November 22, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: Green Leaf Plants

Green Leaf Plants, Lancaster, Penn. Green Leaf evaluates 800 varieties of perennials, herbs, grasses, shrubs and annuals in its trial gardens. All plants are in the ground. Trials Manager Melanie Neff says the trials had a normal spring with a lot of rain and cool temperatures. The summer was also cooler than in the past few years.     Top Performers: Anemone Pretty Lady Series Clematis ‘Sapphire Indigo’ Delosperma Jewel of Desert Series Echinacea ‘Supreme Elegance’ Gaillardia Galya Spark Series Heucherella ‘Cracked Ice’ Physostegia ‘Pink Manners’

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November 22, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: Lucas Greenhouses

Lucas Greenhouses has been running trials for six years, mainly growing varieties from Syngenta. This year, Syngenta/Yoder mums, as well as some new introductions from Proven Winners and Danziger, were added. Trial Manager Jason Szymanski says the trial had unseasonably cool temperatures with “tropical-like” rain, at times getting 3 to 5 inches of rain within a few hours. 2013 Top Performers: Lavandula ‘Sweet Romance’ Petunia ‘Indian Summer’ Pentas Starcluster Series Verbena Twister Series Pennisetum ‘Sky Rocket’  

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November 22, 2013

Best Of Show: 2013 Field Trial Results

Greenhouse Grower asked trial managers to share which of the varieties they evaluated performed best, along with details about the weather conditions at their location. Seventeen trial managers responded, providing their best performers from hundreds of new (or recently new) varieties. This is a non-scientific poll, because not every location trialed every variety. However, there were a number of cultivars that appeared on the top performer list several times. Two varieties, Ball FloraPlant’s Angelonia ‘AngelMist Spreading Dark Purple’ and several cultivars of PanAmerican’s Zinnia Zahara series earned the most accolades. Varieties Appearing On Top Performer Lists At Least Twice: Begonia ‘Breezy Pink’ (Ball FloraPlant) Begonia ‘Dragone Dusty Rose’ (Dümmen) Catharanthus ‘Cora Cascade Strawberry’ (vinca) (Syngenta-Goldsmith) Catharanthus ‘Titan Burgundy Improved’ (vinca) (Ball FloraPlant) – not pictured Celosia Fresh Look Series (Benary) Gerbera ‘Garvinea Orangina’ (Florist Holland) Lobularia ‘White Knight’ (Proven Winners) Pennisetum ‘Vertigo’ (Graceful Grasses) (Proven Winners) Scaevola Fairy Series (Selecta) Verbena ‘Superbena Violet Ice’ (Proven Winners) Zinnia […]

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November 18, 2013

Check Out Cosmos ‘Pink Popsocks,’ ‘White Popsocks’ And Cat Grass ‘Tabby’ From Thompson & Morgan

Keeping an eye out for what’s different, take a look at Allan Armitage’s favorites from Thompson & Morgan, including a new color in cosmos and a barley grass.

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November 18, 2013

MSU’s Horticulture Gardens Celebrate 20 Years

Michigan State University marks the 20-year Anniversary for its Horticulture Gardens. The Trial Gardens help growers and gardeners choose the right plants, part of a gardening tradition that spans more than 150 years of history.

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November 14, 2013

Taking Time To Educate Consumers Pays Off

How many springs have we been hearing customers lament over failed echinaceas? “Fancy” echinaceas (peach, salmon, mango, yellow, doubles, shaggy, hideous) are not our native purple coneflowers — not even close. They have been infused with blood from at least four other species, none of which are as vigorous or tough as the purple coneflower. The result is that gardeners plant these unusual beauties with great enthusiasm, only to find they do not return the next year. I’m not sure how many people actually read this column, but I bet many of you are nodding your heads in agreement. From Akron to Atlanta, the complaint is the same: the new echinaceas are not long-lasting. How many times must we shoot ourselves in the foot? Soon we will need prosthetics. Little research has been done, and I am aware of no scientific papers published on this phenomenon. So what do we […]

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The team at RED FOX Las Mercedes

November 12, 2013

Two Dümmen Overseas Facilities Earn Certifications

Two of Dümmen’s overseas facilities have earned certifications: Red Fox Ethiopia reached the Gold certificate of the Ethiopian Horticulture Producer & Export Association and Red Fox Las Mercedes successfully passed MPS-GAP certification for good agricultural practices. RED FOX Las Mercedes in El Salvador started working on MPS-GAP in March 2013 and is now successfully certified. Originally developed for fruit and vegetable production, MPS-GAP has been adapted for the flower industry. MPS-GAP looks at the whole production process: land use (for example avoiding erosion); parental material; training of workers and advisors; storage and use of chemicals and fertilizers; safety, health and hygiene; policies on use of energy, chemicals and substrate; call-back procedures and waste management. To obtain an MPS-GAP certificate the participant has to have an MPS-ABC certification. MPS-ABC focuses on the environmental impact: use of crop protection agents, fertilizers, energy, water and implementation of recycling programs for paper, plastic and other waste […]

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Verbena 'Superbena Royale Whitecap' from Proven Winners

November 11, 2013

Three New Verbena Superbena Introductions From Proven Winners

Three new varieties have joined the verbena Superbena line-up this year: 'Superbena Royale Plum Wine,' 'Superbena Royale Whitecap' and 'Superbena Violet Ice.'

