April 16, 2014

Armitage On New Introductions From Ball Horticultural Co., Fides Oro And Green Fuse Botanicals, On The Final Day Of California Spring Trials

Allan Armitage recaps Day 6 of the 2014 California Spring Trials, discussing Bounce impatiens, Kabloom calibrachoas, Cannova callas, Vernique veronica, Madrid Gold lavender and more new varieties.

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April 16, 2014

Variety Highlights From Ball Horticultural Co., Fides-Oro, Ecke Ranch And Green Fuse Botanicals

The sixth and final day of the 2014 California Spring Trials saw Greenhouse Grower editors wrapping up the week with hundreds of beautiful new varieties at Ball, Fides-Oro, Ecke Ranch and Green Fuse Botanicals. Check out these beauties!

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April 9, 2014

Syngenta Displays Vegetables The Way Consumers Want To Use Them

Veggies were a big feature of the tour at Syngenta Flowers’ California Spring Trials stop, where Greenhouse Grower editors visited Monday. Jeanine Bogard, Syngenta’s business product manager, highlighted four types of veggie gardens that demonstrate how today’s consumers will likely use vegetables.

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April 8, 2014

Variety Highlights From Syngenta Flowers, SHS Griffin And Proven Winners [Slideshow]

The Greenhouse Grower editors hit the trail hard again on Monday, April 7. Here are the fabulous new varieties we saw at Syngenta Flowers, SHS Griffin and Proven Winners.

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February 4, 2014

Costa Farms’ Season Premier Trials Shows Off Cool New Plants, Products And Ideas

Check out the highlights of Costa Farms 2014 Season Premier Trials, including new varieties for 2015 and new marketing concepts.

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November 25, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: Welby Gardens

Welby Gardens tests 260 varieties of outdoor annuals, All-America Selections and vegetables. There were 669 containers of annuals this year. Weather this season was very sporadic for Colorado, with one week very hot, followed by a cool, wet week. This pattern continued all summer.       Top Performers: Best Outdoor Performance Canna ‘South Pacific Scarlet’ Celosia ‘Celway Orange’ Tagetes ‘Bali Yellow’ (marigold) Tagetes ‘Moon Song Orange’(marigold) Zinnia ‘Profusion Double Hot Cherry’ Best Container Performance Begonia ‘Solenia Orange’ Celosia ‘Intenz’ Dahlia ‘XXL Veracruz’ Lobelia ‘Oceano’ Pelargonium ‘American White Splash Improved’ Petunia ‘Flash Mob Bluerific’ Plectranthus ‘Kong Jr. Rose’ (coleus) Plectranthus ‘Under The Sea King Crab’ (coleus) Rudbeckia ‘Gold Rush’ Scaevola ‘Fairy Blue’

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November 25, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City, Okla. Weather conditions during the trials were much more moderate (with a wet July) than the previous two summers. More than 75 flower varieties, both seed and vegetative, are trialed at OSU. Top Performers: Angelonia ‘Serenita Raspberry’ Celosia ‘Fresh Look Orange’ Crossandra ‘Orange Marmalade’ Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ Gazania ‘LoGro Bronze’ Plectranthus ‘Sedona Color Blaze’ (coleus) Tagetes erecta ‘Mum Lemon’ (marigold) Zinnia ‘Lilac Rose’ Zinnia ‘UpTown Grape’

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November 25, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: Dallas Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum, Dallas, Texas The Dallas Arboretum has a large trial garden with 1,010 total entries: 726 in-ground and 284 in hanging baskets or containers. Spring was unusually long (12 weeks) with pleasant temperatures and enough rain. Summer was short with highs in the 100s for a few weeks. The average summer temperatures were in the mid 90s. Top Performers: Ageratum ‘Artist Blue’ Aloe humilis ‘Hedgehog’ Begonia ‘Ikon Bronze’ Chrysocephalum ‘Silver Leaf Yellow’ Lantana Santana Series Lobularia ‘White Knight’ Lobularia ‘White Stream’ Nicotiana ‘Only The Lonely’ Portulaca Cupcake Series (purslane) Scaevola ‘Blue Fan’ Scaevola ‘Romeo’      

