November 5, 2008

Oklahoma State University

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Trial Manager: Haldor Howard  Trial Location: Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City Planting Dates: Last week of May Weather Conditions: Temperatures were warm, becoming consistently quite hot by mid-July. Some night time lows were in the 80s. August was rainy. Best In Show: Capsicum annum ‘Purple Flash’ ornamental pepper–”with showy, purple spackled foliage.” Top 5 Overall: Begonia ‘BIG Red with Bronze Leaf’ from Benary–”with BIG features all around.” Celosia ‘Garden Leader Higro Yellow’ from Grimes Seeds–”with a stately posture.” Impatiens ‘Super Elfin Salmon XP’ from PanAmerican Seed–”with exceptionally strong and consistent flowering.” Petunia ‘Mini-Me Red’ from Cohen Propagation Nurseries–”with compact yet vigorous and floriferous habit.” Zinnia ‘Zahara Coral Rose’ from PanAmerican Seed–”with a nice uniform mounding effect.”

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November 4, 2008

Unique Michigan Conservatory Breaks Ground

Community leaders in West Bloomfield, Mich., broke ground on the PLANTERRA Conservatory, a 23,000-square-foot conservatory-style facility that will house exotic plants and tropical ornamental foliage, orchids and decorative pottery in the region. The facility is expected to be completed by next fall. Locals are excited about the project because it is expected to fuel the economy and bring more permanent jobs to the area over the long term. About 70 people are currently employed at the conservatory. “This project is the best of all ideas for rejuvenating West Bloomfield,” says L. Brooks Patterson, a county executive. The PLANTERRA Conservatory’s inventory will feed Planterra Corporation’s interior landscaping business, but everything in the conservatory’s collection will be open for public viewing in a botanical garden-like experience. The project is also special because of its structure. The conservatory will comprise three adjoining glass greenhouse structures with European hipped rooflines. For more information on […]

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October 26, 2008

University Trial Gardens Interactive Map

View Larger Map Click on the blue tabs for links to our coverage and trials websites. Click on the arrows to look at different parts of the map, or on plus and minus to zoom in and out.

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October 21, 2008

2008 Field Trials: Putting Newcomers To The Test

Each year the country’s extension agents, university horticulture professors and botanic experts put varieties to the test with field trials. Sure that begonia performs perfectly in a grower’s greenhouse or for a few weeks on the bench. But how does it do in action? We asked for information about the location, such as the trial manager and location, planting dates and weather conditions during the trials. We also asked for the “Best In Show,” or what stood above and beyond the other varieties, as well as the trial manager’s Top Five. Here are the results. Scroll down for an Interactive Map of university bedding plant trials.  Penn State University University of Illinois Mass Hort Elm Society Ohio State University Dallas Arboretum Cornell University Colorado State University Michigan State University University of Florida Oklahoma State University Click on the blue tabs on the map for links to our coverage and trials […]

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October 14, 2008

Penn State University

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Trial Manager: Alan Michael, Penn State Extension, [email protected] Trial Location: Southeast Research and Extension Center (a.k.a. Landisville Trial), Penn State University Planting Dates: 6, 000 pots (1,328 entries) were planted on May 20, 21 and 22, 2008 into 5-gallon containers Weather Conditions: From third week of May (right after planting) through Mid-June we had unusually hot, bright sunny days, low humidity and below normal rainfall. Geraniums, begonias and impatiens suffered from the heat. Mid-June through July provided excellent grow more than 2.5 inches) in form of rain, fog and severe thunderstorms. Conditions allowed plants to make up any lost growth that occurred in June. August through Mid-September was dry with 2.5″ below normal of rainfall (normal is about 4 inches). Temperatures were in the normal range, with no excessively hot days. Geraniums were outstanding August. Best In Show: ‘BIG Red with Green Leaf’ begonia […]

