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CAST off to a blooming start!

Despite the California Spring Trials officially starting today, several locations already welcomed the first visitors on Monday and Tuesday. Special buses for a "preview" were driving around. "It indicates that everyone is looking forward to seeing and visiting a "normal" CAST again", says René Knijn of Hem Genetics who welcomed the first visitors already. So, today, CAST officially starts and will run till April 3. 

René Knijn is busy with the last preparations. 

On display at Hem Genetics, several varieties including their novelty Petunia Yellow Lime - shown in this Pastel Mixture below which- can also be admired there.

For many years, Hem Genetics is participating at CAST, and this year, they are presenting their varieties at the Green Fuse Botanicals' new facility in a lemon orchard, the Green Fuse Grove in Somis, about 12 miles away from the former facility. At this location also  Beekenkamp, Schoneveld, Vitroflora and Westhoff will be present. 

First visitors before the official opening of CAST. 

In total, there will be 10 locations to visit by appointment. Below an overview of the locations (from North to South) and the companies that are presenting their varieties at the locations.

1, Danziger (4860 Monterey Road - Gilroy, CA 95020
- Danziger

2. Syngenta Flowers (2280 Hecker Pass Highway - Gilroy, CA 95020)
- Syngenta Flowers
- ThinkPlans

3. Benary (195 Paulsen Road - Watsonville, CA 95076)
- BenaryPlus

4. Suncrest Nurseries (400 Casserly Road - Watsonville CA 95076)
- Cohen
- Hishtil
- Jaldety
- Kamel
- Nir Nursery
- Prudac
- Pure Line Seeds

5. American Takii (301 Natividad Road - Salinas, CA 93906)
- American Takii
- Hilverda Florist
- Sahin

6. Sakata Seed America (105 Boronda Road - Salinas, CA 93907)
- Sakata Seed
- Kientzer

7. Dümmen Orange (1850 Calle Joaquin - San Luis Obispo, CA 93405)
- Dümmen Orange

8. Santa Barbara Polo Club (3300 Via Real - Carpinteria, CA 93013)
- Green Trade Horticulture
- PP&L
- PlantHaven
- Southern Living
- Sunset
- Suntory
- Vivero Internacional

9. Ball Horticultural Company (335 S. Briggs Road - Santa Paula, CA 93060)
- Ball Flora Plant
- Ball Ingenuity
- Darwin Perennials
- Kieft Seed
- PanAmerican Seed
- Selecta One

10. Green Fuse Botanicals (8220 Stockton Road - Somis, CA 93066)
- Beekenkamp
- Green Fuse
- Hem Genetics
- Schoneveld
- Vitroflora
- Westhoff

Send in your selfie!
If you are participating or visiting CAST, feel free to send in your selfie or pictures of plants that caught your eye. Then, we will include it in our photo report that we will publish next week.

You can send your photos to 

For more information:
California Spring Trials 2022

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