May 29, 2009

New Varieties Guide 2009: American Takii

American Takii For the past two years, Japanese breeder Takii has been assimilating the offerings of two key acquisitions–Sahin in Holland and Global Flowers in Denmark. All three specialize in different types of seed varieties. Takii’s strengths have always been vegetables, cut flowers and seed annuals. Global Flowers is known for blooming potted crops, especially gerbera. And Sahin breeds interesting niche crops, like grasses, perennials, as well as violas and coleus. Takii’s message was that the three companies together offer service, selection and quality. As far as new introductions go, this was a light year for American Takii. The big one on the seed annuals side was the Cadenza hedgiflora petunias. Plants grow up and out in a V-shaped habit. Colors are Rose, Rose Pink, Rose Red and Salmon Pink. Takii also added Frosty Blue and Yellow w/Blotch to the Nature pansies and a light Heavenly Blue to Gem violas. […]

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May 8, 2009

2009 Floriculture Field Day Is May 14

The optional garden tour and dinner for 2009 Floriculture Field Day are now full, but those interested in registering and attending the main event are still encouraged to do so. Katy Moss Warner, president emeritus of the American Horticultural Society, will be a guest speaker, along with Eric Darden of Walt Disney World, David Price of Bok Tower Gardens and Kimberly Bird of Calloway Nursery. Because the event has been trimmed from two days to one, the cost of registration is much lower this year. Registration for FNGLA members is now $115. Non-members can attend for $135. For more information on the event, click here.

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April 29, 2009

The Oregon Garden Plans Expansion

“Conifer Day,” June 13, will kick off expansion plans for a rare conifer garden at The Oregon Garden, doubling the size of its current Conifer Garden and moving away from its more formal feel. Currently hosting one of the largest collections of rare dwarf and miniature conifers in the U.S., The Oregon Garden will expand in a number of areas. “It will have more of a walk-in-the-woods feel as opposed to its current formal design,” says Jeff Pera, assistant horticulture manager for The Oregon Garden. Additionally, the garden hopes to include more giant conifers (sequoias). Plans to incorporate a meadow expanse and a gorge with a 12-foot waterfall have also been added. The Oregon Garden team expects this water feature to “eventually empty into the garden’s wetlands.”  The “Conifer Day” celebration and kick-off is a collaboration between The Oregon Garden and the Western Chapter of the American Conifer Society. Admission is free to […]

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April 2, 2009

Goldsmith’s New Look

You could say the trials underwent an extreme makeover at Goldsmith Seeds this year. To make room for displays from new parent company Syngenta Flowers, Goldsmith took out all the benches that had been there for decades, cut them in half and relayed the floor to open up the space. The tables for dining were moved to the center of the greenhouses, with Goldsmith Seeds’ displays at the entrance and Syngenta Flowers’ on the other side. Both were organized in seasonal vignettes. Goldsmith worked with The John Henry Co. on merchandising concepts, including: – Make It Simple to help consumers with combination plantings by indicating which plants are focal, filler and cascading. (thriller, filler, spiller) – Zeroing on just a few colors at a time in a display to create new looks. – Celebrating women, having fun with friends and flowers. – Spring, the gift everyone is guaranteed to love. We also saw two […]

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March 31, 2009

All The International Scoop At Speedling

The stop at Speedling shared new varieties from around the world, with exhibitors Sunny from Denmark, Greenex from Denmark, GGG-International from Germany, Schoneveld Twello from The Netherlands, Thompson & Morgan from England, Hem Genetics from The Netherlands and Northern Innovators from Canada. The new introductions at this stop included the ‘Superstar’ heat-tolerant lobelia (pictured) from Westhoff, a breeder from Germany. The American contingency at Speedling included Plant Source International and MasterTag, which presented new marketing concepts for Halloween sales, Urban Gardeners and Kitchen Gardeners. Speedling also showed off its Pull and Pack Program that helps growers save on freight. Click here for more photos and details from the stop at Speedling.

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March 30, 2009

Breeding Synergies At Kieft

At Kieft’s trials, we learned more about Florensis–the Dutch breeding, production and distribution company that has an ownership stake in Kieft–and how the two companies are working together on breeding. While Florensis is more focused on vegetative crops, the breeders are working together on seed and vegetative, combining resources and capabilities. Vegetative lines on display include the Glow petunias, which have been very well received by growers for uniformity and daylength neutrality, Vegas verbena, and a dark new sedum, ‘Black Beauty.’ In seed perennials, the big introduction was the green-leaved heuchera ‘Malachite’ as a companion to last year’s burgundy colored ‘Melting Fire.’ Seed alternatives to popular vegetative perennials have been a strong direction for Kieft. Scabiosa ‘Blue Note,’ a very compact alternative to ‘Butterfly Blue’ is expected to be a strong introduction, but is still in the experimental stage. Salvia is another genus Kieft is working on. In seed annuals, […]

