November 22, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: Pike Creek Horticulture Center

  Pike Creek Horticulture Center, Gateway Technical College, Kenosha, Wis. Approximately 50 varieties were trialed at Pike Creek in 2013. Compared to last year’s extreme drought, the weather was a complete turnaround, with a cool spring and plenty of rain. The summer was mild with moderate temperatures in the 80s and few hot and humid days. Early August brought rains and night temperatures in the 40s and low 50s for a week.         Top Performers: Begonia ‘Breezy Pink’ Manihot esculenta ‘Variegata’ (variegated tapioca) Petunia ‘Easy Wave Plum Vein’ Petunia ‘Easy Wave White’  Rosa ‘Peach Drift’ (rose)    

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November 22, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: Missouri Botanical Garden

Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Mo. Like many other Midwestern trial locations, the spring began with cool temperatures. There was adequate rainfall for the first half of summer, but very little in July and August. However, this was not a concern because the trial beds holding 165 varieties of annuals are irrigated. Temperatures at 90°F and above prevailed the second half of the summer.           Top Performers: Canna ‘South Pacific Scarlet’ Gomphrena globosa Pinball Series Impatiens ‘Paradise Rococo Orange’ (New Guinea) Pentas lanceolata ‘Starcluster Lavender’ Petunia ‘Miniblast Rose’ Verbena ‘Lanai Candy Cane’

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Fuseables Burgandy Starlight Mix

November 22, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota, Morris, Minn. The annual flower trials at the University of Minnesota put certain varieties of annuals to the test under different Minnesota conditions to see how they perform.  Top Performers: Bacopa ‘Big Falls Dark Blue’ Begonia boliviensis ‘Santa Cruz Sunset’ Catharanthus ‘Cora Cascade Strawberry’ (vinca) Fuseables Burgundy Starlight Mix Pelargonium ‘Boldly Dark Red’ (inter-specific geranium) Plectranthus ‘Mastermind’ (coleus) Portulaca ‘Soleil Yellow’ Scaevola ‘Paper Doll Top Model’ Thunbergia ‘Lemon A-Peel’ Verbena ‘Temari Cherry Red’  

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November 22, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: Green Leaf Plants

Green Leaf Plants, Lancaster, Penn. Green Leaf evaluates 800 varieties of perennials, herbs, grasses, shrubs and annuals in its trial gardens. All plants are in the ground. Trials Manager Melanie Neff says the trials had a normal spring with a lot of rain and cool temperatures. The summer was also cooler than in the past few years.     Top Performers: Anemone Pretty Lady Series Clematis ‘Sapphire Indigo’ Delosperma Jewel of Desert Series Echinacea ‘Supreme Elegance’ Gaillardia Galya Spark Series Heucherella ‘Cracked Ice’ Physostegia ‘Pink Manners’

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November 22, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: Lucas Greenhouses

Lucas Greenhouses has been running trials for six years, mainly growing varieties from Syngenta. This year, Syngenta/Yoder mums, as well as some new introductions from Proven Winners and Danziger, were added. Trial Manager Jason Szymanski says the trial had unseasonably cool temperatures with “tropical-like” rain, at times getting 3 to 5 inches of rain within a few hours. 2013 Top Performers: Lavandula ‘Sweet Romance’ Petunia ‘Indian Summer’ Pentas Starcluster Series Verbena Twister Series Pennisetum ‘Sky Rocket’  

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November 22, 2013

Best Of Show: 2013 Field Trial Results

Greenhouse Grower asked trial managers to share which of the varieties they evaluated performed best, along with details about the weather conditions at their location. Seventeen trial managers responded, providing their best performers from hundreds of new (or recently new) varieties. This is a non-scientific poll, because not every location trialed every variety. However, there were a number of cultivars that appeared on the top performer list several times. Two varieties, Ball FloraPlant’s Angelonia ‘AngelMist Spreading Dark Purple’ and several cultivars of PanAmerican’s Zinnia Zahara series earned the most accolades. Varieties Appearing On Top Performer Lists At Least Twice: Begonia ‘Breezy Pink’ (Ball FloraPlant) Begonia ‘Dragone Dusty Rose’ (Dümmen) Catharanthus ‘Cora Cascade Strawberry’ (vinca) (Syngenta-Goldsmith) Catharanthus ‘Titan Burgundy Improved’ (vinca) (Ball FloraPlant) – not pictured Celosia Fresh Look Series (Benary) Gerbera ‘Garvinea Orangina’ (Florist Holland) Lobularia ‘White Knight’ (Proven Winners) Pennisetum ‘Vertigo’ (Graceful Grasses) (Proven Winners) Scaevola Fairy Series (Selecta) Verbena ‘Superbena Violet Ice’ (Proven Winners) Zinnia […]

