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A closer look at more Spring Trials intros


April 11, 2013
By Brad McMillan

April 11, 2013 — Here's the second installment of California Spring
Trials coverage, courtesy of Brad McMillan, Central, East and Northern
Ontario territory manager with JVK Ltd.

April 11, 2013 — Here's the second installment of California Spring 
Trials coverage, courtesy of Brad McMillan, Central, East and Northern Ontario territory manager with JVK Ltd.
 
GREAT NEW DAHLIA

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A display from the Dalaya Series.

Selecta actually had quite a few new introductions for 2014 in the category of spring plants, but I think the most exciting is a beautiful new series of dahlia – the Dalaya Series. The series will start with two colours/varieties, 'Yogi' and 'Shari,' and more will be added over the next few years.

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'Yogi' produces pink flowers that have dark red centres with a gold eye.

'Shari' bears blooms that start orange-yellow with pink edges, which then fade to a soft yellow. It also features a golden-yellow eye.

A few key points:

• Medium vigour.

• Very floriferous.

• Good disease resistance.

• Recommended for 6" pots or larger.

• Very suitable for landscape use, reaching up to 14-16".

• Trialed in Europe and in the U.S. prior to launch.

• Available initially as URC through JVK.

NEW NGI IS DIVINE

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'Divine Orange.'

PanAm had, as usual, an excellent display of new or improved seed varieties of annuals and perennials, but I think the most important introduction may turn out to be an improved variety of seed New Guinea series called Divine.

Some in the industry will remember past, less-than-impressive attempts by some breeders, including PanAm, to launch seed-variety NGIs, but these new and improved plants bear little resemblance to their early forebears.

After seeing the display, some of the senior members of our group remarked that PanAm has indeed made great strides in improving these seed types.

Given the problems with downy mildew in the walleriana-type landscape impatiens crop, seed-type NGIs like 'Divine,' with their high resistance to DM, will likely become an important component in every grower's production. The included photo is of 'Divine Orange.'

Key points:

• Twelve colours and five mixes.

• Good uniformity of size and habit throughout the series.

• Large flower size.

• Finished height from 10-14", finished spread from 12-14".

• Crop time from transplant of plug to finish: 7-8 weeks.

• Available as high-quality raw seed through JVK.


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