With six colors and two mixes available, you should have plenty of options to choose from for PanAmerican Seed’s Beacon Impatiens, which is highly resistant to impatiens downy mildew. These impatiens are similar in habit to Super Elfin impatiens. PanAmerican Seed has sampled them around the world and has entered them in 40 to 50 university trials for even more field performance testing. Full global sales will launch in Jan. 2020.
Beacon Impatiens have a lot of breeding work behind them to bring them to market and offer a solution to a problem that has plagued this once-popular bedding annual. In recognition of this breakthrough, PanAmerican Seed plant to shine a light on lesser known diseases that affect humans by donating 3% of Beacon Impatiens global sales to support a different charity each year. This year, PanAmerican Seed chose Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), also known as brittle bone disease, which is a group of genetic disorders that mainly affect the bones. It results in bones that break easily.
Check out this video where Lisa Lacy, Senior Global Product Manager – NA Eastern Region for PanAmerican Seed, talks about the science behind the Beacon Impatiens while onsite at Ball Horticultural during California Spring Trials 2019.