Floranova reveals new geranium

A new geranium featuring bicoloured flowers is being launched at the Four Oaks Trade Show by container-plant breeder Floranova.

Named Horizon Orange Ice, the variety features a new colour combination of three orange lower petals, two white upper petals and a darker orange edge. It has taken nearly 10 years to perfect — the first seedling was spotted in the Floranova lab in 1998. A representative for the Norfolk-based breeder said: “It was clear to us that if the colour break could be stabilised and introduced into a commercial geranium background it would have great appeal.” A few teething problems were experienced by the company’s development team as they discovered that the colour characteristic was linked to poor yield. It took several years to develop hybrids that could be produced with yields that made them commercially viable. The plant is now ready to go on the market. A red Horizon Ice geranium has also been developed to complement the orange variety.

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