New Varieties Guide 2009: Selecta First Class

New Varieties Guide 2009: Selecta First Class

Selecta First Class

This is the last year we’d visit Selecta at Dramm & Echter in Encinitas because next year Selecta’s lines will be incorporated into Ball Horticultural Co.’s trials in Santa Paula. For 10 years, the German breeding company owned by the Klemm family has made great strides introducing innovative varieties to North America. A new distribution alliance with Ball is expected to lead to even greater market share. While unrooted cuttings will be ordered exclusively through Ball, growers can still purchase liners through a network of rooting stations and brokers.

Selecta’s greatest success is the MiniFamous calibrachoas, including the MiniFamous Doubles, which received our Industry’s Choice award in 2006. The series continues to be refined and improved. New doubles are Magenta, Lemon, Amethyst and Orange.

One of the most interesting introductions was the drought-tolerant groundcover petunia from Anthony Tesselaar, ‘Soleil Purple.’ The more you neglect it, the better it will perform.

INTRODUCTIONS
- Bonfire begonias–Scarlet
–LaRita argyranthemums–Compact White and Rose
–Lavendula ‘LaVela Pink’
–Magadi lobelias–Basket Dark Purple
–MiniFamous calibrachoas–six new colors
–Petunia ‘Soleil Purple’
–PortoGrande portulacas–six colors
–Serengeti nemesias–Orange and Apricot
–Super Trouper pot carnations–three new colors
–Nine new osteospermums

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