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.
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 collection, ‘Surfinia Heartbeat.’ With a white background, each petal has its own little pink heart, which will be a great addition to any Mother’s Day program, and potentially even as early as Valentine’s Day in some Southern or Western markets.
Suntory has added Glacial Pink to its Sumo series, for a total of four varieties. Glacial Pink and Pink have the best vigor in the series, according to Delilah Onofrey of Flower Power Marketing, which represents Suntory.
Suntory added two new colors to its line of Soiree Kawa-ii catharanthus, a new Double Soiree and a new Ruby Red color to its Senetti Pericallis series. It also reintroduced the Senetti Sparkle line.
The biggest news for Suntory, though, was the addition of combos, which includes the popular BeeDance bidens series. Three combos include Bee Fabulous, Bee Gorgeous, and Bee-utiful. Other combos are available, too, including single-species combos of its double petunias, which would be ideal for holidays like Mother’s Day and Easter.
New breeding in the signature Surdiva scaevola series has provided a more upright series, but Suntory is keeping its original scaevolas on in the Surdiva Classics. Surdiva combos include both forms — upright and the more trailing Classics.
The company is also behind the breeding of the new Grandessa argyranthemum series, marketed by Ball. The intergeneric breakthrough includes a tetraploid argryranthemum, crossed with Ismelia, an old-fashioned annual chrysanthemum called painted daisy, which gives the Grandessas their halo effect.
Check out the next page for a recap of PlantHaven introductions.