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Unique varieties in today’s Trials update


April 12, 2013
By Brad McMillan

April 12, 2013 — This is the third installment of California Spring
Trials coverage, courtesy of Brad McMillan, Central, East and Northern
Ontario territory manager with JVK Ltd.

April 12, 2013 — This is the third installment of California Spring 
Trials coverage, courtesy of Brad McMillan, Central, East and Northern Ontario territory manager with JVK Ltd.

UNIQUE DIANTHUS DEBUTS

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'Olivia.'

Oro has a really unique new dianthus called ‘Olivia.’ It's a hybrid type, something between Oro's ‘Kahori’ and ‘Sunflor Allura.’

The flowers are very unique in shape, and have a vibrant colour pattern of creamy-white and intense burgundy.

Dianthus and carnations are always popular with consumers, so this vibrant new variety will likely be a great seller at retail.

A few key points:

• An early bloomer.

• A naturally compact habit.

• No PGR needed.

 
‘CHIMERAL’ COLOUR PATTERN

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'Chipotle.'

Hort Couture's display was, as usual, elegant and chic, complete with a couple of HC's trademark Shady Lady Mannequins wearing their chapeau and colourful frocks!

Hort Couture is especially well known for its Under The Sea Series of coleus, but this year, one of their ipomoea in the South of The Border Collection, called ‘Chipotle,’ caught my attention. It has a nice shape, trails just a bit, and the stems are just strong enough to hold the leaves up to make a fairly even canopy of foliage.

HC describes this variety as being a “lime and wine” colour combination.

Some key points:

• Colour pattern is chimeral, so it varies from plant to plant and leaf to leaf.

• Reaches 8-10" in height.

• Trails up to 24".

•Medium vigour.

YES, IT’S A STREPTOCARPUS

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‘Ladyslippers Yellow Purple Cap.’

My favourite new plant from Greenfuse for 2014 is a tissue-culture variety of hybrid streptocarpus, called ‘Ladyslippers Yellow Purple Cap.’

It's a strikingly beautiful plant that many people probably wouldn't recognize as streptocarpus. The frilly, bicolour blooms are delicate shades of, yes, yellow and purple. There's another colour/variety called ‘Yellow Pink Cap.’

The key points:

• Available as rooted liners from JVK and Pell.

• Recommended for 5" pots or larger.

• Suitable as an indoor potted crop or patio containers.

• Quantities of rooted cuttings for the first year will be limited, so early ordering is suggested.


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