Pelargoniums are part of Syngenta's core products, so they keep on improving varieties. They have introduced a number of improvements and new varieties this year.
Calliope (Pelargonium Interspecific)
The extensive Calliope range features many different varieties with long lasting colours and good garden performance. The Calliope Medium collection (13 cm pots) has been enhanced with the new colour Pink.
The Calliope Large collection (15 cm pots) has two additions: Coral and Deep Coral. Both the Calliope Medium and Large series are known for their wide range of colour options, large plants and all-season performance.
Tango Rose Mega Splash is a new colour in the Zonale assortment. Bred for high efficiency, Tangos are compact growing and suitable for mass-market production.
In the Compact Line, the popular Tiffany variety has been replaced with the more vigorous Tiffany Improved. The Bunny series is joined by the new varieties Rose Ice and Strawberry Ice.
Peltatum pelargoniums are trailing varieties and are therefore ideal for hanging baskets. Last year Syngenta introduced a host of improvements in this segment: now they are even better branched and more uniform in terms of earliness.
One of the additions is Amethyst, a new colour in the Temprano series, easily recognisable by its very bright pink blossoms. The Corriente collection welcomes two newcomers: Pink Bicolour and Dark Pink.
New petunia series
The company also introduces two new series of trailing Petunia from seed. The large-flowered FotoFinish and milliflora FlashForward are specially selected for shorter day length needs and a perfect habit for mass-market production.
FlashForward – plays well alone and with others
The second new introduction in this segment is the Petunia milliflora series FlashForward, which is being launched with eleven single colours and three mixes: White, Salmon, Coral, Red, Pink Glow, Pink, Burgundy, Lavender, Purple, Sky Blue, Blue, Cool Water Mix, Mix and Patriot Mix.
As the scientific name suggests, this is a Petunia with a multitude of miniature flowers. Plants in this series also need a very short cultivation period, and their durability is good.
FlashForward varieties are suitable for hanging baskets, mixed containers and premium pack programs.
Thanks to their lower day length sensitivity they flower extra early and are ready to sell in 9-10 weeks from sowing, even under short day conditions. These plants are easier to keep tidy at retail than traditional trailing Petunias and don’t overgrow companions in mixed plantings.
FotoFinish faster to the finish
This large-flowered Petunia pendula series is being launched in 2020 with eight single colours and two mixtures. It is characterised by an extremely short cultivation cycle. The plants provide extra-early flowering in 9-10 weeks from sowing, even under short day conditions, thanks to their lower day length sensitivity.
The mounded and branching habit of FotoFinish is ideal for high-density growing. They flower at the top of the plant at first for quick and easy shipping.
Thanks to close collaboration between breeder Eric Giesen and Floranova Petunia breeder Nadine Widdowson, more varieties will soon be available in these two colourful series of trailing Petunias.