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November 1, 2013

Allan Armitage Retired From University Of Georgia After 30 Years And Many Contributions

Allan Armitage is a man who takes his own advice. A poet and a storyteller in his own right, he is known among his students for quoting all the greats. His favorite, though, is Yogi Berra, who once said: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” One might say the career Armitage has led has been a series of forks in the road — and he has not shied away from taking them. From teaching to trialing, breeding and developing plants to writing texts, Armitage’s adventures have added up to 30 years of an unrivaled passion for horticulture and teaching those who love to learn. Though he retired this past summer from his role as professor of horticulture at the University of Georgia, his significant contributions to the university’s horticulture department and Trial Gardens, the community and the industry remain. He’s known as the perennials guru […]

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October 22, 2013

5 New Echinaceas For Your 2014 Spring Season

Echinaceas are a must-have for sunny perennial gardens. The newest varieties have showy flowers with stunning fade resistant colors that last through the summer. Check out these gorgeous new varieties for 2014.

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October 18, 2013

Welby Gardens Finds Many Benefits In Having Its Own Trial Gardens

Running trial gardens used to be the primary responsibility of university horticulture departments and breeders. But the number of growers who are maintaining their own trials is increasing. Greenhouse Grower talked to Al Gerace, owner of Welby Gardens in Denver, Colo., about why he thinks it is worth the time and effort to have his own trial garden.

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Calibrachoa 'Mini Famous Double Blue' from Selecta

October 17, 2013

6 New Calibrachoa For 2013

Check out these lovely new introductions in calibrachoa.

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Heuchera 'Carnival Rose Granita' from Ball Horticultural/Darwin Plants

October 16, 2013

5 New Heucheras And Heucherellas For 2014

New heuchera and heucherella varieties offer fabulous foliage options for the landscape.  

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Snappy Burgundy & White Snapdragon antirrhinum

October 16, 2013

6 Gorgeous Snapdragons For 2014

Snapdragons add beauty to the landscape, whether they are in planting beds, or even in hanging baskets. Take a look at these new cultivars.  

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Gerbera Garvinea Sweet Dreams

October 11, 2013

7 New Gerbera To Consider For 2014

Consumers really love the bright colors of gerbera. Check out these seven new varieties for 2014.  

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October 10, 2013

Emerald Coast Growers Introduces Andropogon ‘Rain Dance’ And ‘Red October’

Emerald Coast Growers has introduced two new andropogons that feed growing market demand for high-interest native grasses.

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October 10, 2013

Begonia ‘Silhouette Lemon Rose’ Doubles The Bloom Of Traditional Non-Stop Begonias

Begonia ‘Silhouette Lemon Rose’ is a striking begonia hybrid with phenomenal basal and lateral branching. Plant sterility gives maximum continual flowering throughout the season with double the bloom number of a traditional non-stop begonia. Dark mahogany foliage with contrasting emerald green veining provides a dramatic contrast to the soft lemon yellow 1.5- to 2-inch diameter blooms that blush apple blossom pink in high light. This easy-care beauty is ideal for mixed pots and containers, hanging baskets or the summer border. For more information, visit PlantHaven.com

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October 10, 2013

Leucanthemum Real Series Features Improved Disease Resistance And Long-Lasting Blooms

Leucanthemum Real Series, from Pacific Plug and Liner, is a great addition to your perennial program for late spring to summer sales. These uniquely flowered leucanthemum are available now in a 72 cell. Fall is a great time to plant these to get good bulking, which will lead to better branching, flowering and potential for earlier flowering, especially for larger containers such as 2 gallons. The Real collection of leucanthemums highlights distinctly different varieties with unique flowers. They all have a sturdy, upright habit that needs no staking, and all are well branched, producing a great canopy of blossoms. These varieties are very floriferous with improved disease resistance. They bloom early- to mid-summer and repeat in the fall. Leucanthemums are robust drought- and wind-resistant perennials once established. This Shasta Daisy variety is well-behaved with a tight clumping habit. Blooms are excellent for long lasting-cut flowers.

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Petunia 'Flash Mob Bluerific' Burpee Home Gardens

October 7, 2013

18 New Petunias To Add For 2014

Tried and true, petunias are a garden staple. Here are some new introductions breeders are rolling out for your consideration in 2014.  

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