October 20, 2009

2009 Field Trials: University of Illinois

Trial Manager: C. Diane Anderson Trial Location: Miles C Hartley Selections Garden, University of Illinois Arboretum, Urbana, Ill. Planting Dates: From May 28-June 20, 883 varieties were planted in rows, design beds and mixed 6-inch or single-variety 14-inch containers. Weather Conditions: Except for a hot, humid week at the end of June, Urbana was cooler than average, with generally low humidity. We received several multiple-inch rainfalls that resulted in beds that were slow to dry. Heavy rains resulted in poor petunia growth. Best In Show: Angelonia ‘Carita Raspberry’ from Syngenta Flowers Top Five: 1. Gomphrena ‘Fireworks’ from PanAmerican Seed 2. Dahlia ‘Grande Toluca’ from Proven Selections 3. Zinnia ‘Profusion Yellow’ from Sakata Seed 4. Pennisetum ‘Jade Princess’ from PanAmerican Seed 5. Coleus ‘Indian Summer’ from Ball FloraPlant

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October 20, 2009

2009 Field Trials: The Ohio State University – Columbus

Trial Director/Trial Manager: Claudio Pasian and Bart Hayes Location: Columbus, Ohio   Planting Dates: The 2009 Summer Annual Trials has been a record year with 716 entries from 22 companies all over the world. Plants were installed May 12.   Weather Conditions: Spring and early summer temperatures were normal with rainfall at seasonal averages. July brought drastically lower temperatures with highs 15 degrees below normal. In August, temperatures increased but were still below seasonal averages, as were rainfall amounts. The season ended with rainfall returning and continued below-average temperatures.   Top Five: 1. Euphorbia ‘White Manaus’ from GroLink   2. Ornamental pepper ‘Purple Flash’ from PanAmerican Seed   3. Coleus ‘Versa Crimson Gold’ from PanAmerican Seed   4. Vinca ‘Cora Deep Lavender’ from Goldsmith Seeds   5. Petunia ‘Sanguna Lipstick’ from Syngenta Flowers

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October 20, 2009

2009 Field Trials: Texas A&M University

Trial Manager: Brent Pemberton Location: Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Overton, Texas   Weather Conditions: Weather during planting was mild. June and early July became very hot and dry with many days over 100 degrees F. Temperatures moderated in late July with significant rainfall. August came with a return to very hot conditions.   Best In Show: Lobularia ‘Snow Princess’ from Proven Winners   Top Five: 1. Las Vegas gomphrena series from Benary   2. Lantana ‘Bandana Lemon Zest’ from Syngenta Flowers   3. Lantana ‘Lucky Pure Gold’ from Ball FloraPlant   4. Petunia ‘Cadenza Rose Red’ from American Takii   5. Verbena ‘Superbena Coral Red’ improved from Proven Winners

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October 20, 2009

2009 Field Trials: Michigan State University

Michigan State University Trial Director/Trial Manager: Art Cameron and Chris Noffsinger   Location: East Lansing, Mich.   Planting Dates: All trials were planted the last two weeks of May–cool-season plants first, warm-season plants last.   Weather Conditions: It was a good growing year. With the exception of some petunias grown in ground beds, the majority of plants performed quite well. Even zinnias lasted well into August!   Top Five: 1. Heliopsis ‘Tuscan Sun’ from Proven Winners   2. Lobularia ‘Snow Princess’ from Proven Winners   3. Gomphrena ‘Fireworks’ from PanAmerican Seed   4. Coleus ‘Red Head’ from Ball FloraPlant   5. Trachelium ‘Garden Leader Purple’ from Grimes Horticulture Inc.

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October 20, 2009

2009 Field Trials: Iowa State

Trial Manager: Sarah Rummery, Reiman Gardens, Ames Iowa [email protected] Planting dates: May 12–15  Weather Conditions: Unusually mild summer. Only a few 90 degree days coming in June and August, none in July. Average temperature in the low-80s. Slightly below-average rainfall, one extended dry period in late-August into mid-September. Best In Show: Pennisetum ‘Jade Princess’ Top 5 Varieties Overall: 1. Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Versa Crimson Gold’ 2. Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Versa Burgundy to Green’ 3. Zinnia marylandica ‘Zaharaâ„¢ Fire’ 4. Gomphrena ‘Fireworks’ 5. Talinum paniculatum ‘Limon’

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October 20, 2009

2009 Field Trials: Cornell University – Ithaca

Trials Manager: Melissa Kitchen Number of entries:  240 varieties from Ball FloraPlant, PanAmerican Seed, Syngenta Flowers Inc., Proven Winners, Oro Farms, W. Atlee Burpee & Co. and American Takii, Inc Best in Show: Zinnia Zahara ‘Fire,’ Sanvitalia Cuzco ‘Yellow’ and ornamental millet ‘Jade Princess.’ Top 5 Varieties Overall: Zinnia Zahara ‘Fire’ Sanvitalia Cuzco ‘Yellow’ Ornamental millet ‘Jade Princess’ Lobelia Techno Heat ‘Upright Light Blue’ Salvia Velocity ‘Blue’  

