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.

Read More

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, […]

Read More

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. […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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, […]

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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. […]

Read More