Suntory to Offer Sun Parasol URC Program
Beginning in January, growers will be able to purchase a group of Sun Parasol mandevilla varieties as unrooted cuttings. Up until now, the Sun Parasol line has been a domestically produced rooted program. While that will continue, growers who would like to purchase unrooted cuttings (URC) will have the opportunity for the Sun Parasol Original varieties and Garden Crimson.
The primary source for unrooted cuttings is Vivero International in Mexico.
Varieties include Sun Parasol Original Crimson, Cream Pink, Pink, White and Garden Crimson. Aris Horticulture will also offer unrooted cuttings from its production facilities in Florida.
Varieties covered in the URC program include:
- Original Crimson
- Original Pink
- Original Cream Pink
- Original White
- Original Dark Red
- Original Burgundy
- Original Strawberry
- Original Stars & Stripes
- Garden Crimson
Royalty reduction – from 20 cents to 12 cents on Original varieties and Garden Crimson
Tags – Current inventory of larger tags will transition to a mini tag for Original varieties and Garden Crimson.
The remaining Sun Parasol varieties, including the Giant Group, Pretty Group, Apricot and Designer White, will remain a rooted program.
Sun Parasol rooted licensees include Sun-Fire Nurseries and Aris Horticulture in Florida, EuroAmerican Propagators and Plug Connection in California, D.S. Cole Growers in New Hampshire and Orchard Park Growers in Ontario, Canada.
Suntory Flowers will be working with brokers and Vivero to arrange production samples for growers. Callused and uncallused cuttings are available. Interested growers may contact Vaughn Fletcher at [email protected] to arrange free production samples.