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October 20, 2009

2009 Field Trials: Dallas Arboretum

Trials Managers: Jimmy Turner, Senior Director of Gardens and Jenny Wegley, Research and Greenhouse Manager Weather Conditions: All plant material was planted in full sun. All material is watered three times a week (unless it rains) for 15 minutes and is fertilized every other week with 21-7-7 at 400ppm Nitrogen. Annual material is planted from a 4″ container in a block of nine. Perennial material is planted from a 1-gallon container in a block of one to three (depending quantity of plants that we receive). As usual we had a hot summer. There was a recorded fourteen days in a row over 100 degrees. We did have quite a bit of rain fall that helped cool us off a bit, after the rains high percentages of humidity followed. Overall it was a hot and sticky summer. Top 5 Perennials: 1. Penstemon ‘Lilac Beauty’ (Ground) Sahin Planted: Spring 2008 A great perennial […]

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October 20, 2009

2009 Field Trials: Massachusetts Hort Society

Trials Manager: David Fiske, Gardens Curator Weather Conditions: We had a vary cold cloudy wet late spring early summer Planting Date: Plants were set out June 1 Best of Show: Millet Jade Princess by Ball Seed Top 5 Varieties:  Millet Jade Princess by Ball Seed Coleus Versa Lime Ball Seed Gomphrena Fireworks Ball Seed Lantana Lucky Rose Glow Improved Ball Seed Argeratum PatinaDelft Sygenta

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October 19, 2009

2009 Field Trials: Cornell University – Long Island

Trial Manager: Nora Catlin Trial Location: Cornell University Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center, Riverhead, N.Y.   Planting Dates: Nearly 200 entries were transplanted into 4-inch pots in the greenhouse throughout April and planted outside during the first week of June. Three 12-inch containers were planted with three 4-inch potted plants each.   Weather Conditions: June was rainy and cloudy. In general, the season was cooler than usual.   Best In Show: Petunia ‘Cascadia Noble Blue’ from Danziger and petunia ‘Supertunia Lavender Skies’ from Proven Winners   Top Five: 1. Alternanthera ‘Royal Tapestry’ from Proven Selections   2. Petunia ‘Cascadia Ann Wood’ from Danziger   3. Petunia ‘Littletunia Rose’ from Danziger   4. Petunia ‘Littletunia White Grace’ from Danziger   5. Petunia ‘Pretty Much Picasso’ from Proven Winners

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October 19, 2009

2009 Field Trials: Colorado State University

Trial Manager: Dr. James E. Klett Trial Location: Fort Collins, Colo.   Planting Dates: 1,200 entries and more than 700 containers were planted May 27 through June 17.   Weather Conditions: Weather conditions were a factor, especially in the early part of the summer. We had severe hail on June 7 that really damaged all the geraniums in the ground and in pots, as well as all the petunias that had been planted at that point in the ground. Two more hail storms with nickel-size hail occurred on June 10 and June 22. We had average rainfall in June and July with several major downpours.   Best In Show: Bracteantha ‘Strawburst Yellow’ from Syngenta Flowers   Best New Variety: Gomphrena ‘Fireworks’ from PanAmerican Seed   Top Five: 1. Ageratum ‘Patina Purple’ from Syngenta Flowers   2. Cleome ‘Senorita Rosalita’ from Proven Winners   3. Lobularia ‘Snow Princess’ from Proven Winners […]

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September 9, 2009

National Poinsettia Trials In 3 States

The National Poinsettia Trials, collaboration of the research and trialing efforts of three universities (the University of Florida, North Carolina State University and Purdue University),  one commercial site (Homewood Nursery, Raleigh, N.C.) and five commercial breeders (Paul Ecke Ranch, Dömmen, GroLink, Selecta First Class and Syngenta Flowers) will take place this year at different sites. Open houses will take place: – Wednesday, December 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Homewood Nursery –Wednesday, December 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.–Friday, December, 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.–Tuesday December 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla. The trials were established to provide an independent evaluation of the newest poinsettia cultivars being introduced. Individual poinsettia varieties require different production procedures in different regions, and these diverse trial location allow […]

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September 4, 2009

Visit Lucas Greenhouses For Mums

The industry is invited to attend Syngenta’s Yoder mums trials September 24 at Lucas Greenhouses in Monroeville, N.J. Mum breeder Mark Smith will be on hand to discuss new mum introductions and how they fit into existing mum programs. Attendees will learn about mum production and review best practices with technical staff, and George Lucas will be giving tours of Lucas Greenhouses. Two chrysanthemum white rust presentations will also be given. To RSVP for the event, e-mail [email protected] or call 800-344-7862 by September 10. On-site registration begins at 7 a.m. September 24, and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The trial garden is open from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lucas Greenhouses is located at 214 Whig Lane Road, Monroeville, NJ 08343. For driving directions, visit LucasGreenhouses.com. For more information about the event, go to SyngentaFlowersInc.com/Mums.

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