March 12, 2009

Pack Trials Preview: Greenheart Farms

Sunny Cities Hibiscus Pico features continuous and free blooming with blooms lasting two to three days. It is bud drop resistant, making shipment of plants in bud and bloom easier. Internodal compactness gives finished plants a full and finished look. Colors: Orange, Pink, Apricot, Yellow, Red and White. Visit the Greenheart Farms website for more varieties information.

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March 12, 2009

Pack Trials Preview: PlantHaven Inc.

‘Ascot Rainbow’ euphorbia boasts variegated foliage that is a colorful blend of mint green and lemony yellow. It is further accentuated with tints of orange and dusty pink through to burnt red hues. The colors blend beautifully to provide an intriguing and continually evolving display. ‘Ascot Rainbow’ has no known pests or diseases and stunning foliage color throughout the year. – Distinct and unique variegated foliage and flowers–Extreme tolerance to the heat and dry conditions.–Foliage displays tones of cream, green/blue with stunning red. Pink coloring throughout cooler months of the year.–Spikes of flowers in a blend of cream, lime and green appear from late winter through spring.–Ornamental, colorful foliage year round. Visit the PlantHaven website for more varieties information.

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March 11, 2009

Pack Trials Preview: Ball Horticultural Company

Taishan marigold is a Simply Beautiful Selection that delivers excellent, season-long landscape performance with high-impact color and its dwarf habit offers better branching to provide full, lush plants that perform longer. Shorter peduncles and thicker stems mean less breakage in shipping and beautiful blooms at retail. Taishan was a top performer and survived the humid, summer heat in Beijing, China for the 2008 Olympic Games. They are available in three colors: Gold, Yellow, Orange and also a mixture. Height: 10 to 12 in. Spread: 8 to 10 in. Full Sun Awesome specialty flower colors of the Can-Can calibrachoa series, part of the Simply Beautiful Selection, combine smoothly with the solid colors of Cabaret to create full-bodied, unique flowering planters and baskets. Well-branched and free-flowering plants have a uniform, mounded and trailing habit. Strong, vigorous plants offer season-long garden performance. Can-Can has a wide-range of vibrant colors, including one-of-a-kind patterns. It […]

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March 11, 2009

Pack Trials Preview: Greenex United States

Kalanchoé Queen WildFlowers Cheerful Orange has a light, airy habit. The leaves are slim and slightly serrated. The delicate orange colour of the flowers matches the slightly wild plant excellently. Excellent performance outdoors. WildFlowers thrives well at 40-85 F. To be placed in light. Should be watered once a week. Excellent performance outdoor from May until September. As indicated by its name, Kalanchoé Queen WildFlowersFrozen White has a slightly frosted look. The white flowers have fine pink lilac designs on their petals. The delicately green leaves are surrounded by a stylish, dark edge. Overall, the plant has a wild, airy appearance. Excellent performance outdoors. With its fun and very light habit, Kalanchoé Queen WildFlowers Funky Red is really wild to look at. It has sharp red flowers with four petals and a yellow centre. The yellow centre makes its long, dark stamens stand out, which in itself is something special. […]

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January 21, 2009

Online Only: California Pack Trials Interactive Map

California Pack Trials is right around the corner. Check out our interactive map to see all the locations, exhibitors, dates and contact information for this year’s trials. Click on the map to enlarge and click on the tabs for information about that stop. For an alphabetic list of exhibitors, click here. View Larger Map

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January 21, 2009

Online Only: California Pack Trials Exhibitors

Online Only: California Pack Trials Exhibitors

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January 21, 2009

Online Only: California Pack Trials Exhibitors

Agrexco March 28–April 3 Fred Cohen Pacific Plug & Liner Watsonville, CA American Takii March 28–April 5 Julia Paul American Takii Salinas, CA Ball Horticultural March 28–April 3 Mary Long Ball Horticultural Research Facility Santa Paula, CA Benary Seed March 28–April 3 Charlotte Rose Imagination Canyon Ghse Santa Barbara, CA Bodger Seeds/Bodger Botanicals TBD Steve Jones Bodger Seeds Lompoc, CA Booman Floral March 28–April 5 Jake Rudnick Booman Floral Vista, CA Danziger ‘Dan’ Flower Farm March 28–April 3 Chanochi Zaks Reese Kiikka Headstart Nursery Gilroy, CA Dummen USA March 29–April 2 Diane Surette Greenheart Farms Arroyo Grande, CA Ecke Ranch March 28–April 4 Snow Maestas Ecke Ranch Encinitas, CA Fides North America March 28–April 2 Diana Dickenson Fides North America Santa Paula, CA Floranova March 30–April 3 Bill Wilson Shannon Neal Floranova Lompoc, CA Florist de Kwakel B.V. March 28–April 3 Judy Born Speedling Inc. San Juan Bautista, CA GGG-International […]

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January 14, 2009

Mark Your Calendars For Cyclamen

Golden Fields Greenhouse in Castroville, Calif., will host its annual cyclamen trials beginning this Sunday, Jan. 18. The trials run through Jan. 23, and retail and wholesale growers are invited to attend. More than 300 cyclamen varieties from various breeders will be on display, and several breeder representatives will be attending to give tours and overviews of their new introductions. Those interested in attending should call 831-755-0570.

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December 2, 2008

Poinsettia Open Houses In Ohio, North Carolina

OFA and Ohio State University kicked off their poinsettia trial open houses today at Krueger Maddux Greenhouses in Indiana, and they’ll continue next week with three stops across the state of Ohio. North Carolina State University, meanwhile, is hosting its open house for growers and consumers tomorrow and Saturday. The schedule and locations for the remaining OFA and Ohio State poinsettia trials are as follows: December 8, 1–3:30 p.m. Bostdorff Greenhouse Acres 18832 N. Dixie Highway Bowling Green, OH 43402 419-353-7858 December 10, 1–3:30 p.m. Dill’s Greenhouse 5800 Rager Rd. Groveport, OH 43125 614-836-3700 December 12, 1–3:30 p.m. Barco and Sons, Inc 6650 Branch Rd. Medina, OH 44256 330-725-5400 North Carolina State has an event planned for growers tomorrow (Dec. 4) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Another event for both growers and consumers will follow Saturday (Dec. 7) from 1-5 p.m. The event is free and no registration is […]

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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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