Annuals and Perennials

Dutch PM baptizes tulip in honor of Canadian veteran

Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, baptized Tulipa ‘Don White’ at the Keukenhof on Wednesday, April 17. The tulip was named after a Canadian WWII veteran, Don White. With the name, Rutte is making the connection with the liberation of the Netherlands, which started 75 years ago. White and other heroes…

May 15-16, Orlando

US (FL): Breeders, education experts, industry members to gather at Florida Flower Trials

FNGLA's Florida Flower Trials serve as a place to sharpen business skills and get a first-hand glimpse of how the newest annual plant varieties can boost profit margins. Florida Flower Trials is a two-day annual event where top plant breeders, education experts and key industry members come together to…

New Look celosia latest Texas Superstar release

An older celosia variety – New Look – has been named the latest Texas Superstar release based on its superior performance across the state, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert. The New Look celosia variety was named a 2019 Texas Superstar plant by AgriLife Research, Texas A&M…

June 4 - 7, The Netherlands

Lily on stage in Dutch Lily Days

As a single-variety bunch or incorporated in a bouquet, scented or not, single or double-bloomed: it is this versatility of lilies that continues to attract a large loyal following in the Netherlands, as well as in the neighboring countries. With the Dutch Lily Days the lily-growing Netherlands has its own stage to display this…

US: Tuff Stuff Ah-Ha hydrangea wins Shrub Madness 2019

Proven Winners ColorChoice crowned a 2019 Shrub Madness winner as the world’s only plant bracket competition came to a close for 2019. Based on the college basketball playoffs, the contest is populated with a wide variety of Proven Winners ColorChoice shrubs, which compete throughout the month of March…

Notes from the Road: Open House

Last week I had the opportunity to attend an open house at Swift Greenhouses, where I grew up. Swift is a big supporter of Darwin Perennials and Kieft Seed genetics, so I was proud to be there to support their program. by Chris Fifo, Product Representative at Darwin Perennials Me and Hans Stokes, my successor at Swift…

Top 5 AmeriSeed flowers to sow this spring

Finally, the days are getting longer and warmer. Spring is here. Now is the time to sow AmeriSeed Marigolds, Vinca, Zinnia and Petunia seeds. Here is AmeriSeed's top 5 picks for flowers this Spring: 1. African/American Marigolds – “Little Ducks Orange F1” A naturally dwarf variety with huge, orange…

Colour Festival: April Garden Plants of the Month

Big flowers, small flowers. Climbing, hanging and creeping. For use in beds, in pots and containers, and in hanging baskets. The Colour Festival brings spring to the garden, patio or balcony. Begonia, Verbana, Gazania and Bougainvillea are all rich bloomers in different forms, so that they bring instant…

Laura Lara, Darwin Perennials:

"Breeding is an art and a science"

Perennials are a product class that is in a period of rapid growth. Consumer demand continues to expand and breeders are diving deeper into the huge pool of genetic diversity that has not yet been explored. This makes it a particularly exciting time to be breeding perennials. by Laura Lara, Star Roses…

Dümmen Orange introduces Basewell perennials

North America: Perennial growers now have access to a new rooting technology

Dümmen Orange introduces the next phase of Basewell at California Spring Trials, March 24-26 in San Luis Obispo. The Basewell assortment has been newly expanded to include top-selling perennial varieties, opening up the benefits of this innovative technology to perennial growers across North America.…

US: 2019-20 edition of ‘Gardening Simplified’ publication takes new approach

Volume seven of Gardening Simplified magazine , featuring Proven Winners ColorChoice flowering shrubs, has been released. The 100-page reference guide is part of a…

Lemon sedum named 2019 Louisiana Super Plant

The LSU AgCenter selected lemon sedum as a 2019 Louisiana Super Plant for many reasons, but mainly because of its effortless care and vigorous growth habit. The color of this plant’s foliage is what makes it striking in the landscape next to other annuals and perennials. Lemon sedum is best grown in full…

Ornamental Plants & Flowers México powered by IPM Essen

New fair taps into Mexican potential for high-tech floriculture

Mexico is often named as one of those countries having a huge untapped potential for high-tech floriculture production. Climate, availability of all possible resources, infrastructure, huge markets around the corner, all is at hand. It is, therefore, as if the market is waiting for something to get the…

How shipwrecked ducks became beautiful marigold varieties

Once upon a time, during a winter storm, a large ship, sailing from Hong Kong to America lost several containers over board. Inside one of these containers were 28,000 bath ducks. No one would have guessed that these ducks would still be floating around the world’s oceans 25 years later and have taught…

June 19, West Chicago

US (IL): Dozens of new varieties at Darwin Perennials Day

Each June, for the annual Darwin Perennials Day, the breeder opens its zone 5 perennial trial gardens to see the products you grow in action. There will be dozens of new varieties from Darwin Perennials and Kieft Seed on display, as well as overwintered trials of several key and trending perennial crops.…

Robbie Gieslink, Syngenta Flowers:

"Regardless of the season we actually always have a trend color"

