Benary takes over Bodger Seeds' professional ornamental seed operations

German plant breeder Benary has bought parts of California-based Bodger Seeds.

Benary says it will take over the professional ornamental seed operations of John Bodger & Sons from 1 May.

Benary will handle the inventory, production and breeding programmes in the following product groups:

  • Ageratum houstonianum (Hawaii F1, Blue Blazer F1, Danube F1)
  • Calendula officinalis (BonBon, Touch of Red)
  • Delphinium elatum (Pacific Giants, Magic Fountains)
  • lmpatiens walleriana (Tempo F1, Advantage F1, Envoy F1)
  • Lobelia erinus (Palace)
  • Lobularia maritima (Wonderland)
  • Petunia hybrida (Aladdin F1, Celebrity F1, Avalanche F1)
  • Portulaca (Sundial F1, Stopwatch F1)
  • Tagetes erecta (Discovery F1, Galore F1, Gold Coins F1, Crush)
  • Tagetes patula (Disco, Hero, Little Hero, Safari)
  • Viola cornuta (Aero F1)
  • Viola wittrockiana (Atlas Ft)

Bodger CEO Kim Bodger said: "We are excited about the hand-over to Benary. This will ensure that the efforts of the past four generations of our family business will continue in strong and independent hands."

Benary managing commercial director Matthias Redlefsen added: "The product portfolio is made to measure for Benary. This will strengthen our business, not only in the established markets, but also in growing regions."

Benary will intensify the breeding activities in the acquired crops and continue to operate in Lompoc, California, and Ouillota, Chile.

Benary managing technical director Nick ten Pas added: "The acquired product range is very solid and has a reputation of strong performance around the world. Benary will invest heavily into further breeding to continue offering excellent
and exciting new products to the market."

To guarantee a continuous quality and seed supply, Benary will be able to take orders from 1 May onwards. For some items, regular shipping may be interrupted temporarily until 1 June.

Garden writer Peter Seabrook said: "This is just another notch in the rationalisation of the seed companies pulling together."

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