New Varieties
February tends to be a slow time at Roelands Plant Farms Inc.

The greenhouse vegetable propagator in Lambton Shores, ON, has usually shipped the last of its orders for the year’s tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers to clients throughout North America, and its busy season winds down.
Summer 2018 weather was a true test of garden performance in plants. Temperatures were hotter than normal since the beginning of June, so more care was required for plants that were coming from the greenhouse and into direct sun. After the plants were established, the drip system was great.
With greenhouse vegetables, there are many different varieties available. Each one is selected for higher yields, larger fruit, disease resistance, flavour and more, but how well do those attributes hold up in the greenhouse?
February 2017 – In a similar article last year, a number of visitors’ favourites from an open house at the container trials at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) were presented.
Aug. 31, 2015, Vineland Station, Ont. — “PixieTM Grape, a versatile indoor/outdoor grapevine, is a must-have edible ornamental and we want to share it with the world,” said Chandra Bierhuizen, sales/marketing manager at Sunrise Greenhouses located in Vineland.
Dec. 18, 2014, West Chicago — PanAmerican Seed is celebrating a 2015 All-America Selections national award for Herb Basil Dolce Fresca. This win continues the company’s national recognition for high-quality vegetable and herb breeding.
The California Spring Trials, in reality, is a showcase by breeders – that is why I like calling it The California Showcase.
In the first Inside View column (which incidentally was this very same July issue back in 2007!) we discussed the many ways growers can keep up to date
Delegates to last year’s Ohio Short Course in Columbus had the chance to view the spacious Ohio State University Trial Gardens. Leading our tour was trials manager Lindsay Pangborn. Included were field, container, shade and hanging basket trials. Some 650 cultivars from 24 companies were featured.
I’ve always been fascinated by new varieties.
When it comes to choosing seeds, many growers opt for F1 hybrid varieties. These have several very significant advantages, including uniformity of growth, reliability, added disease resistance in many cases and that extra bit of “oompf” called “hybrid vigour” that gives your plants a head start and speedier growth rate.
Visitors this year were especially impressed with the many new introductions, and the sales ideas highlighted in the marketing displays

July 30, 2009 — GroLink is showcasing its garden mums in a series of open houses this fall.
On this side of the border, Schenck Farms & Greenhouses, located in St. Catharines, Ontario, will host growers on Sept. 15.
July 29, 2009 — Fides North America has launched a “Margarita Summer Sales” promotion campaign.
During this spring’s California Breeders Showcase, the average number of visitors to the sites was down by 25 to 30 per cent – it varied between breeders.
Is this the start of the downturn of the California Showcase, or are people in the industry simply applying the issue of “sustainability” to every decision they make in their business?
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