May 29, 2009

New Varieties Guide 2009: Golden State Bulb

Golden State Bulb Located at scenic Moss Landing between Watsonville and Monterey, Golden State Bulb has been teaching growers how to produce calla lilies for more than 20 years. Demonstration trials show results of production methods. Examples include putting multiple tubers in a pot, using smaller tubers, the effects of growth regulator applications and comparing fertility regimes. For growers new to producing callas, they can begin with selections identified as best for each pot configuration. In addition to bringing callas to the United States, Golden State Bulb has an 80-year tradition producing tuberous begonias. Forms range from giant-flowered to ruffled, pendulous, rose-form, upright, picotee and scented. Golden State also is the only producer in the world of the Narcissiflora begonia with daffodil-shaped flowers. Other innovative bulb crops include Caribbean Jewels Scilla peruviana, Pineapple Lily (eucomis) and amaryllis Belladonna/Naked Lady. INTRODUCTIONS – Amaryllis Belladonna–Callafornia Callas–’Alpine,’ ‘Super Mac,’ ‘Pink Diamond’ and ‘Gold […]

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May 29, 2009

New Varieties Guide 2009: Dömmen

Dömmen Dömmen is the market leader in making combination plantings easy for growers. For several years, growers have been experiencing the benefits of the Confetti Garden liner program, with three different cuttings rooted in one Ellepot. In addition to enhancing quality and consistency, growers save labor and no longer have to worry if the various cuttings will arrive together to assemble combos. Dömmen has taken this concept to the next level by allowing growers to buy the Confetti Garden combinations as unrooted cuttings. Growers receive the cuttings to assemble 400 combination planters at once in a box. Two new eyecatching Confetti Garden combinations are Patriot in red, white and blue, and Lavender Spring in beautiful pastels. This was a big year for new varieties and genuses, including: Phloxy Lady phlox, Aretes fuchsias, Bahia bacopas, Summertime Swing trailing osteospermums and Grandiosa geraniums, a cross with Regals. Cuttings will be produced in […]

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May 29, 2009

New Varieties Guide 2009: Greenheart Farms

Greenheart Farms Greenheart Farms in Arroyo Grande is known for propagating vegetable transplants and rose liners and is adding more ornamental crops. The company purchased cyclamen producer Mesa Magic Nursery in 2008. New at the trials was a comparison trial of all the leading cyclamen varieties. Another new crop for Greenheart is hibiscuses. The Sunny Cities series boasts large flowers on compact plants in Apricot, Orange, Pink, Red, Yellow and White. Sunny Cities are ideal in 4-inch pots and finish in 10-12 weeks with one pinch. Plants were bred in Holland but licensed through Bosgraaf Greenhouse in Michigan. Another new tropical crop is nandinas from tissue culture. Key rose lines shown at the trials include the Balconia Collection from Kordes for baskets, planter boxes and landscapes. The Veranda Collection, which resembles English garden types, are ideal for patio pots. My Bouquet roses are a cross between a minature rose and […]

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May 29, 2009

New Varieties Guide 2009: PlantHaven

PlantHaven Plant Haven celebrated its new varieties as works of art with artistic canvasses depicting the varieties displayed with the plants. As an independent breeder’s agency, PlantHaven looks for plants that are special and matches them with licensed growers for propagation. As artists, the breeders hail from all over the world. Most are independent specialists. Some are hobbyists, and in some cases, the variety may be a sport a grower discovered. Last year’s big discovery was the Royal Hawaiian colocasias from the University of Hawaii, which won our Editor’s Choice award. Being a unique company, PlantHaven exhibits at a unique garden center–Island View Nursery in Carpinteria, Calif. PlantHaven’s offerings blur the lines between annuals, perennials and shrubs, as well as tropical and hardy plants. They are versatile in how they can be used in containers or in landscapes and expand the plant palette with high quality offerings. Nothing is a […]

