NL: novelty assortment presented at PanAmerican Seed Spring Trials

Last week PanAmerican Seed organized their annual Spring Trials in Venhuizen, The Netherlands. Customers could visit the trials during this week, to see all introductions of this year and get a sneak-peak of what is coming-up for the years ahead. PanAmerican Seed also showed a trial of their recently introduced Impatiens Beacon Series, which is highly resistant to Impatiens downy mildew. Beacon has the same plant structure, flowering time, flower size and culture as traditional garden impatiens like Super Elfin.

From the overall responses, visitors showed special interest for the following products:

Campanula Campanella Lavender

The new bellflower series, Campanula Campanella features bigger blooms and fills the pot better with more flowers. The more vigorous plants are suitable for larger pots. Campanella is available in three beautiful and trendy colours: pink, blue and the unique lavender.

Left Lavandula Bandera Deep Purple, right Deep Rose

The Lavandula Bandera series is the first professional-quality seed stoechas series that produces quality comparable to vegetative varieties. The compact to medium habit offers good branching and uniformity, easily filling 10 to 18 cm pots. The plant flowers heavily on top, with a good secondary flush of flowers that overgrows the first flush. It is a self-cleaning series with a long flowering period, and the plants keep their dense, mounded habit without falling open.

This year two colours have been added to the Bandera series, Deep Rose and Deep Purple. These varieties complement the series, offering the same strong colours found in vegetative varieties, and Bandera Deep Rose has ‘the strongest rose colour from seed on the market’. Plus, both Deep Rose and Deep Purple feature habit and timing that match the Bandera series.

Left the Impatiens Beacon trial, right Salvia Salvatore Blue

Salvatore Blue is an attractive Salvia with a premium look, and it features the largest spikes and the deepest coloured calyx in Salvia nemorosa from seed. Salvatore Blue is more vigorous than PanAmerican Seed’s New Dimension Blue, making it better suited for 15 cm pots. Plus, it features striking black stems on well-branched plants. Salvatore Blue is ideal for annual and overwintering production, and it is possible to finish for early Spring with a 10-hour day length, which was previously only possible with vegetative varieties.

Calibrachoa Kabloom Orange

PanAmerican Seed expanded the Calibrachoa Kabloom Series to include six new colours and one improved variety, with the entire series now consisting of 9 beautiful colours total. All the Calibrachoa varieties are now supplied as Precision Multi-Pellets. This upgraded seed form provides reliable plug production, with uniform quality in plug trays and improved order fill rate – resulting in a great-performing product.

Kabloom is the first calibrachoa from seed and it allows you to schedule based on your needs, not on cutting availability dates. Best of all…grown side by side with vegetative varieties, it is impossible to tell the difference. The new colours in the series are Blue, Cherry, Coral, Light Pink Blast, Orange and Pink, plus the existing White variety has been improved.

Zinnia Zesty

Lastly the Zinnia Zesty series could count on lots of attention. Zesty has fully double flowers and excellent garden vigour. It produces bright colours all season long. All colours look impressive in containers, mixed combinations and borders. Besides that, Zinnia Zesty is irresistible for pollinators. It boosts five colours – Fuchsia, Pink, Purple, Scarlet and White and a mix.

To see the full list of 2020 new varieties, visit If you want to see these and many more new and existing varieties of PanAmerican Seed, please visit their FlowerTrials location in Rijsenhout, NL during FlowerTrials from June 11th – 14th.

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