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Picking the perfect annuals for quart production

It’s a simple fact, genetics that are easier to grow can help grow profits. If a variety requires less time and less interference, labor and supply costs can be significantly reduced. That’s why Danziger is working to develop varieties that do just that; lower input, increasing grower efficiency and profitability.

Compact annual varieties that stay compact naturally, require less PGR use and provide more profit per square foot. Several varieties in Danziger’s line-up have been bred specifically for compact growth habits, making them perfect for quart (12 cm container) production. These annual and bedding plants feature big color in smaller packages. They provide great performance with less grower interference and offer maximum potential at retail.

“Choosing the right varieties for the container can make a grower more profitable immediately,” says Mike Fernandez, market manager, Danziger North America. “That’s why we’re focusing on helping growers understand the best use for each of our varieties. Armed with this information and our research offering specific growing recommendations, it is easier for growers to create quarts that look great at point-of-sale. It really can save growers time and money.”

Capella Petunia series
The Capella Petunias series performs well in propagation, blooms early enough for any petunia program and requires little to no PGR use. Growing Capella can be more efficient and profitable.

“One of the great features of Capella is that it stays compact at the point-of-sale,” says Lisa Heredia, marketing and key accounts at Danziger North America. “Retailers can put more product on display in the same amount of space. Yet, when the consumer takes it home, it continues to grow and perform. This series really checks all the boxes for the perfect petunia.”

Capella is available in eight colors including Neon Pink and Ruby Red.

Vanessa Compact Verbena series
The Vanessa Compact Verbena series brings season-long color in a compact form. Danziger tests verbena around the world. Only varieties that show excellent mildew resistance and consistent flowering are chosen to be part of the series. Each of the ten varieties of Vanessa Compact stay clean and won’t cycle out of flower.

Vanessa Compact is available in solid and bicolor varieties including Lime, Lavender and Neon Pink.

Colibiri Calibrachoa series
Colibri is the perfect calibrachoa choice for quarts (12 cm pots). This tidy, high-performing series is naturally compact, requiring very little PGR use. This attribute makes growing Colibri that much easier. Bred with the needs of both growers and gardeners in mind, Colibri provides loads of blooms and good branching for retail displays, then continues to grow and bloom in the home garden.

Compact and colorful, Colibri is available in nearly a dozen different hues, including Cherry Lace, Yellow Canary and Orange.

Pazzaz Nano Portulaca
If you’re looking for compact color that can take the heat, pick Pazzaz Nano Portulaca for your quart production. This series creates a ball of color with blooms that stay open longer during the day. Pazzaz Nano is a sun-loving series that can be a great season extender. It’s available in five colors including Candy Pink, Orange and Fuchsia.

“We’re focused on creating solutions for growers,” adds Fernandez. “We believe that partnering with Danziger offers the plant varieties, growing expertise and service that creates time-saving programs that can drive profitability.”

Check out the tech tips for growing in quarts (12cm) containers.


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