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November 25, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: University of Tennesse (Knoxville)

University of Tennessee Gardens, Trial Location #1, Knoxville, Tenn. The University of Tennessee tests 300 annual and perennial herbaceous varieties. Trials Manager Beth Willis reports unusual and trying weather conditions due to abnormally high amounts of rainfall. By mid-July the area had received its full typical annual rainfall. By the end of the growing season, rainfall was 6 inches higher than average. Temperatures were also slightly cooler than normal, with only a few days reaching more than 90°F. The average maximum temperature was 1.4 degrees lower than the historical average.   Top Performers: Angelonia ‘AngelMist Spreading Dark Purple’ Begonia ‘Fire Balls’ Capsicum ‘NuMex Twilight’ Dahlia ‘XXL Hidalgo’ Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ Euphorbia ‘Star Dust Super Flash’ Ipomoea ‘Bright Ideas Rusty Red’ Lysimachia ‘Goldilocks’ Pennisetum ‘Fireworks’ (Graceful Grasses) Petunia ‘Shock Wave Denim’    

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November 25, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: University of Tennessee (Jackson)

  University of Tennessee, Trial Location #2, Jackson, Tenn. Unusual weather conditions prevailed in the University of Tennessee’s second trials location as well, due to abnormally high amounts of rainfall. Jackson is located between Memphis and Nashville.Temperatures were also slightly cooler than normal, with only a few days reaching more than 90°F. Average maximum temperature was 1.6 degrees lower than the historical average. Top Performers: Angelonia ‘AngelMist Spreading Dark Purple’ Artemisia ‘Parfum d’Ethiopia’ Capsicum ‘NuMex Twilight’ Catharanthus ‘Titan Burgundy Improved’ (vinca) Dendranthema ‘Fireworks Igloo’ Echinacea ‘Colorburst Orange’ Impatiens ‘Divine Orange Bronze Leaf’ Pelargonium ‘Timeless Orange’ Verbena ‘Superbena Violet Ice’          

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November 25, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: Louisiana State University

Louisiana State University, Hammond, La.  Like many trial gardens in the Southeast, weather conditions during the trials were unseasonably cool in the spring. Late frosts were reported, with the summer temperatures becoming moderate with average rainfall.     Top Performers: Acalypha ‘Kapiolani Bronze’ Caryopteris ‘Good As Gold’ Hibiscus acetosella ‘Sahara Sunset’ Otomeria O’Premiera Series Plectranthus ‘Golden Dreams’ (coleus) Plectranthus ‘Kong Jr Scarlet’ (coleus) Rosa ‘Fruit Punch’ (shrub rose) Salvia farinacea ‘Rebel Child’  Verbena ‘Enduro White Blush’ Zinnia ‘Zahara Uptown Grape’    

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November 25, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: University of Georgia

University Of Georgia Trial Gardens, Athens, Ga. Trial Manager Meg Green says the summer was the most unusual of any in the past decade or more. Lower-than-normal temperatures in the high 80s and abundant rain (almost to the point of too much) marked the spring season for this intensely planted garden. Between 800 to 900 cultivars of annuals are trialed here, along with some perennials. Despite concerns about disease, Green says she saw very little evidence of it. In late summer, the rain stopped and temperatures soared past 90°F. However, nearly all of the plants continued to thrive. Top Performers: Acalypha ‘Inferno’ Caladium ‘Summer Breeze’ Gomphrena ‘Las Vegas Purple’ Hibiscus ‘Panama Red’ Impatiens ‘SunPatiens Compact HotCoral’ (in sun) (New Guinea) Plectranthus ‘Stained Glassworks Luminesce’ (coleus)        

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