As of June 1st, 2018, Sakata is simplifying its SunPatiens product offer and consolidating into two distinct series: Compact, which include varieties that are ideally suited for warmer climates and high-density production; and Vigorous, which includes varieties that maintain the strong branching feature of the Compact series, but offer a more robust growth habit that is frequently desired in cooler (Northern) and/or drier climates. Several of the previously named Spreading SunPatiens have been renamed and will now be sold as Vigorous SunPatiens. The goal is to simplify product selection and increase customer satisfaction.
What SunPatiens series is right for my market?
Compact SunPatiens have proven their garden performance in all markets, including Canada. Market feedback has demonstrated that SunPatiens tolerate cooler temperatures far better than traditional New Guinea Impatiens, but their amazing growth is somewhat limited until night temperatures consistently reach around 52oF. In certain markets that might equate to early-June before their impressive performance really kicks-in.
For customers who have experienced success with Compact SunPatiens, there is no reason to “fix what isn’t broken.” However, for markets expressing concerns over lack of early performance, Sakata recommends Vigorous SunPatiens.
What is the key behind the success of SunPatiens and how can growers ensure home gardeners reap the rewards?
SunPatiens deliver on the promise that consumers are searching for… Flowers that Flourish in Sun or Shade, Rain or Shine. It’s extremely rare that a single product can meet the expectations of professional landscapers in Miami, Florida, as well as home gardeners in Toronto, Canada, and urban millennials in San Francisco, California.
The tremendous sales growth growers have experienced in the past is facing a serious challenge, however. The past few years have seen a significant increase in promoting SunPatiens in jumbo-packs and smaller pots. While the high-density packaging can offer increased value to the end consumer, the tendency for over-application of plant-growth regulation (PGR) has increased dramatically. This past season Sakata has experienced an increase in the amount of calls regarding stalled or stagnant plants that lack the traditional vigor SunPatiens have demonstrated in the past. Follow-up with multiple growers across the country has revealed an alarming misconception regarding proper PGR rates for controlling plant growth during production.
Many growers are unknowingly utilizing applications, like Bonzi drenches at 0.50 ppm for example, which is ten-times (10x) the recommended rate. SunPatiens are extremely sensitive to PGRs and misapplications can result in stunted growth that last for more than 5-weeks; completely counteracting the very performance that has made SunPatiens one of the most successful bedding plants ever introduced. While it may appear to be a minor error in the chemical mixing process, the impact can have a long-lasting negative impact, both on this season as well as on future sales. It only takes a few moments to confirm the correct dosage and to verify your customers will get the maximum performance out of their SunPatiens purchase. A complete guide to growing SunPatiens including PGR recommendations is available at www.SakataOrnamentals.com .