Part 3:

Sneak Peek California Spring Trials 2019

Just a couple of weeks left till the participants of the California Spring Trials 2019 open their doors. 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 a series of five articles, is highlighting one product from each participating company. In this third edition, we will show the top products from 5 companies; Terra Nova Nurseries, Hishtil, Kientzler, Cohen and Jaldety.

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.

Terra Nova Nurseries - ‘Red Threads’ 

Coleus TERRA NOVA ‘Red Threads’ features feathery, burgundy-red leaves that give this new variety a soft and fluffy look. This part- to full-shade annual works as a perfect filler for containers, summer borders and mass plantings because of its dense foliage and upright habit. The eye-catching variety would also make for a wonderful house plant addition. U.S.DA. Hardiness Zones for Coleus TERRA NOVA© ‘Red Threads’ are four to nine, and the variety has a mature plant height of 16”, and a width of 27”. (Visit Terra Nova Nurseries to see more novelties at the Pacific Plug and Liner site during CAST, 750 Casserly Road, Watsonville, CA 95076. Click here to email the company for orders or more information.)  


Hishtil - Lavendula ang. BeeZee

The Lavendula ang. BeeZee is a new lavendula of Hishtil. "It is a new hardy compact and exiting angustifolia series with similar characteristics and tons of flowers that will attract and keep bees busy during the long flowering season."

Kientzler - New Guinea Impatiens PARADISE Rococo
Kientzler ‘best of the best’ New Guinea breeding expands into Rococo ruffled flowers that look double to consumers. "This line is now available from Kientzler North America direct with great colors and improved varieties in terms of earliness and uniformity within the series." "(To see more novelties, like the two-colored Nemesia Fairy Kisses, visit Kientzler at Windmill Nursery at 925 W Hwy 246, Buellton, CA 93427, Click here to email the company for more information.) 

Jaldety - Senecio Crassissimus 
Senecio Crassissimus- a great additional texture and color plant. Upright, rounded evergreen succulent, with an attractive silver- green, purple margins, flat, fleshy foliage. Easy to grow, low maintenance, drought tolerance. Can be used for small landscape, garden planting, rock gardens, patio plant, excellent in patio containers and combinations with other succulents. (Visit Jaldety to see more novelties at Suncrest Nurseries, 400 Casserly Rd, Watsonville CA 95076, USA. Click here to email the company for more information)  

Cohen - Honey Pink Yellow Cloud
This variety is part of the growing Nemesia Honey series, bred by Breier. All the varieties have compact growth habits with special color combinations. They all fit basket and 10-12 cm pot production. For season 2019-2020 we will add 3 new varieties to this range – Dark Purple, Dark Red and Sky Blue.(Visit Cohen to see more novelties at at Suncrest Nurseries, 400 Casserly Rd, Watsonville CA 95076, USA. Click here to email the company for more information) 

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. 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.


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