The Spring Trials in Andijk, the Netherlands, saw customers and media from around the world gather from April 30 to May 4 to see some of the innovations on offer in 2018.
The launch of the autumn and spring flowering Pansy Fino series was a major highlight; as was the Begonia Tophat – this F1 hybrid flowers two weeks earlier than the current standard and just keeps on going.
The ‘show area’ allowed guests to visit all of the 2018 highlights alongside the major assortment.
Meanwhile, in the USA, more than 1,000 growers, retailers, distributors and journalists visited the California Spring Trials (CAST).
From April 14-19, visitors from as far afield as New Zealand, Japan, India, Brazil and Thailand flocked to see Begonia Tophat alongside other floral gems. Just a few examples of the innovations on show include the Calliope geraniums, the new and improved dwarf Snapdragon Series for 2018 – the early-flowering Antirrhinum majus Snaptini – as well as several new perennials. Syngenta also showed new colours that have been added to well-known series. These included Gazania Big Kiss, Vinca Cora Cascade, Calibrachoa Callie and Viola Delta.
A few lucky customers were even invited into ‘the back room’ to preview some introductions for the coming season. They were able to see the new downy mildew-tolerant innovation, Impatiens walleriana Imara and the extra resistant Vinca Cora XDR.
In China, at IPM Beijing from May 10-12 and several open days at leading Syngenta customer Florascape, the focus was on the landscape potential of the Sunfinity sunflower. Visitors admired it for its endless flowering season and free-branching habit.
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