We're here in California putting the finishing touches on our Day One coverage. Today, we visited Green Fuse and its partners in Somis, the Ball Horticultural family in Santa Paula, and then we finished the day up at the Santa Barbara Polo Club grounds (snazzy new spot!) seeing new intros from PlantHaven International, Suntory, Pacific Plug & Liner and more.
The good news? This is just the beginning of our on-the-ground coverage in California. Stay tuned to GreenhouseMag.com, NurseryMag.com, and GardenCenterMag.com for the rest of the tour, as well as any parting thoughts we have once we're back in the office next week!
To everyone on the trek alongside us, and to all of you at home following along via our e-newsletter coverage, have a great week!
-Matthew J. Grassi
Here's 10 of my favorite varieties from Day One:
1. Westhoff New Illusion Series ‘Dracula’ calibrochoa
CAST 2022: Hem Genetics
See the dwarf multiflora petunias from Hem Genetics.
Some 20 years ago, Hem Genetics started breeding naturally dwarf varieties. These “Low Grow Approved” selections do not need any PGRs, which dovetails with the breeder’s goal of providing crops that are sustainably produced. Their multiflora petunias feature extra-large flowers that are vigorous growers in the garden. These are best suited for high-density production in packs or small pots. New to this year’s Mambo GP petunia series is Yellow Lime (a bright, sunny yellow) and a Pastel Mix.
CAST 2022: Beekenkamp
Variegated kalanchoe foliage, rain-resistant petunias and a brand-new dahlia color were the spotlights.
Beekenkamp is adding Red White to the Labella Dahlia Grande Fun line this year in small quantities with a full commercial release on the way. Labella Dahlia Grande Fun Red White is uniform on the shelf with other Dahlia Grande with good branching. Only one pinch is needed during production.
Kalanchoe Variegated Bongo 32
With variegated foliage, Kalanchoe Variegated Bongo stands out. It’s perfect for indoor use, especially in succulent gardens. With no need for short day treatments, it’s good for quart and 6-inch production.
Petunia Tea Flamingo and Tea Purple Green Edge
These two new introductions feature unique colors. Both are weather-resistant and stand up to rain well.
CAST 2022: Ball Floraplant, Selecta One, Ball Seed, Darwin Perennials and Kieft Seed
A mini coleus, new double impatiens series and angelonia were highlights at this year's stop.
This mini coleus features a unique pattern and serrated edges with a habit that’s perfect for small pots, decorative borders and container mixes. It’s happy in both full sun and shade.
Double Impatiens Glimmer Series
This new series features downy mildew resistance with a similar look as Fiesta. (Fiesta will be phased out due to this series’ superior genetics.) Its vibrant, rose-like blooms are great in hanging baskets in the shade or for lower light gardens, it will be available in seven colors next spring: Appleblossom, Bright Red, Burgundy, Dark Red, Hot Pink, Salmon and White.
Angelonia AngelDance Series
This season-extender thrives in extreme heat, humidity and drought. With vibrant, large, bicolor flowers and flexible stems, it’s perfect for the landscape. It’s taller than Archangel series and freshens up the available options with pinks and purples.
Rudbeckia August Forest
This truly green flower is one-of-a-kind. From Ball Seed, Forest fills a demand from both growers and retailers. It will be available in limited quantities in 2022, with full availability in 2023 as the company has secured supply from east to west in the U.S.
Petunia Headliner Strawberry Sky
More line extensions continue in the sky petunia family with Headliner Strawberry Sky from Selecta One, and the genetics are even more stable. With plentiful POP for retailers including bench cards, posters and tags, retailers can find new ways to market. Now available in every size to fill any program. New this year are Headliner Light Pink Sky, Headliner Pink Sky 23 and Headliner Strawberry Sky.
Perovskia is moving from the back of the landscape bed to the front with Bluesette, a dwarf variety that reaches 14-22 inches tall. It also works well in a mixed combo or in a single premium patio container. Hardy to Zones 4-9, it attracts bees and butterflies. Plug crop time is 5-8 weeks and transplant to finish takes 10-14 weeks. Bluesette is a first-year flowering perennial. Need help with crop scheduling? Head to firstyearfloweringtool.com and plug in your desired sales timing and get all the dates needed for booking, sticking and planting.
Lisa Swast (left) and Kelly Becker (right)
Photo courtesy of Bailey
Bailey expands brand team
Lisa Swast and Kelly Becker join the Bailey Consumer Brand team.
Bailey has announced two new members of the Consumer Brand team: Lisa Swast as Retail & Landscape Program Coordinator and Kelly Becker as Brand & Licensing Sales Representative. This expansion is part of the ongoing work within Bailey to focus and build a brand team that can meet the growing needs of the company's consumer brands Endless Summer Hydrangeas, First Editions Shrubs & Trees, and Easy Elegance Roses.
Lisa Swast has been with Bailey for over five years, first as an Inside Sales Representative. Most recently, she has been a valued member of the Brand team as the Brand & Licensing Representative. In her new role as Retail & Landscape Program Coordinator, Swast will work with garden center and landscape channels to support our consumer brands, creating demand, and connecting these channels with our network of licensed wholesale growers. “Her enthusiasm and experience will continue to be a huge asset to our Brand team as we continue to build our consumer brands and increase our retail presence,” shares Layci Gragnani, Brand & Business Development Manager.
Kelly Becker joined Bailey almost five years ago working as Assistant Foreman Inventory Control at the Nord Farm location in Minnesota. In her new role as Brand & Licensing Sales Representative, Becker will support Nick Stevens in his roles as Licensee Account Representative, as well as support brand sales.
"Kelly's experience with our inventory systems and attention to detail is the perfect combination for this role," adds Gragnani. "She will be a tremendous asset to this brand team and to our licensed network growers."