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October 14, 2008

University of Illinois

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Trial Manager: C. Diane Anderson, Research and Education Specialist in Landscape Horticulture; [email protected] Trial Location: Miles C Hartley Selections Garden, University of Illinois Arboretum Planting Dates: Scaevola (planted June 3, 2008) Canna (planted June 6, 2008) Osteospermum (planted June 9, 2008) Lantana (planted June 23, 2008) Rudbeckia (planted May 30, 2008) Lantana (planted June 23, 2008) Cosmos (planted May 27, 2008) Juncus (planted June.06 2008) Capsicum (planted June 06, 2008) Weather Conditions: Excessively wet during May and June, 2008 Best In Show: Scaevola ‘Surdiva Light Blue’ from Suntory Top 5: 1. Canna ‘Tropicanna Gold’ from Anthony Tesselaar Plants 2. Osteospermum ‘Serenity Vanilla’ from Ball FloraPlant 3. Lantana ‘Landmark Sunrise Rose’ from Ball FloraPlant 4. Rudbeckia ‘Tiger Eye Gold’ from Goldsmith Seeds 5. Zinnia ‘Profusion Coral Pink’ from Sakata Seed

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October 14, 2008

Dallas Arboretum

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October 14, 2008

Mass Hort Elm Society

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Trial Manager: David Fiske, [email protected] Trial Location: Mass Hort Society Elm Bank Planting Dates: Frost-hardy plants May 19–23, 2008; the rest May 31- June 12, 2008 Weather Conditions: Spring–hot heave wave first week of June; summer–very wet, by September more than 11 inches of rain above normal. Best In Show: Salvia ‘Mystic Spires Blue’ from Ball FloraPlant Top 5 Overall: ‘Henna’ coleus from Ball FloraPlant ‘Zahara Scarlet’ zinnia from PanAmerican Seed ‘Artist Purple’ ageratum from Proven Winners ‘BIG Red with Green leaf’ begonia from Benary ‘Lania Lavender Star’ verbena from Syngenta Flowers

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September 29, 2008

Share Your Thoughts On Horti Fair

Will you be attending Horti Fair in a couple of weeks? Let us know! E-mail us your thoughts on the coolest new products you see and the offsite tours and events you attend, and send us your photos from Holland. You can e-mail your thoughts and photos to Greenhouse Grower Editor Delilah Onofrey at [email protected] For more information on Horti Fair, taking place Oct. 14-17, click here.

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September 22, 2008

Goldsmith, Syngenta To Exhibit Separately At Pack Trials

Goldsmith Seeds and Syngenta Flowers will be exhibiting at separate locations next year at the California Pack Trials after many years sharing space. The two breeders simply need more space, according to Gary Falkenstein and Joel Goldsmith, who both believe the Pack Trials separation will allow them to provide customers with better access to marketing ideas, technical information and new variety introductions. The relationship between Goldsmith and Syngenta will go on, as will the innovative partnership to breed and supply vegetative genetics to the marketplace. Locations for Goldsmith and Syngenta at 2009 Pack Trials are as follows: Goldsmith Seeds 2280 Hecker Pass Highway Gilroy, CA 95020 Syngenta Flowers 7240 Holsclaw Road Gilroy, CA 95020

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September 22, 2008

Trialing Gerbera At C. Raker & Sons

The Raker Gerbera Trial, featuring 196 varieties transplanted into four-inch and six-inch pots, will take place from October 20-24 this year at the C. Raker & Sons headquarters in Litchfield, Mich. Six breeders–Sakata, Syngenta, Global Flowers, Kieft, Northern Innovators and HMA Plants–provided varieties for the trial, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. that week. Series cultivated for the gerbera trial include Festival, Jaguar, Royal, Revolution, Floriline, Fortune and Crazy Colors. The suppliers will be in attendance and available to present variety and cultural information for each series. Of the 196 varieties that will be on hand, 150 are standard varieties and 46 are miniature. There are three flower types: single, semi-double and spider. Raker is also conducting two additional experiments. The first encompasses a secondary trial of 32 different color mixes sown two weeks after the primary trial to demonstrate early flower timing and crop uniformity. […]

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August 13, 2008

Yoder Garden Mum And Aster Field Day

Yoder Garden Mum and Aster Fall Field Day will take place on Thursday, September 25 this year at Lucas Greenhouse in Monroeville, N.J. Those who attend will see the newest garden mum and aster varieties and compare them with existing Yoder and competitor varieties. Attendees will also get to talk to growers about how to be successful growing and marketing mums, and they can evaluate the garden mum and aster trials themselves. To register, e-mail Deb McGuinness at [email protected] or call 1-800-232-9557, ext. 2471.

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