Fleuroselect Announces Top Varieties for Retail 2017
Fleuroselect has announced three new Gold Medal winners that will be available to growers as of 2016 and in retail for 2017.
The Fleuroselect Gold Medal is awarded to new varieties that have been tested by Fleuroselect’s expert and independent judges at trial grounds across Europe.
The three winners are:
Begonia semperflorens Senator Rose Bicolour – Sakata
The Senator Rose Bicolour is a bronze leaved begonia with an excellent performance throughout the entire production and trade chain. The young plant raiser benefits from high germination and uniform development. Early flowering across the series and the non-stretching plant habit allows easy production in a wide range of pack and pot sizes. The improved shelf life, attractive plants with deep bronze foliage and contrasting flowers are a definite plus for the retailer.
Lupinus polyphllus Mini Gallery Blue HM.Clause
Mini Gallery Blue presents twice as many spikes in a true deep blue color held well above the deep green foliage. It has a shorter production cycle, which does not require the use of PGRs. Its natural branching habit means less seeds are needed to fill a pot. The compact plants are easy to transport and allow production in smaller pots, which can be sold at lower prices. Mini Gallery Blue has many deep blue flowers and in addition to borders, can also be planted in pots, window boxes and small gardens.
Penstemon barbatus Twizzle – Van Hemert & Co.
This first year flowering perennial has taller flower stems than the existing varieties on the market. The half-high flower spikes present small flowers in vivid scarlet. This seed grown variety can be marketed as a premium plant in large pots. Twizzle can be sown in spring for the summer season but also in autumn for a spring crop. Attracting bees and hummingbirds, this perennial brings back wildlife to the garden.
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