New Varieties Guide 2009: Pacific Plug & Liner

New Varieties Guide 2009: Pacific Plug & Liner

Pacific Plug & Liner

When you visit Pacific Plug & Liner in Watsonville, you also get to see a whole new world of floriculture with the Agrexco alliance of companies in Israel. These range from Jaldety’s varieties of niche annuals and perennials and plants with foliage and texture to Cohen’s mainstream vegetative annuals, Hishtil’s herbs and vegetables and Schwartz geraniums bred by Endisch. New this year was Isaacson Flowers, with gorgeous, double-flowered mandevillas and large-flowered, blue thunbergias.

Pacific Plug & Liner (PP&L) is the young plants division of Smith Gardens in Bellingham, Wash. The company is always pursuing licensing agreements with the most innovative genetics, including a striking new salvia, ‘Wendy’s Wish,’ from PlantHaven. Each year PP&L conducts independent comparison trials of a few key product lines. This year it was heat-tolerant lobelia from cuttings in baskets, scaevolas and perennial Salvia nemerosa.

–Euphoria scaevolas
–Happy petunias–six colors
–Mandevilla ‘Super Trouper Double Pink’
–Mini Me petunais–three new colors
–Miracle Viola odoratas
–Morning Mist diascias
–Party bacopas–nine colors
–Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’
–Secrets bacopas–XXL Blue Delight and XXL Silver Sky
–Sedum ‘Lemon Ball’
–Sparkle Begonia boliviensis
–Spicy nemesias–five colors
–Vienco cupheas–five colors
–13 new coleuses

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