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March 23, 2009

Debut Darlings

Ball Horticultural Company Taishan marigolds come in Gold, Orange, Yellow and a mixture. Taishan delivers season-long landscape performance with high-impact color, less breakage in shipping and beautiful blooms at retail. This marigold can reach 12 inches in height and was a top performer in the humid, summer heat in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games. The Can-Can calibrachoa series comes in four colors: Apricot, Mocha, Orange and Strawberry. Well-branched and free-flowering plants have a uniform, mounded and trailing habit. Strong, vigorous plants offer season-long garden performance. Can-Can is ideal for outdoor production and is very pH tolerant, assuring foliage stays consistently dark green even at higher pH levels. In Dusty Rose and Lime Green, the Debonair petunia collection is versatile for pots, baskets and combination containers in never-seen-before colors. Both colors change with the environment. The Dusty Rose color will become lighter, more yellow in higher light and warmer conditions. […]

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March 18, 2009

Niagara Pack Trial Cancelled

The Canadian Ornamental Plant Foundation (COPF) and Vineland Research and Innovation Centre have made the decision that due to the current difficult economic climate, the 2009 Niagara Pack Trial and Marketing Innovation Symposium will be canceled. The Niagara Pack Trial and Marketing Innovation Symposium directly aligned with both Vineland Research and Innovation Centre’s and the COPF’s missions to strengthen relations between growers and breeders for the benefit of the horticulture industry. While there was initially enthusiastic feedback to the concept by contributors, it became apparent that market conditions overshadowed their ability to participate. “With the majority of companies in the industry looking to cut costs, we felt this wasn’t the right time to ask exhibitors or attendees to take part in a new event,” says Darlene Brown, director of public relations and communications, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. “This is the time to support the industry by offering new marketing […]

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March 18, 2009

Sneak Peek: Pack Trials Preview

Check out some of the new varieties that will be on display at the 2009 California Pack Trials, March 28 through April 5. Click the links below for new varieties from the following breeders: Ball Taishan marigold Can-Can calibrachoa Breathless euphorbia Debonair petunia Goldsmith Seeds ‘Cora Cascade’ vinca ‘Mammoth XL’ pansy ‘Big Kiss’ gazania ‘Aromas’ snapdragon Picobella mini petunia Greenex Kalanchoe Queen Wildflowers Orange, Frozen White and Funky Red Greenheart Farms Sunny Cities Hibiscus Pico HEM Genetics Snappy snapdragon Jardina cyclamen Corina viola Plant Haven ‘Ascot Rainbow’ euphorbia Schoneveld Twello B.V. Da Vinci cyclamen Picasso cyclamen Allure cyclamen Selecta First Class LaVela Pink Spanish lavender Trumpet Red gaillardia

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March 13, 2009

Pack Trials Preview: Selecta First Class

LaVela Pink spanish lavender forms a dense, 1-foot-tall by 2-foot-wide shrub. It has gray-green leaves and short, unbranched flower spikes of small pink flowers crowned by severs petal-like bracts. It blooms most of the year, peaking from April to August.  Full sun Well-drained soil Drought tolerant USDA Zone 7 Trumpet Red gaillardia is perfect for the landscape and in mixed containers. Large flowers and the interesting flower form add color and texture to plantings. USDA Zone 5. Visit the Selecta First Class website for more varieties information.

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March 12, 2009

Pack Trials Preview: HEM Genetics

The Snappy dwarf double F1 snapdragon series is early flowering on compact branching plants. It is very floriferous and shows great weather tolerance.  Garden height: 6 to 8 inches Colors: White, Yellow Shades, Violet, Bronze Shades Jardina is a new cyclamen series for patio and garden use. Flowers are larger than mini-type, but not as large as an intermediate. It combines floriferousness with growth vigor, making it an excellent outdoor performer. Height: 10 to 12 inches Colors: Scarlet, Rose, Purple, White Corina is the new Viola cornuta series. It has early flowering, and good plug and garden performance. It is non-stretching and continuous to flower from spring to the end of the season. Height: 4 to 6 inches Colors: Tricolor, Yellow, Yellow w/Blotch, Orange, Orange w/Purple Wing Visit the HEM Genetics website for more varieties information.

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March 12, 2009

Pack Trials Preview: Goldsmith

‘Cora Cascade’ vinca  Garden height: 6 to 8 inches Garden Width: 32 to 36 inches Container size: Packs and larger Habit: Spreading and trailing Exposure: Full sun USDA Hardiness Zone: 11 Programs: Spring, Premium Total crop time: 10-14 weeks ‘Mammoth XL’ pansy Garden height: 6 to 8 inches Garden Width: 6 to 8 inches Container size: Packs and larger Habit: Mounded Exposure: Full sun USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 Programs: Spring, Fall Total crop time: 10-12 weeks ‘Big Kiss’ gazania Garden height: 8 to 10 inches Garden Width: 8 to 10 inches Container size: 4-inch and larger Habit: Mounded Exposure: Full sun USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 Programs: Spring, Premium Total crop time: 13-15 weeks ‘Aromas’ snapdragons Garden height: 24 to 30 inches Garden Width: 12 to 14 inches Container size: 4-inch and larger Habit: Upright Exposure: Full sun USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 Programs: Spring, Fall Total crop time: 16-18 weeks spring, […]

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