Part 1:

Sneak Peek California Spring Trials 2020

What to expect at the California Spring Trials 2020? At this week-long event held at various locations throughout California from March 27-April 1, 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 9 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, and Wave.

Calibrachoa Cha-Cha™ Diva Hot Pink

Ball FloraPlant - Calibrachoa Cha-Cha Diva Hot Pink 
Cha-Cha is a new series that is 25% more vigorous than Cabaret® with large, cascading blooms. It’s easy to grow and very uniform in production with an early flowering time. Perfect for all pots, and it features the most vibrant colors, including two “chameleon” types.

Petunia Headliner™ Electric Purple Sky

Selecta One - Petunia Headliner Electric Purple Sky 
Headliner is quickly becoming growers’ first choice! This medium-vigor, mounded petunia series boasts early flowering for fast finish and a dramatic color range. NEW for spring 2021 are additions to the “Sky Family”: Electric Purple Sky catches the eye with vibrant color and popular sky pattern.


Foliage Celosia Sol™ Lizzard Leaf

PanAmerican Seed - Foliage Celosia Sol Collection 
Foliage celosia brings color and texture to containers and gardens. The Sol Collection launches with two varieties that produce relatively fast with no Downy mildew issues. Both hold well at retail and expand the options for consumers looking for sun-loving accent plants.

Pepper Armageddon

Burpee - Pepper Armageddon
Armageddon is the world’s first F1 hybrid super-hot chili measuring at 1.3 million scovilles. This gives a fantastic grower advantage in terms of improved plant vigor and fruit uniformity. It is the earliest maturing super-hot variety – at least 14 days earlier than the competition.


Brew-Tea-Ful Green Camellia

Ball Ingenuity - Brew-Tea-Ful Green Camellia

Gardeners can grow their own tea leaves at home! This is a great patio/container plant. Freshly made tea is much more flavorful and higher in antioxidants than tea that has been packaged and stored over time. Tea is produced by harvesting the tips of the branches and then drying the leaves. Bred by John Robb of Kulnara, New South Wales (NSW) in Australia, and offered exclusively through Ball Seed.

Petunia Easy Wave® Rose Fusion

Wave - Petunia Easy Wave Rose Fusion 
Always a standout in the petunia market, the Easy Wave series lets you bring in a wide array of decorator colors, like new Rose Fusion. The mid-rose colored blooms have a deep rose veins. It was named by our Wave Fan Club! Its 9-hour short-day flowering requirement creates early-season opportunities.


Echinacea Artisan™ Red Ombre

Kieft Seed - Echinacea Artisan Collection F1 
Elevates seed Echinacea to offer consistency of plant structure for uniform and highly branched, full plants. It also provides uniformity of flowering – all plants are ready to sell at the same time. Available in Red Ombre and Soft Orange.

L. stoechas Primavera

Darwin Perennials - L. stoechas Primavera 
A Spanish Lavender that will flower throughout Summer and Winter to extend the sales season. Can be programmed for very early flowering for markets in the deep south, or for summer sales in the north. It’s the most versatile of Spanish Lavender varieties.

Metalis® Cyclamen

Morel Diffusion - Metalis Cyclamen 
This new midi range of cyclamen features silvery foliage. Plants have exceptional evenness with round and vigorous growth, generous silverleaf, and distinctive contrasting. Available in an assortment of six colors and a mix.

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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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