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May 29, 2009

New Varieties Guide 2009: Paul Ecke Ranch

Paul Ecke Ranch Recognizing that retailers are driving the selection of plant material, Paul Ecke Ranch presented its varieties in retail vignettes, so buyers can visualize the plants in stores ranging from an independent garden center to a box store or the floral department of a supermarket. Ecke Ranch is really rallying behind Sunpatiens impatiens bred by Sakata. This is the first year the varieties will not be exclusive to Home Depot and are open for distribution. Most people were skeptical but Sunpatiens have proven themselves in the sun all over the world, including Miami. Responding to drought conditions and interest in low maintenace, Ecke Ranch introduced a Painted Dunes collection including Acapulco agastaches. As one of the first companies to introduce osteospermums to U.S. growers, Ecke Ranch conducted an extensive comparison trial. The company also introduced a white poinsettia, ‘Polar Bear,’ that will support Polar Bear International. INTRODUCTIONS –Acapulco […]

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May 29, 2009

New Varieties Guide 2009: Syngenta Flowers

Editor’s Note: The New Varieties Guide printed as part of our June issue mistakenly omitted Syngenta Flower’s seed new varieties. That information is included here. Syngenta Flowers Astounded by market response to rooted combo liners, like Dömmen and Selecta have been offering, Syngenta has trialed its extensive genetics to see which ones will work best as Kwik Kombos liners. “We didn’t realize the box store growers would embrace this, but there has been tremendous response,” says Syngenta Flowers’ Harvey Lang. “They want to simplify combo plantings. Problems occur when cuttings don’t arrive together for sticking crews. Growers are willing to pay more up front for the input because it will pay off later. Syngenta also is positioning its new geraniums that are ivy-zonal crosses as hybrid geraniums to consumers and the trade. The goal is to position them as a whole new class. Last year’s big hit was ‘Calliope Red,’ […]

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May 29, 2009

New Varieties Guide 2009: Speedling

Speedling Greenex, which represents kalanchoe breeder Jepsen, showed a new subseries in the Queen collection called African with a different type of darker foliage and outstanding outdoor performance. We were surprised to learn Jepsen obtained a utility patent on the double-flowered kalanchoes when Fides was first on the market with Calandivas, but did not pursue the patent. Greenex’s Torben Pederson says they have a friendly relationship with Fides but wanted to block others from entering the market. Another big line Greenex represents is Sunny osteospermums. A new color, ‘Evita,’ changes from white to blue. Schoneveld Twello introduced three new cyclamen series, including the silver-leafed Picassos and Da Vincis. The new Allure series finishes 10 days faster than Macro. Hem Genetics focuses on naturally dwarf annuals. Its latest breakthrough is the Twinny dwarf double snapdragons, with the award-winning peach. GGG GRÃœNEWALD – Euryops ‘Double Sunshine Silver’–Impassion osteospermums–eight new colors–Starlia dahlias HEM […]

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May 29, 2009

New Varieties Guide 2009: Benary

  Benary German flower breeder Benary is really promoting its FastraX program of first-year flowering perennials and has developed a savings analysis tool, so growers can compare the costs of a FastraX input and schedule compared to a traditional vernalized perennial plug. Eleven new varieties joined the FastraX program, including: achilleas ‘Noblessa’ and ‘Goldie,’ armeria ‘Morning Star White,’ delphinium ‘Summer Cloud,’ dianthus ‘Flavora Rose Shade,’ eryngium ‘White Glitter,’ geum ‘Koi,’ Filou gypsophilas, physostegia ‘Crystal Peak White’ and prunella ‘Bella Blue.’ In annuals, Benary showed comparison trials in pentas and fibrous begonias, two signature crops. One new series is Las Vegas gomphrenas with taller plants compared to the more compact Buddies. Colors are Purple, Pink and White. As a landscape item, plants are very heat and drought tolerant. The biggest news came a few weeks later, when Benary acquired key Bodger Seed lines. INTRODUCTIONS –Achilleas ‘Nobelessa’ and ‘Goldie’–Aquilegia ‘Spring Magic Yellow’–Armeria […]

