Petunias and Violets feature among IPM launches

New launches at IPM in Essen, Germany on 29 January-1 February include several from Ball bred by its breeder PanAmerican Seed.

These introductions form a preview to the full range of 2010 season introductions that Ball will introduce in Spring 2009.

Viola Sorbet Mixture XP

Viola Sorbet Mixture XP is part of the PanAmerican Seed XP concept that upgrades the series to offer better performance, precision, uniformity and programmability. Sorbet XP Viola has a uniform habit, plant vigour and consistent early flowering. Viola Sorbet Mixture XP includes all the XP colours, which will be introduced as separate colours in the spring.

Marigold Taishan Gold

Taishan's well-branched plants with short, thick stems holding colourful blooms were a top performer at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China last summer. Now Taishan is set to add its strength to the African marigold market in the rest of the world. Large, full blooms with tight petals have no soft centres, which makes them much less susceptible to disease.

Petunia Easy WaveTM Violet

Petunia Easy Wave is member of the Wave family. Easy Wave petunias have a spreading and mounding habit for use in containers and hanging baskets, producing medium sized blooms which flower over the whole plant, all season long. This season the Easy Wave series will be extended with a number of new colours, the first of which is Easy Wave Violet, a rich violet colour with blue tones.

Petunia Multiflora Debonair Dusty Rose and Petunia Grandiflora Sophistica Antique Shades

Debonair Dusty Rose has a well-branched, rounded and upright habit producing medium-sized flowers with a dusty rose margin with antique yellow throat.

Sophistic Antique Shades has a particularly upright habit for grandiflora Petunia, and an antique-rose colour with yellow throat in a star-shaped bloom.

More colours for both of these Petunia series will be introduced in the spring.

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