Check out these three varieties that we liked at the Pacific Plug & Liner (PP&L) California Summer Trials 2021 stop at the breeder's greenhouses in Watsonville, CA:
Delphinium ‘DELGENIUS Glitzy’
This new delphinium variety from Pacific Plug & Liner grows compactly with no PGRs needed, and it tolerates high heat well. Buyers will be pleased with it’s branching prowess and the massive amount of blooms as this variety stacks flowers from head to toe and everywhere in between. Liners are produced from tissue cultures and a single liner can fill a 1.5-2 gallon container with eye-drawing purple double blooms.
Heat-loving petunias, new margiolds and a carnival of color
Syngenta introduces novelty varieties and improved genetics at CAST 2021.
This new series of interspecific marigold is the next generation of triploid, bringing the best of F1 African x French Marigold. Extra-large double flowers finish quickly with great heat tolerance and sterility to bloom en masse all season. With an upright habit, it grows 12-16 inches tall and 16-16 inches wide. There are three colors available: Orange, Sunset Gold and Yellow
Bossa Nova Night Fever Rosso Begonia
This begonia is a good seed alternative to vegetative varieties. Its short internodes and well-branched habit means it will all kinds of container sizes with blooms. Plus, it’s versatile, thriving in heat, sun and shade. Rosso is a new color, while Yellow is improved for better branching.
Petunia Itsy White
This heat-loving petunia is great in mixtures. Tough but tiny, it performs well in containers or as a blanket in the landscape. It features exceptional branching and good, compact to medium vigor with a controlled, trailing habit. Itsy White grows 4-6 inches high and 18-24 inches wide. Itsy also comes in Magenta.
Fun House Potpourri Petunia
The unique flower color and pattern makes Fun House an unusual variety that’s sure to draw attention. Fun House Potpourri can be Yellow, Bicolor or Rose, depending on the PGR use and light exposure. It has a mounding habit and medium vigor, growing 10-14 inches high and 18-22 inches wide. More colors are in the works, according to Syngenta.
Brazen Imperial Luck
This pollinator-friendly bidens stands out in combinations. A collection of both vigorous and compact varieties create bold options for combinations with an upright to mounded habit and compact vigor. Brazen also comes in Eternal Flame, Rising Sun and Samurai.
Groundbreaking ceremony at site in Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Provided by Dramm Corporation
Dramm Corporation breaks ground on new facility
Dramm begins construction of their new 98,000 sq.-ft. warehouse and office space in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
The Dramm Corporation has begun construction of its new headquarters in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
The new 98,000 sq.-ft. building will be Dramm's first newly constructed building. Dramm started as a basement operation and then moved into two smaller buildings on the south side of Manitowoc before purchasing the current facility on North 18th street. After four additions to the North 18th street building, the current site is at the property capacity with no options to expand.
The new headquarters site, located in the Manitowoc Industrial Park, will increase Dramm's warehouse and office space. Additionally, there will be the capability to expand in the future. The company has grown while staying committed to being a family owned and operated business, remaining in Manitowoc County. Dramm now has 93 employees and is excited to offer more office and warehouse space.
"We are excited for this next stage of growth and glad to be doing it in Manitowoc," Hans Dramm, president of Dramm, said.
The warehouse construction is scheduled to be completed in October 2021, while the office construction will be completed in May 2022.
The new headquarters will feature:
A 2,400 sq. ft. research greenhouse for testing and demonstrating products of Dramm's four business segments: Commercial Greenhouse Equipment, Retail Gardening Products, Drammatic Organic Fertilizer, and DRAMMwater for greenhouse water treatment systems.
A 621 sq. ft. testing facility to maintain Dramm's high-quality products.
A large showroom to display products and hold meetings.
"We have a great team at Dramm!" said Heidi Dramm. "We wouldn't be at this point without them or without the good decision making of my brother, Hans, my father, Kurt Dramm, and family members before us. We look forward to what the future holds."
Improved SuperCal, bicolor zinnias, new begonias and more
Sakata introduces a variety of new series including lantanas, begonias and primula at CAST 2021.
This intergeneric calibrachoa-petunia cross offers performance that regular petunias can’t offer. Not only is it heat-tolerant and rain-tolerant, it’s cold-tolerant to 25° F. Sakata is relaunching the program with unique fall colors to help expand the sales window for petunias.
SuperCal Premium has bigger flowers than SuperCal and a more mounding habit, so Sakata is dropping a few SuperCal original varieties and introducing new options like SuperCal Premium Sunset Orange (seen above), Purple Dawn, Pearl White and Yellow Sun.
Sunpatiens Vigorous impatiens
New breeding has brought new vigor, better branching and better heat tolerance than the first generation of Sunpatiens. It’s ideal for cooler regions because of its quick-growing nature. Sweetheart White is new, while White is improved.
This new Angelissa series offers uniformity and complementary colors perfect for mixed containers. With larger flower spikes and strong, sturdy stems, it grows to 12-16 inches tall and 10-12 inches wide. It comes in Purple, Rose and White.
This new series features strong, semi-mounding plants with outstanding heat tolerance. While Sundance Lantana can be used alone, Sakata is promoting its use in combinations, especially with SunPatiens. Growers can purchase the combinations from liners and grow with strong uniformity.
Viking Explorer begonia x hybridia
For use in hanging baskets, combinations and as a bedding plant, this new series has an abundance of extra-large blooms on top of glossy foliage. It’s all-weather resistant, growing 20-24 inches tall and 35-39 inches wide. It’s 10 days earlier than Dragonweed and grown from seed. It comes in Red on Green and Rose on Green.
Unique, small flowers with an explosion of blooms on top of stems. Sakata is hoping that this new series with move the primula market to the East and improve early sales options. Its compact, uniform habit means no PGRs are required, and longer stems reduce the risk of botrytis. Constant blooms with great shelf life and ideal for retailers. Lighthouse comes in Blue, Pink, Rose, Yellow and Mix.
A new series of cut flowers, Gemstone’s blooms grow to be 4 inches, perfect for holiday promotions. Its long harvest window extends its shipment season and its higher density production offers growers more chances for profit. This series offers bright, vibrant colors in Blue, Red Bicolor, Scarlet and White.
Profusion Zinnia Red Yellow Bicolor
This new color in the Profusion line is an AAS award-winner. It performs well in high heat and stands out in large containers or landscape plantings. It grows to 14-18 inches high and 20-24 inches wide.
Warm new colors
HilverdaFlorist adds a new series of gerberas, plus pink and purple options to existing lines.
HilverdaFlorist brings a new line of gerberas, plus some hot new colors to CAST 2021. Find out more below.
Glorious Patio Gerbera
Whether used as a patio pot or a cut flower, this new series of gerberas produces enormous double flowers. They work well in mixed planters or as standalone stunners. It flowers spring through fall in five colors: pink, orange, purple, white and yellow.
Garvinea Sweet 'Sweet Vibe' and 'Sweet Sparkle'
Two new colors join HilverdaFlorist's Garvinea Sweet line. Ready for retail March through November, it's good for gardens and patios. The robust hybrids have long-lasting color spring through fall.
Inticancha Valletta and Paraiso
The bright cerise Valletta and purple Paraiso are additions to the Inticancha Series. The compact plant creates many shoots and has large bright flowers. As you can expect from this patio Alstroemeria, Valletta is easy to maintain and flowers continously.