Part 2:

Sneak Peek California Spring Trials 2019

What to expect at the California Spring Trials 2019? At this week-long event held at various locations throughout California from March 23-27, breeders, growers and suppliers will showcase their newest varieties and products. In the coming weeks will highlight one product from each participating company in a series of five articles. 

In this edition, we show the top products from Danziger, Hem Genetics, Dümmen Orange, Benary, Suntory, American Takii and Varinova.

Danziger - Petunia AMORE King of Hearts

"Share your love with the beautiful blooms of AMORE Petunias." AMORE’s flowers feature five heart shapes outlined in bright hues. This stable, uniform series delivers stunning flower power that captures consumers' attention. Joining the series for 2020 is AMORE King of Hearts. "This gorgeous petunia boasts regal red and white blooms, with five perfect red hearts. King of Hearts flowers early with loads of large blossoms that show good resistance to rain. It features a compact, mounded habit and is recommended for quarts, baskets and combos. Each AMORE variety creates shopper-stopping hanging baskets and containers at retail. Share the power of love in the form of flowers with all the AMORE varieties including, new King of Hearts, new Fluttering Heart, new Pink, Queen of Hearts, Fiesta and Purple. They are the perfect garden gift!" (For more novelties of Danziger, visit Headstart Nursery, 4860 Monterey Road in Gilroy, CA 95020. Click here to email the company.)  

Hem Genetics - Patio-tomaat Plumbrella
Plumbrella are brand new genetics in patio tomatoes. The plum-shaped fruits of this determinate patio tomato are developing above the leaves and spreads like a blanket over the foliage, giving a striking presentation at point of sale. The plant and leaves are very heat tolerant. Plumbrella has a dwarf and compact plant habit, is growing up to 35 cm/14 in. tall and is suited for growing in 12-16 cm/4-6 in. pots. This variety is available in four attractive colors: red, orange, creamy-yellow, rosy-pink and a mixture. In Germany, Prumbrella received the 2018 Taspo Award. Exclusive distribution in Europe by Graines Voltz - France. (Visit Hem Genetics to see more novelties at Speedling, 2640 San Juan Highway, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045. Click here to email the company for more information.)  

Dümmen Orange - Roller Coaster Hot Pink 
Roller Coaster Hot Pink is a new introduction for 2020 from Dümmen Orange. "It offers an appealing texture of double, wavy-edged blooms. These medium-vigor New Guinea Impatiens are suited to finishing in larger containers for premium positioning, or in packs for landscape use. Intense hot pink flowers make this selection a showstopper at retail; it’s a perfect season-extender for late spring and early summer sales", says Lindsay Pangborn, the company's Marketing Manager. To see more novelties, like the Phlox Flame Pro Violet Charm (soft violet blooms with a delicate white star in the center) and 24KaraMum Bronze (extra-large gold/bronze flowers, long-lasting color, and a rounded habit ) (Visit Dümmen Orangeat 2585 Biddle Ranch Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, Click here to email the company for more information) 


Benary - BIG Begonia BIG Pink Bronze        
One of the highlights at Benary this year is the new BIG Pink Bronze Leaf. "It is a very popular and high impact colour and makes now 6 great colours in the series", says Gundala Wagner of Benary. "Renowned as an outstanding performer across the world this versatile begonia can be planted in sun or shade; is heat and rain tolerant; a prolific bloomer all summer long." (Visit Benary to see more novelties at 195 Paulsen Road, Watsonville, CA 95076. Click here to email the company for more information)  

Suntory - Surfinia Purple Starshine 
Suntory has brought more star power to petunias with Surfinia Purple Starshine! Bright purple flowers have a white star pattern. Habit is more mounded than classic Surfinia. In 2019, Suntory will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Surfinia petunias, which started Suntory Flowers. (Visit Suntory Flowers to see more novelties at GroLink at 4107 West Gonzales Road, Oxnard, CA 93036. Click here to email the company for more information).

American Takii - Zinnia F1 Preciosa 
At American Takii, Zinnia F1 Preciosa will be one of the highlights. It is a new series with more plants that are more compact and more branching while flowers are more double than Zinnia F1 Dreamland. Flowers are 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter and plants are 10 to 12 inches (25.5 to 30.5 cm) in height. Available in light yellow, yellow, pink, rose, scarlet, white and red as well as 2 mixes. (Visit American Takii to see more novelties at 301 Natividad Road, Salinas, CA 93906. Click here to email the company for more information.

On the left: Merita Deep Rosa. On the right: Merita Shine Red, Deep Rose, Purple. 

Varinova - Midi Cyclamen Merita Deep rose
The Midi Cyclamen Merita is an important highlight at Varino. It is a new cyclamen that is claimed to be very suitable for the US market. The pot size of this cyclamen is 10.5-12 cm/4”, the plant is compact, has large flowers, richly flowering, available in 12 colors of which 3 flamed and 3 shine colors. The new color is Deep Rose. (For more novelties of Varinova, visit Headstart Nursery, 4860 Monterey Road in Gilroy, CA 95020. Click here to email the company.)   


It is important to note that the closing date may vary from the official dates at some locations (click here to see the entire list of locations). Most locations are open 8 am - 5 pm, but if you are interested in visiting any of the locations, it is recommended (and sometimes required) that you make a reservation. Unlike last year, AmericanHort does not host the registration this year, for a selected number of companies one can register on

There is no fee to participate, but the trials are not open to the general public (only for businesses and their employees associated with the horticulture industry) and transportation and logistics are the responsibility of the attendee.

Is your company also participating in the California Spring Trials and would you like to put one of your products in the spotlight? Feel free to send us an email.


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