Annuals and Perennials

See what would have been on display at Ball Horticultural Company

SimulCAST20 - A virtual Spring Trials experience

What would have been on display during CAST 2020 at the Ball Horticultural Company Santa Paula location? Even though the facilities were closed to the public this year, SimulCAST20 provides a digital experience to learn about the new introductions for the spring 2021 retail season. See all that would…

NMSU determining combination of native flowers to attract different pollinators

Pollinator insects play a critical role in the agricultural world. Without their natural transference of pollen from plant to plant while obtaining nutrients, many types of vegetables and fruit for human consumption would not exist. New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas…

What motivates sales of pollinator-friendly plants?

An analysis out of the University of Georgia details the relationship between consumer awareness and the attentiveness and care given to pollinator-friendly plant purchases. Benjamin Campbell and William Steele studied the decline of pollinators, the factors that can be recognized as potential…

The effect of salinity on the growth of lavender species

Long term degradation of water quality from natural resources has led to the use of alternative water resources for irrigation that are saline. Saline water irrigation in floriculture for the production of nursery crops requires an understanding of plant response. The pot growth of four lavender species…

Wyevale Nurseries adds Agapanthus ‘Poppin Purple’ to promotional range

Wyevale Nurseries has added a brand-new introduction to its promotional range – Agapanthus ‘Poppin Purple’. The new Agapanthus will be available from April (2020) onwards. Colin Stanley, Retail Sales Manager at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, which celebrates its 90th Anniversary this year, said: “We’re delighted…

UK: Wyevale Nurseries granted licence to propagate Lomandra ‘White Sands’

Wyevale Nurseries will be growing Lomandra ‘White Sands’, the first variegated Lomandra, which was also the Winner of Best New Novelty at the Groen-Direkt Spring Fair in Holland in January. Kyle Ross, Production Manager at the Containers Division at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, explained: “We are delighted…

US (FL): Costa Farms holds annual Season Premiere

More than 200 industry insiders sought this season’s newest plants on March 3rd and 4th when Costa Farms opened its two-acre Trial Garden for its annual Season Premiere. Attendees had the opportunity to check out 360 different plant varieties, of which 55 percent were new annual and perennial…

US: 2020-21 PGR Guide for Perennials now available

The newest PGR Guide for Perennials – and the largest edition to date – is now available from Fine Americas, a specialist in plant growth regulators (PGRs). “Our focus on PGRs and only PGRs makes producing this tool for growers a natural fit, and with the 2020-21 perennials edition, we’ve added even more…

Rectification: Hivos Producer of the Year Award not presented at IFTEX

Yesterday, we published that Hivos “Producer of the Year Award” (POYA) would take place at IFTEX. However this is not the case. The ceremony will take place in the week when…

2020 is the Year of the Lantana

Lantana has a rich history of being utilized in the garden for long-lasting, colorful blooms, superior heat tolerance and the ability to attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Featuring clusters of bright colors, solid as well as multi-color, Lantana can be used in containers, landscaping and hanging baskets. In the 18th…

A green thumb’s up for Treasure Island Sweet Potatoes

Treasure Island Sweet Potatoes, represented in North America by Concept Plants, were recently recognized with a Green Thumb Award in the Edible Plants category from the Direct Gardening Association at their DGA 2020 Winter Meeting in Orlando, Florida. Brian Kirkland, Sales Support and Business…

UK: Provender Nurseries become principal supplier in the south east for Covergreen

Provender Nurseries have joined with Covergreen to become the principal supplier of Covergreen in the south east.   Covergreen is widely used in Europe by Landscape Architects, Property Developers and Garden Designers and local Authorities for over 10 years. Provender Nurseries are confident and this collaboration will…

Local Inspiration Days

Floricultura Brazil puts a new appointment on growers’ and breeders’ calendars

Floricultura is one of the absolute superpowers when it comes to Phalaenopsis young plants. Since a few years ago the Dutch breeder boosts its own facilities in Brazil, while supplying many of the major South American growers. In order to highlight the assortment including the new Anthurium and Spathiphyllum…

Thinking about perennials for fall

Darwin Perennials has written at-length about how timing perennials to flower for fall sales can increase your business and provide your retail customers fresh flowers to sell. All that talk must be paying off, because fall perennials are becoming an increasingly popular program. Timing perennials has…

March 2-6, Venhuizen, the Netherlands

Colourful biennials are filling the greenhouse

It’s the time of the year that greenhouses are filled with pansies and violas. PanAmerican Seed is presenting their assortment of large-and small flowered violas at their location in the Netherlands during week 10. This includes the current commercial assortment and future varieties that are planned for…

Biologist discovers that lavender enhances the immunity of carp

Biologist from RUDN University Morteza Yousefi has found that lavender extract added to the food reduces stress and improves immunity in carp in fish farms. The article was published in the journal Aquaculture. A significant proportion of fish in fish farms dies due to illnesses provoked by stress during…

US (GA): State pollinator protection efforts focus on pollinator plant availability

As part of an ongoing effort to help support Georgians use more native plants in their landscapes, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has partnered with the State Botanical Garden at the University of Georgia, the Georgia Green Industry Association and the Georgia Department of Agriculture to…

The quest for the deep-yellow petunia

The majority of carotenoids in petals are xanthophylls and most of these xanthophylls are esterified with fatty acids. Although petunia (Petunia x hybrida) is an important ornamental plant, it cannot accumulate enough carotenoids to have deep-yellow flowers.   A previous study suggested that low esterification activity causes…


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