanded partnership with Sakata Seed to promote SunPatiens and why the now 10-year-old series helps both novice and expert gardeners to be successful. Smith also collaborates with Sakata to promote the HomeGrown Collection of vegetables. SunPatiens Set Consumers Up For Success, Smith Says As a plantsman first, Smith has extensively trialed SunPatiens in his gardens at Moss Mountain Farm in Little Rock, AR, and says he is […]
March 22, 2016
Flower Breeders To Debut Hot New Perennials For 2017 At California Spring Trials
Perennials are becoming more mainstream as consumers look for that long-term, added value of lower maintenance, season-long color, and reblooming plants year after year. And perennial growers and retailers like them for the higher price point perennials offer. So if you’re keeping your eyes open for what’s coming next year, you’ve clicked on the right story. Flower breeders exhibiting at the 2016 California Spring Trials (CAST) have a huge crop of new perennial varieties to show off for the 2017 spring season. Before you head to California in a few weeks, take a look at the slideshow to get a preview of the colorfully delicious perennial genetics coming to the market. These new perennial introductions have all the great characteristics you’ve come to rely on from breeders. Which ones will you incorporate into production for 2017? If you missed our annuals slideshows the last couple of weeks, don’t worry — you can […]
March 15, 2016
California Spring Trials Central Region Preview: More New Annuals For 2017
Spring is finally here, and you can draw inspiration from the hundreds of new varieties you’ll see at California Spring Trials (CAST) 2016. The annual exodus to the West Coast is coming up, but before you hit the trail, check out the slideshow to see some of the new annuals making their debut to the trade this spring. Because so many annuals are revealed at CAST, we had to build two slideshows — one for the Northern Region and one for the Central Region. Last week’s focus was on the Northern Region, but this week we’re highlighting annuals that will be showcased in the Central Region. We asked breeders to share with us pictures and information on some of the great new annuals introductions they will debut at CAST 2016. They didn’t let you down. These new annuals introductions have all the great characteristics you’ve come to rely on from breeders — excellent branching, […]
March 9, 2016
Get A Glimpse At New Annuals For 2017, Debuting At California Spring Trials
California Spring Trials (CAST) is coming up, but before you hit the trail, here’s your chance for a glimpse at the new annuals that will be hitting the market in 2017. We asked breeders to share with us pictures and information on some of the great new annuals introductions they will debut at CAST 2016. They didn’t let you down. These new annuals introductions have all the great characteristics you’ve come to rely on from breeders — excellent branching, good uniformity, flower power, and most important, long-lasting garden performance. Check out the slideshow to see some of the new annuals making their debut to the trade this spring. And because so many annuals are revealed at CAST, we had to build two slideshows – one for the Northern Region and one for the Central Region. This week we’ll focus on the Northern Region, but stay tuned for the Central Region […]
March 4, 2016
Kelly Norris Says There’s Great Potential In Landscape Plugs
In his latest column for Greenhouse Grower magazine, Norris says landscape plugs have the potential to pave the way for new perennial varieties and nature-based designs that appeal to consumers’ changing priorities and lifestyles.
March 2, 2016
Sakata Seed America Will Open New Vegetable Research Station In Woodland, CA
The station, which should be fully operational in mid-2017, will focus on Sakata’s rapidly expanding warm-season vegetables breeding programs and will host the company’s sales and marketing events in the region.
March 1, 2016
All-America Selections Summer Summit Will Take Place In Madison, WI
The event takes place Aug. 24-26, 2016, and will include tours of AAS Trials and Display Gardens as well as local businesses.
February 24, 2016
IPM Essen Innovations Showcase Highlights Eight Award-Winning Plants
IPM Essen’s Innovation Showcase, which the Central Horticultural Association first began as a competition in 2008, has become established as a permanent fixture at the event.
February 19, 2016
New Crape Myrtle Will Soon Be Available In South Florida
‘Big Pink,’ a chance discovery by USDA researchers, features large, brightly colored blooms and will soon be available to nurseries in South Florida.
February 18, 2016
Poinsettia Survey Shows Strong Sales For Greenhouse Growers In 2015
The year 2015 might have been one that many were glad to see in the rear view mirror, but for poinsettia growers, it was a good sales year — perhaps the strongest in quite a while. Compared to 2014, which was also widely deemed a success among growers for its seasonal cold at just the right time, good weather for shipping, and a good holiday spirit, the 2015 season was solid for a number of reasons. The weather, a rebounding economy, and increased demand all contributed to what growers said was a “very strong” sales season. “It was a strong year beginning to end due to great weather and quality product as the market demanded,” said Dan Chaney of Ivy Acres, in Greenhouse Grower’s 2015 Poinsettia Survey. “Sales were strong. Demand was better than the previous two years,” said Larry Windham of Windham Greenhouses Inc. “Very good. The […]
February 16, 2016
Fleuroselect Names Its Latest Gold Medal-Winning Varieties
The Fleuroselect Gold Medal is awarded to new varieties that have been tested by Fleuroselect’s independent judges at trial grounds across Europe and will be available for growers this year.