New varieties unveiled at California Spring Trials

A host of new varieties have already been unveiled at the California Spring Trials, including the first ever yellow flowering Scaevola according to reports from GIE Media's Horticulture Group.

The 2010 trials run from 10-17 April and feature much of the best new breeding from America and abroad.

Westhoff unveiled Scaevola Suntastic at its new trial site at Island View Nursery in Carpinteria, California.

It is quick rooting – 14-18 days – and early flowering, producing an abundance of soft yellow flowers.

Fides' Hypnotica dahlia series expands with six new varieties, including three bicolours and three solid colours.

Green Fuse Botanicals exhibited at its first spring trials since acquiring the vegetative series owned by Bodger Botanicals.

New this year is the Actor Angelonia gardneri series, which includes purple, pink and white.

From German breeding, this Carita-like series has plants which have an open habit with a spread of 18-24 inches.

In Oxnard, Calif., Green Fuse has released its Begonia boliviensis series consisting of three colours: red, rose and white.
PlantHaven literally rolled out the red carpet for its new introductions, including the Lucky Lantern abutilon series.

Covered with flowers, the genetically dwarf plants include tangerine, white and yellow.

Northern Innovators exhibited the Florist de Kwakel line of Garvinea landscape gerbera.

The 14 colours in this continuous flowering series are hardy to USDA Hardiness Zone 7, and trials are underway to determine if they are hardy in colder climates.

Since it includes some wild species genetics, these gerberas are more resistant to pests and diseases including powdery mildew.

Ecke Ranch introduced its new Fusion geranium series with its Fusion Flame.

This interspecific cross combines the best characteristics of zonal and ivy geraniums.

The Fusion was bred to give growers a fast growing, early-to-flower plant that can be used in baskets, combinations and containers.

Ecke's new hybrid Antirrhinum Dragon series is an open-faced snapdragon series that starts with three cultivars: Butterfly, Peachy and Rosey.

Bred by Fred Yates, these fragrant flowering plants can be used in landscapes, in container combinations and as fresh cuts.

Costa del Sol is a new verbena series that starts with three colors: Magenta, Pink and White.

Bred in Spain by Garnia Plant Breeding, these mounding plants are early flowering and mildew tolerant.

EuroAmerican Propagators hosted the rest of Proven Winners' partners and unveiled its own new varieties. Iberis Absolutely Amethyst is a breakthrough colour.

This interspecific plant produces unique amethyst flowers starting to bloom in late April to mid-May.

Proven Winners' partner Four Star Greenhouse has launched the Proven Selections Tasty Treats line of herbs and vegetables, which includes combinations like spaghetti, salsa and taco.


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