March 25, 2010

Spring Trials Slideshow Day 2: GroLink, Green Fuse, Fides, Flamingo Holland

Take a look inside our trip to California Spring Trials. On Day 2, we visited GroLink, Green Fuse, Fides and Flamingo Holland.

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March 25, 2010

Spring Trials Slideshow Day 6: Speedling, Schoneveld Twello, MasterTag, ABZ Seeds, Thompson & Morgan, Hem Genetics, Pacific Plug & Liner and Takii

Spring Trials Slideshow Day 6: Speedling, Schoneveld Twello, MasterTag, ABZ Seeds, Thompson & Morgan, Hem Genetics, Pacific Plug & Liner and Takii

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March 25, 2010

Spring Trials Slideshow Day 4: Greenheart Farms and Dömmen

Spring Trials Slideshow Day 4: Greenheart Farms and Dömmen

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March 25, 2010

Spring Trials Slideshow Day 3: John Henry, GGG, Florist De Kwakel, Northern Innovators, Skagit Gardens, Hort Couture

Take a look inside our trip to California Spring Trials. On Day 3, we visited John Henry, GGG, Florist De Kwakel, Northern Innovators, Skagit Gardens and Hort Couture.

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March 25, 2010

The New Varieties: California Spring Trials 2010

Spring Trials 2010: The New Varieties  Abutilon  Ageratum  Alcea   Alternanthera  Argyranthemum  Aster  Bacopa  Bidens  Buddleia  Bulbine  Calibrachoa  Centradenia  Centratherum  Chysothemis  Clerodendron  Coleus  Coreopsis  Cyclamen  Dahlia  Dianthus  Echinacea  Erysimum  Fuchsia  Gerbera  Helleborus  Hydrangea  Iberis  Impatiens  Lathyrus  Lindernia  Osteospermum  Pansies  Petunia  Phormium  Rose  Salvia  Sedum  Sutera  Verbena  Viola    

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March 25, 2010

Spring Trials Slideshow Day 5: Syngenta Flowers, Oro Farms, Danziger

Spring Trials Slideshow Day 5: Syngenta Flowers, Oro Farms, Danziger

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March 17, 2010

2010 Michigan Garden Plant Tour

Growers in Michigan have announced the details of the annual Michigan Garden Plant Tour designed to show how plants perform in a variety of settings, both outdoors and in containers. This year the tour runs August 2-13 at multiple locations. Growers participating include: C. Raker and Sons, Litchfield Four Star Greenhouses, Carleton Mast Young Plants, Grand Rapids Michigan State University, East Lansing Pell Greenhouses, Inc., Hudsonville Spring Meadow Nursery, Grand Haven Walters Gardens Inc., Zeeland Zylstra Greenhouses, Kalamazoo The 2010 Michigan State University Garden Plant Showcase will take place August 10 on the East Lansing campus. Find a map of locations and more information at http://planttour.hrt.msu.edu.

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March 3, 2010

Selecta’s Spring Trials Preview

Mohave ‘Dark Rose’ ‘Red White Eye’ verbena Selecta is excited about its 32 new and improved varieties for 2010-11. Here are a few to keep an eye out for: Namid ‘Golden Eye’ is a great addition to Selecta’s top-selling Namid bidens series. This variety has a unique bicolor flower with its golden yellow center and apricot flower petals. It has a more upright to mounding habit with large star-shaped flowers. It is great for pots and containers. Mohave ‘Dark Rose’ evolution is from the top-selling Mohave bracteantha line, which is known for its bold colors and great grower and consumer performance. For 2010-11, Selecta improved mohave ‘Dark Rose.’ The new variety fits the series better with better branching, a more controlled vigor and improved uniformity. Fuego ‘Red White Eye’ verbena cultivars have large flowers, broad dark-green foliage and a great outdoor performance. Fuego ‘Red White Eye’ is new for 2010-11. […]

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March 2, 2010

Springing For The California Trials

Greenhouse Grower Editor Delilah Onofrey will be on the road again this year with the University of Georgia’s Allan Armitage. Flower breeders, plant introducers and marketers are gearing up for another big California Spring Trials, April 10-16 at nearly 20 locations between San Jose and San Diego. Although the name has been in transition for some time, the California Pack Trials are now officially renamed the California Spring Trials, reflecting the evolution of the bedding plant industry beyond flats and packs. The lineup of participating companies has reshuffled significantly in terms of who is where this year. Ball Horticultural Co. is expected to be the biggest destination with displays now encompassing Kieft Seeds and Selecta in addition to Ball FloraPlant, Ball Ornamentals, Burpee and PanAmerican Seed. New attractions include a retail idea center, expanded outdoor displays, technical information and the opportunity to check out the first black petunia and a […]

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February 4, 2010

Conservatory Releases Field Trials Report

Coleus was king in 2009 at Franklin Park Conservatory’s field trials in Columbus, Ohio. Ball Horticultural’s newest coleus varieties ‘Trusty Rusty’ and ‘Redhead,’ as well as ‘Henna’ and ‘Mint Mocha’ were top performers, scoring excellent ratings for vegetative quality, flowering performance and overall presentation. Consumers also preferred coleus, making ‘Redhead,’ ‘Henna’ and ‘Mint Mocha’ three of the consumer’s choice award winners for 2009. When asked to choose three variety entries from the trials they would purchase, consumers routinely chose these coleus varieties. Also making the top consumer’s choice list were Ball Horticultural’s lantana ‘Lucky Pure Gold’ and Goldsmith Seeds’ rudbeckia ‘Tiger Eye.’ In addition to annuals, perennials were trialed in 2009. Consumers chose Benary’s Physostegia virginiana ‘Crystal Peak White’ as the perennial they were most likely to purchase. ‘Crystal Peak White’ scored high marks in the trials for abundant blooms from mid-July through mid-August. Preliminary results for the perennial trials […]

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January 20, 2010

Dutch Flower Trials Crossing Into Germany

Flower Trials, a weeklong European event in June for pot and bedding plant growers, will now cross the Dutch border and have a presence in Rheinland-Westfalen, Germany. The Flower Trials launched in 2003 when five pot and bedding plant companies came together. Now, the Flower Trials incorporate 31 member companies. Crossing into Germany means the Euro Trials there will no longer take place. For more information on the Flower Trials, visit FlowerTrials.nl.

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December 28, 2009

Sakata Skipping Spring Trials

Sakata, breeder of genetics like the SunPatiens series, Profusion zinnias and Festival gerberas, is changing its approach to marketing trials. Sakata will not take part in the 2010 California Spring Trials and will focus on multiple events at venues in both North America and Europe. Here is a snapshot of some of the marketing events Sakata is planning in 2010. December 2009–January 2010: Sakata Primula Trial, The Netherlands June 2010: Sakata Week 24 European Flower Trials, The Netherlands June 2010: Sakata Warm Crops Focus Event, Southeastern United States July 2010: OFA Short Course, Columbus, Ohio July 2010: Sakata Lisianthus Trial, Nagano Misato, Japan August 2010: Sakata Warm Crops Focus Event, Midwestern U.S. August 2010: Sakata Gerbera Focus Event, Midwestern U.S. September 2010: Sakata Cool Crops Focus Event, West Coast, U.S. September 2010: Sakata Gerbera Focus Event, West Coast, U.S. October 2010: Sakata Pansy Event, Holland November 2010: Sakata Autumn Pack […]

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