"The Viola is the announcer of spring", says Robbie Gieslink, breeder with Syngenta Flowers. Day in, day out, Robbie works on new and improved versions of 'his' Delta series, a process that can take up to 10 years. His newest addition: Delta Lavender Shades. "This is the introduction of this season",…

Proven Winners ColorChoice celebrates March with Shrub Madness

The world’s only plant bracket competition, Shrub Madness , has just embarked on its sixth year of the contest that pits shrub-against-shrub in a fierce single-elimination…

Plans to add sticking machines to keep up with increasing production

Hishtil to take their upgraded sticking room to a higher level

After upgrading the sticking room at their Afula nursery just recently, Israeli young plant grower Hishtil is already thinking about the next step to keep up with the annually increasing production at this site; they have plans to add 2 or 3 sticking machines in 2020. "In this way, we can stay at the…

Perennial Math

At the end of the day, every business is about math. More specifically, every business tries to solve a so-called optimization problem. Every day, we try to maximize results with the resources available to us. In our business, the resources tend to be people, space, equipment (greenhouse structures, machinery and other…

Dümmen Orange adds Westhoff genetics to Basewell program

Dümmen Orange and Westhoff, a flower breeding company based in Germany, partner to include the Westhoff line of spring annuals in the Basewell product form for spring of 2020 to the North American market. Dümmen Orange introduced Basewell to the North American market in 2018. After a successful inaugural…

New website for Beacon Impatiens

PanAmerican Seed announces the launch of a new website devoted specifically to its new Beacon Impatiens, a series of I. walleriana with proven high resistance to Impatiens downy mildew. The website www.BeaconImpatiens.com appeals to many audiences, and includes special features, including the story behind this breakthrough…

Activating flower fragrance with LED

In the past few months, Dümmen Orange has participated in an indoor farming trial with a selection of its annual products. The trial took place at the test location of the Dutch indoor farming company Seven Steps To Heaven in Eindhoven The Netherlands. Various tests were done, under different…

Pelargonium for Europe unveils 2019 marketing plans

Pelargonium for Europe is a marketing initiative active in 10 countries founded by breeders to promote and ensure long-term geranium sales across Europe, coordinated by Green Marketing Europe (GME) . The initiative has detailed its marketing plans for 2019, specified by country. France BHR is an…

June 20, Zeeland

US (MI): 2019 Perennial Expo at Walters Gardens

On June 20, 2019, at the Perennial Expo, Walters Gardens will host a day reviewing new perennials, grower sessions, and Proven Winners. The day will begin with keynote speaker Tony Avent. Tony is a seasoned hybridizer, plant collector, and owner of Plant Delights Nursery, a mail order company…

Open Days of Select Breeding & Georges Delbard

At the 2 Lakes Project Oserian (Naivasha), at the Oserian premises, two rose breeders Select Breeding and Georges Delbard will together organize Open Days. These will be held…

Shrub Madness open for voting again

Shrub Madness is Proven Winners' bracket competition that pits shrub against shrub in a no-holds-barred battle for the title of National Champion. Think March's college basketball tournament, but people's votes determine which plant advances through the rounds. The contest runs in prediction mode from…

Spring planting season extenders

Every grower and retail garden center loves the first rush of spring sales. The golden ticket for the industry is figuring out ways to extend that spring retail rush. Finding ways to bring consumers into the garden center beyond the traditional spring planting season means more traffic and more sales. That golden ticket might…

Pelargonium for Europe announces 2019 UK PR campaign

Pelargonium for Europe's 2019 UK PR campaign will highlight the geranium’s long and colourful flowering season, as well as its suitability to transform urban spaces such as balconies and terraces, creating an instant holiday vibe. J E Communications has been reappointed to manage the trade and consumer…

Higher quality long-day perennials with LED supplemental lighting

LumiGrow Research, the smart horticultural lighting research branch of LumiGrow, released their latest research report which compared plant quality of flowering perennials under LED fixtures, HPS fixtures, and traditional low-intensity flowering bulbs. The purpose of the study was to examine the effects…

Lavender trial results: Chicago Botanic Garden

In June of 2010, the Chicago Botanic Garden began a seven-year trial of lavender. The crew selected 40 commercially available selections of Lavandula angustifolia, L. × intermedia and L. × chaytoriae to plant in their gardens (USDA Hardiness Zone 5b, AHS Plant Heat-Zone 5). The purpose was to challenge…

Ball Mums

US: Top garden mum varieties by color

Ball Seed knows that Garden Mums are a crop driven by color. Years of collected data for trials, performance and sales has helped determine the percentages of each color class…

February 25-March 1, Venhuizen

Netherlands: New varieties of Pansies and Violas in direct comparison

Growers are invited to have a look at the new varieties during the Benary Pansy Trials in Venhuizen. During Week 9, from February 25th to March 1st 2019, Benary Pansies and Violas can be examined in direct comparison to competing varieties. Growers who are interested in visiting, please contact…

US: 2019 PGR Guide for Annuals now available for growers

Growers now have access to the latest plant growth regulator (PGR) research and use tips in one handy resource with the release of the 2019-20 PGR Guide for Annuals. “The PGR Guide started as a creative way to bring growers practical, usable information that’s invaluable for their operations,” says Greg…


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