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November 18, 2013

MSU’s Horticulture Gardens Celebrate 20 Years

Michigan State University marks the 20-year Anniversary for its Horticulture Gardens. The Trial Gardens help growers and gardeners choose the right plants, part of a gardening tradition that spans more than 150 years of history.

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October 18, 2013

Welby Gardens Finds Many Benefits In Having Its Own Trial Gardens

Running trial gardens used to be the primary responsibility of university horticulture departments and breeders. But the number of growers who are maintaining their own trials is increasing. Greenhouse Grower talked to Al Gerace, owner of Welby Gardens in Denver, Colo., about why he thinks it is worth the time and effort to have his own trial garden.

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July 16, 2013

Hot New Potted Plants And Tropicals From 2013 California Spring Trials

Each stop at Spring Trials offers exciting new plants and products and this year, that included a lot of new potted plants and tropicals varieties. Take a look at some of these unique new varieties you can put into next year’s program.

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May 13, 2013

Is Spring Trials The Best Way To Introduce New Genetics? [opinion]

Darth Gardener is the screen name of a greenhouse grower who comments on the industry on Twitter. This industry veteran grew up in a greenhouse and now works at an 80-person operation.  He shared some thoughts with us on the state of the industry, breeding and California Spring Trials.  GG: This spring on Twitter, you questioned the value of Spring Trials to the average grower. Why do you think Spring Trials might not be the best solution for marketing new varieties to growers? DG: It would be the best solution for marketing if I were flown to California first class, put up in the best hotels and chauffeured around in a limo the way I should be. Since that didn’t happen, it just struck me as funny that all this money was being spent by the breeders and the suppliers and distributors and people traveling to the Spring Trials; and, […]

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April 16, 2013

Ball Introduces Tough New Verbena Enduro And Geranium Double Take Series

A new verbena series named for its endurance and a geranium bred for its toughness are among the standouts at this year’s Ball Horticultural Spring Trials stop.  Geranium Double Take Series (Selecta) Double Take is a brand-new series from Selecta and is named for its double flowers that don’t shatter. To make the point at this year’s Spring Trials, Selecta had a large, blooming plant on a mechanical-bull-type rotating structure that shook the plant all day long. The flowers seemed to hold on tight. This series now includes four colors: Red, Pink, Scarlet and White. It has the heat tolerance of an interspecific hybrid and the shelf life of a zonal. The finished size is 12 to 14 inches tall and wide. Verbena Enduro Series (Ball FloraPlant) The Enduro series has the hardiness of Verbena ‘Homestead Purple’ with the additional benefit that it flowers steadily throughout the summer instead of […]

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April 12, 2013

Armitage’s Favorites at Green Fuse, Fides/Oro, Suntory, Westhoff, PAC And Cultivaris

Green Fuse Seeing Randy Uhl and Steve Jones at Green Fuse is always a pleasure. They are good people, honest as the day is long, and have worked very hard at making Green Fuse a mainstream breeding firm. Their Rex Begonia program is second to none, and they have added additional spectacular colors to their Shadow King line. I can’t see the market not reaching out for such beauty on the deck and patio. This is a great program – head and shoulders better than any similar programs we saw, and it just keeps getting better. Their First light program for perennials has great advantages to the grower in that their selections allow annualization (i.e. no cold necessary) for the greenhouse producer, but with plants that still perennialize in the landscape.  I believe with a little tweaking, this program will appeal to many growers. Fides/Oro Dahlias have always been a […]

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