Final days of California spring trials reveal more new varieties

A bumper crop of new varieties have been unveiled at the California spring trials this year, according to GIE Media who picked the best of the bunch.

Dummen's new Magnum New Guinea Impatiens series have large flowers and strong stems.

The series starts off with six cultivars: Lavender, Blue, Salmon, Peach, Fire and White Blush. They are easy to grow and do not require any growth regulators.

Takii Seed commemorated its 175th anniversary, adding Deep Rose to Royal single flower and Royal Semi-double series. Both cultivars are early flowering and produce many large dark rose flowers.

Although Golden State Bulb Growers is best known for its Callafornia Callas, the plant that received much of the attention from trial visitors was Aloha Lily 'Leia' Eucomis.

The plant produces spikes of fragrant lavender flowers for about a month after which it forms darker colored seed pods that last an additional month and a half.

In Watsonville, California, Pacific Plug & Liner again played host to the Agrexco companies of Cohen Nurseries, Hishtil Nurseries, Isaacson Nurseries, Jaldety Nurseries and Schwartz Nursery, all based in Israel.

Vegetalis continues to expand its offerings for the home garden vegetable production with a half-dozen varieties bred specifically for home garden performance.

Floral Spires basil series consists of two compact culinary varieties - Lavender and White - both bred with ornamental value in mind. Plants have a four to five week flowering period before starting to form seed.

Black Velvet Petunia is one of the highlights of this year's trials. This hybrid vegetatively-produced Petunia from Ball FloraPlant produces black velvet flowers on upright mounding plants.

The plants require no special production requirements. They are adaptable to cold finishing programs with no growth regulators needed if grown cool.

Phantom is a black-colored flowering Petunia with a contrasting yellow star pattern. There is variability in the star pattern. Like Black Beauty, it does not have any special production requirements.

Pinstripe is the third dark flowered cultivar released. Plants produce dark purple flowers with a thin creamy-white star pattern. It has the same plant habit and production requirements as Black Velvet and Phantom.


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