February 18, 2014

Metrolina Announces The 2014 Plant Of The Year

For the second year, Metrolina Greenhouses turned to consumers to find out what they want in a plant and what they would choose as their top pick. The grower held its second annual Plant Of The Year Contest to determine a new winner for 2014. A group of 53 panelists were given two months to try out 10 different plants, and in the end, vote for their favorite.

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February 18, 2014

Seven New Plant Varieties Awarded At IPM 2014 In Germany

Out of 56 new varieties and plants, seven were distinguished with awards by a panel of judges at IPM 2014, the international trade fair in Germany.

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Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrub Madness

February 11, 2014

Shrub Madness Will Crown One Proven Winners Shrub A Champion

Plant geeks will raise a Proven Winners ColorChoice varieties to the level of victor in the first annual Shrub Madness Plant Playoffs. The basketball tournament-style bracket will move through six rounds of competition at the Proven Winners ColorChoice Facebook page.

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Pulmonaria 'Dark Vader' from Terra Nova Nurseries

February 10, 2014

The Future Of Perennial Breeding

In a world that was once associated with small, specialized growers and backyard breeders, perennials breeding has now also been taken on by the larger breeders. What's on breeders' minds for the future? Take a read.

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February 10, 2014

PlantRight Names Three More Invasive Plants To Guide California Nursery Production

This month, Sustainable Conservation’s PlantRight campaign publishes a new list of invasive garden plants to help California’s nursery trade and their customers make more informed planting and purchasing decisions.

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Leucanthemum 'Daisy May'

February 6, 2014

Tips for Finishing Leucanthemum Successfully

Here are some tips on improving fertility, moisture, lighting and more for the successful production of this perennial garden staple.

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February 4, 2014

Costa Farms’ Season Premier Trials Shows Off Cool New Plants, Products And Ideas

Check out the highlights of Costa Farms 2014 Season Premier Trials, including new varieties for 2015 and new marketing concepts.

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February 4, 2014

11 Pretty New Poinsettias [Slideshow]

Poinsettias are the signature plant of the holiday season. Here are new varieties to consider adding to your crop selection for premium holiday crop sales.      

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January 30, 2014

Village Nurseries Introduces More Than 300 New Plant Varieties

Village Nurseries has recently added more than 300 new plants to its plant selection to help landscape professionals achieve new design concepts.

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Lavender 'Phenomenal' from Peace Tree Farm and Cultivaris

January 17, 2014

Lavender ‘Phenomenal’ From Peace Tree Farm And Cultivaris Has A Dense, Bushy Habit

Peace Tree Farm and Cultivaris have introduced lavender ‘Phenomenal,’ a new intermedia type lavender. Hardy to Zone 5, ‘Phenomenal’ offers winter survival and also stands up to heat and humidity.

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Allan Armitage

January 17, 2014

Growers Win By Competing Together Against Other Industries, Armitage Says

Allan Armitage says we all need each other to work together to best our outside competition.

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University of Nebraska wheat breeder Stephen Baenziger explains his breeding philosophy to students in 2012.

January 8, 2014

Plant Breeding For Drought Tolerance Short Course To Be Held

Colorado State University will offer a three-credit, graduate-level, field-oriented course in Plant Breeding for Drought Tolerance, June 2 to 13, 2014.

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Dr Allan Armitage

December 30, 2013

An Optimistic Outlook Improves Every Task, Allan Armitage Says

Change your way of thinking to make everything easier and every day brighter.

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Nicotiana 'Starlight Avatar' from Bioglow is the world's first light-producing plant.

December 4, 2013

‘Starlight Avatar,’ The World’s First Light-Producing Plant, To Be Auctioned By Bioglow

The light-producing plant is only available in a limited quantity of 20 plants, which will be auctioned off to the public via the Bioglow website.

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December 2, 2013

Today’s Breeders On Tomorrow’s Plants

One of the future challenges is the continuing need for new and improved crops for the consumer. Make no mistake about it, new crops — and new breeders — are the lifeblood of this industry.

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November 25, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: Welby Gardens

Welby Gardens tests 260 varieties of outdoor annuals, All-America Selections and vegetables. There were 669 containers of annuals this year. Weather this season was very sporadic for Colorado, with one week very hot, followed by a cool, wet week. This pattern continued all summer.       Top Performers: Best Outdoor Performance Canna ‘South Pacific Scarlet’ Celosia ‘Celway Orange’ Tagetes ‘Bali Yellow’ (marigold) Tagetes ‘Moon Song Orange’(marigold) Zinnia ‘Profusion Double Hot Cherry’ Best Container Performance Begonia ‘Solenia Orange’ Celosia ‘Intenz’ Dahlia ‘XXL Veracruz’ Lobelia ‘Oceano’ Pelargonium ‘American White Splash Improved’ Petunia ‘Flash Mob Bluerific’ Plectranthus ‘Kong Jr. Rose’ (coleus) Plectranthus ‘Under The Sea King Crab’ (coleus) Rudbeckia ‘Gold Rush’ Scaevola ‘Fairy Blue’

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November 25, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City, Okla. Weather conditions during the trials were much more moderate (with a wet July) than the previous two summers. More than 75 flower varieties, both seed and vegetative, are trialed at OSU. Top Performers: Angelonia ‘Serenita Raspberry’ Celosia ‘Fresh Look Orange’ Crossandra ‘Orange Marmalade’ Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ Gazania ‘LoGro Bronze’ Plectranthus ‘Sedona Color Blaze’ (coleus) Tagetes erecta ‘Mum Lemon’ (marigold) Zinnia ‘Lilac Rose’ Zinnia ‘UpTown Grape’

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November 25, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: Dallas Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum, Dallas, Texas The Dallas Arboretum has a large trial garden with 1,010 total entries: 726 in-ground and 284 in hanging baskets or containers. Spring was unusually long (12 weeks) with pleasant temperatures and enough rain. Summer was short with highs in the 100s for a few weeks. The average summer temperatures were in the mid 90s. Top Performers: Ageratum ‘Artist Blue’ Aloe humilis ‘Hedgehog’ Begonia ‘Ikon Bronze’ Chrysocephalum ‘Silver Leaf Yellow’ Lantana Santana Series Lobularia ‘White Knight’ Lobularia ‘White Stream’ Nicotiana ‘Only The Lonely’ Portulaca Cupcake Series (purslane) Scaevola ‘Blue Fan’ Scaevola ‘Romeo’      

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November 25, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: University of Tennesse (Knoxville)

University of Tennessee Gardens, Trial Location #1, Knoxville, Tenn. The University of Tennessee tests 300 annual and perennial herbaceous varieties. Trials Manager Beth Willis reports unusual and trying weather conditions due to abnormally high amounts of rainfall. By mid-July the area had received its full typical annual rainfall. By the end of the growing season, rainfall was 6 inches higher than average. Temperatures were also slightly cooler than normal, with only a few days reaching more than 90°F. The average maximum temperature was 1.4 degrees lower than the historical average.   Top Performers: Angelonia ‘AngelMist Spreading Dark Purple’ Begonia ‘Fire Balls’ Capsicum ‘NuMex Twilight’ Dahlia ‘XXL Hidalgo’ Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ Euphorbia ‘Star Dust Super Flash’ Ipomoea ‘Bright Ideas Rusty Red’ Lysimachia ‘Goldilocks’ Pennisetum ‘Fireworks’ (Graceful Grasses) Petunia ‘Shock Wave Denim’    

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