Plantpeddler releases results for 2018 Variety Day

Plantpeddler releases results for 2018 Variety Day

Three different begonias took the top three spots.

August 28, 2018

Plantpeddler in Cresco, Iowa held its annual Variety Day, Friday, Aug. 3. The event showcased nearly 1,200 varieties of vegetative annuals in large containers, baskets, planters and beds from a global array of breeders.

Growers, breeders, brokers, and retailers spent the day touring the greenhouses and in seminars by industry professionals. Dr. Raymond Cloyd of Kansas State University discussed strategies for dealing with whitefly and broad mites. Christine Nowicki from Selecta One, Scott Valentine, Amy Briggs-Macha, and Ryan Hall of Syngenta Flowers, and Mike Fernandez of Danziger talked about their respective companies and recent variety releases. Gary Fay of H. E. Anderson explained the benefits of chemical injectors for control of pH and fertility. Participants had the opportunity to view the trial gardens and vote on their three favorite varieties. The top 25 favorites were:

# Genus Variety Breeder
1 Begonia Solenia Yellow Benary+
2 Begonia Hiemalis Vermillion Beekenkamp
3 Begonia Fragrant Falls Peach Beekenkamp
4 Begonia Solenia Apricot Benary+
5 Salvia Skyscraper Pink Selecta One
6 Begonia Fragrant Falls Lemon Beekenkamp
7 Petunia Headliner Night Sky Selecta One
8 Begonia Waterfalls Encanto Red Beekenkamp
9 Coleus Stained Glassworks Golden Gate Dummen Orange
10 Begonia PedSemps Cherry Blossom Plantpeddler
11 Verbena Temari Patio Blue Suntory
12 Begonia Hiemalis Valentino Pink Koppe
13 Begonia Hiemalis Evi Bright Pink Beekenkamp
14 Verbena Lanai Premium Twister Watercolor Syngenta
15 Geranium, Interspecific Calliope Large Rose Mega Splash Syngenta
16 Begonia Waterfalls Angel Falls Champagne Beekenkamp
17 Verbena Lanai Red Star Syngenta
18 Salvia Sallyfun Deep Ocean Danziger
19 Begonia Summerwings Dark Elegance Kientzler
20 Verbena Lascar Hot Rose Selecta One X
21 Lantana Bandana Cherry Imp. Syngenta
22 Angelonia Alonia Big Snow Ball Danziger
23 Lobelia Techno Heat Upright Cobalt Blue Syngenta
24 Begonia Hiemalis Eva BBA
25 Begonia Solenia Orange Benary+
The event was made even more enjoyable by the perfect weather and a cookout under the big tent, featuring locally grown food including Aronia Berry bratwurst.

Mark your calendars for Poinsettia Variety Day Dec. 6, 2018, and the next Variety Day, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, which will be a celebration of Plantpeddler’s 40th Anniversary. Please make plans to attend both events.