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May 29, 2009

New Varieties Guide 2009: Suntory

Suntory Twenty years ago Suntory, a global company primarily focused on food, beverage and lifestyle industries, discovered an amazing petunia it bred and introduced as Surfinia, a vigorous vegetative petunia. Surfinia swept the world like a tsunami, creating the beginning of a whole new class of petunias, commanding a premium unheard of in seed counterparts. The next class of annuals to be revolutionized was verbena, with the vegetatively produced Tapien and Temari series, making stunning groundcovers and baskets. Then came a whole new genus with Million Bells calibrachoa. This line was a huge successs Calibrachoas are generically referred to as Million Bells. Many of these early varieties were also incorporated into the Proven Winners brand. To commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the Suntory Collection, we are proud to present Suntory Corporation with our Industry Achievement award as part of our Medal of Excellence program. INTRODUCTIONS –Helichrysum ‘Silver Leaf Yellow’ –Million […]

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May 29, 2009

New Varieties Guide 2009: Plug Connection

Plug Connection If you want to visit a neutral company that works with just about all the flower breeders, Plug Connection in Vista is the place. In addition to facilitating a comprehensive trial in new varieties against others on the market, the company selects vegetative crop categories to trial. This year it was petunias ranging from the small-flowered to large ones in all color classes. Pack Trials is a great opportunity for Plug Connection to showcase its collections of offerings, which are expanding. New this year is the Mosaics collection of succulents, which were presented in a giant living wall, in combination plantings, pots, liner trays and even whimsical topiaries. Now in its third year, Plug Connection’s Organiks certified organic line of vegetables and herbs is taking off with licensed growers, including Sunbelt Greenhouses in Georgia, Armstrong Growers in California and Tanasacres Nursery in the Northwest. INTRODUCTIONS –Adessa angelonias in […]

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May 29, 2009

New Varieties Guide 2009: Booman Floral

Booman Floral Booman Floral in Vista, Calif., is a true niche producer, specializing in more than 60 varieties of Rex begonias, known more for their colorful foliage than flowers. They are sorted into collections by leaf size, leaf patterns and vigor. While 18 plants in the Great American Cities series offer the most uniform finish, Patio begonias are tough plants that resist abuse and neglect. The Constellation series features paint-splashed leaves. Another key product line with a lot of point-of-sale potential is Booman Floral’s collection of carniverous plants, which include Pitcher Plant, Octopus Plant, Starfish Plant and Venus Flytrap. Booman has designed a clever, easy-to-assemble die-cut model of a cardboard snake head that sticks out of the display unit, which is a retail-ready box that holds 24 plants in plastic cases. The company is specializing in a few flowering plant lines, too, including streptocarpus and tropical-looking clivias in shades of […]

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May 29, 2009

New Varieties Guide 2009: Ball Horticultural Co.

Ball Horticultural Co. This was a big year for Wave petunias with exciting introductions and mixes. Three new Easy Waves are Burgundy Star, Violet and Plum Vein. New mixes with these colors are Starfish Mix and Plum Pudding. Denim is a new Shockwave, with colors that fade and become stonewashed, just like your favorite blue jeans. The biggest vegetative introduction is Breathless euphorbia in White and Blush. While White is comparable to Proven Winners’ ‘Diamond Frost,’ Blush offers dark foliage and subtle pink striping in the flowers. Another one that caught a lot of attention is osteospermum ‘Voltage Yellow,’ which is two weeks earlier than others but lasts longer through the summer. Other key seed introductions include the Versa coleus series in six colors, which can be planted in sun or shade, and two All-America Selections winners–zinnia ‘Zahara Starlight Rose’ and ‘Mesa Yellow,’ the first F1 hybrid gaillardia from seed. […]

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