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.
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.