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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 the 10 companies of Ball Horticultural Company. At their PanAmerican Seed Research Facility (335 South Briggs Road, Santa Paula, CA 93060), they will have the following companies presenting their products from March 23-26: Ball FloraPlant, Ball Ingenuity, Burpee®, Darwin Perennials, Kieft Seed, Morel Diffusion, PanAmerican Seed, Selecta One, Star® Roses and Plants, Wave®.

Ball FloraPlant - Petunia ColorRush Merlot Start

Petunia ColorRush Merlot Start

The ColorRush series is notable for its big vigor and big garden performance. The mounds of blooms hold up in the heat and rain, and the series has a range of bright, eye-catching colors and novelties, such as new Merlot Star.

Selecta One - Petunia Headliner Dark Saturn

Petunia Headliner Dark Saturn

This new novelty in the Headliner series features a deep, velveteen purple center with a creamy yellow halo. These petunias make perfect baskets and pots, and boast early flowering for a fast finish with dramatic color.

Burpee - Sweet Pepper Roulette

Sweet Pepper Roulette

Get the signature look and taste of a habanero without any of the heat! Peppers start green and mature to red, where they are at their best flavor. Create tasty salsas, chilis, jellies and other recipes tear-free.

Wave Petunias - Spreading Petunia Wave Carmine Velour

Spreading Petunia Wave Carmine Velour

Here’s the latest Wave petunia named an All-America Selections Winner. The plant’s vivid, hot carmine-cherry color is bright in the landscape, where it spreads in a vigorous carpet of blooms. The Wave brand celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2020; new award-winning colors build excitement!

PanAmerican Seed - Impatiens Beacon

Impatiens Beacon

Beacon exhibits high resistance to Plasmopara obducens, the cause of Impatiens downy mildew. The series has a plant structure, flowering time, flower size and crop culture similar to the Super Elfin® series, so it is easy to incorporate into production planning. For fast-filling season-long color, you can rely on Beacon to thrive in gardens and landscapes.

Kieft Seed - Leucanthemum Madonna

Leucanthemum Madonna

Madonna offers better uniformity in height and habit over its competition, with hardiness to Zone 5a. This shasta daisy features excellent vigor and leaf quality during production for optimal finishing in quarts to large containers using multiple plugs.

Darwin Perennials -  Digitalis Arctic Fox Rose

Digitalis Arctic Fox Rose

New Arctic Fox Rose is a beautiful hybrid digitalis that offers Winter hardiness to Zone 5 along with season-long flowering in a vibrant color for your perennial garden.

Ball Ingenuity - Hydrangea macrophylla Kanmara

Hydrangea macrophylla Kanmara

A new generation of hydrangea with large, majestic blooms. New for 2020 is Kanmara Blue, which radiates glamour and is sure to steal the show. Use these patio hydrangeas on the terrace, doorstep or balcony. Flowers well into late-Summer or Fall.

Star Roses and Plants - Rose Pretty Polly

Rose Pretty Polly

Available in lavender, pink and white, this polyantha rose has excellent flowering from Spring through Fall. It maintains a very pleasing compact habit in the landscape and is nearly thornless.

Morel Diffusion - Cyclamen Indiaka

Cyclamen Indiaka

A totally unique bicolor cyclamen, the Indiaka series has more heat resistance with an intense coloring. The contrast between the petals’ white base and its vibrant color at the tip of the flower makes a stunning show. Spice up your gardens, homes and outdoor areas with four beautiful colors.

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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