What’s New in Dutch Markets

March 06, 2008
Written by Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery
Peperomia ‘Amigo Green Split’ Happy Bean, Lilium Asiatic Grp. ‘Cheops’
Peperomia ‘Amigo Green Split’ Happy Bean
Happy Bean is a Peperomia with a compact growth habit and amusing looks that cannot fail to attract attention. On top of all this, it is a low maintenance houseplant.

The leaves look very similar to French beans. Each leaf has a clearly visible, dark green groove along the top, which reinforces its similarity to a tasty legume. But despite its look, the leaves are not edible. They are fleshy and grow upwards in attractive tight rosettes that look like green stars.

Peperomia was launched at the Dutch flower and plant auctions last year and became an instant hit.

In fact, the weekly sales figures already stand at 14,000 plants. Happy Bean is sold both on its own and as part of the ‘Vet Gaaf’ succulent mix, which consists of a wide range of trendy succulents in colourful ceramic, zinc or woven material pots. They are a pleasure to give and to receive.

(Flower Council of Holland)

Lilium Asiatic Grp. ‘Cheops’
The trumpets of the new Asiatic Lily ‘Cheops’ are the colour of desert sand and have reddish brown centres.

This is a truly mysterious colour combination and was the inspiration for the name ‘Cheops’ after the Egyptian Pharaoh. The huge flowers with diameters of 14 to 15 cm and the presentation of the buds are more striking features. The buds grow upright and this reduces the risk of damage in transport as well as enhancing their appearance when used in bouquets.

They have a very good vase life of around fourteen days. The buds open well and, as is the case with all lilies, the number of flowers per stem depends on the size of the bulb. So with a bulb size of 16 cm this variety will produce five or more blooms per stem.

(Flower Council of Holland)

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