New plants -

A host of new plants has hit the Dutch auctions this year.

Among the cut flower highlights are:

Freesia 'Apricot Mountain' is the world's first genuine apricot coloured Freesia. The large double flowers have a sweet fragrance and it produces long and elegant stems. Estimated vase life is around 10 days. It will be available at the FloraHolland auction, VBN code 104678.

Anthurium 'Lumina' is a new variety with an elegant twist. Its elongated shape combined with a creamy white colour makes it stand out from glossier relatives. The average vase life is 41 days. It will be available at auction from the end of April under VBN code 106129.

Tulipa 'Irene Parrot' offers a riot of colour, combining shades of orange, green, yellow and red. It has excellent pedigree and adds its striking orange colour to the parrot segment of the market. Available now at Dutch auctions, VBN code 104520.

Veronica 'Punk' offers something completely different as the normally neat, slim flower is transformed into a flattened spike. The flower head is pink at the base, going wild at the tip with a show of bright green spikes. It is available year-round under VBN code 103682.

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