Jun 21, 2007
UF Trial Garden Announces Spring Award WinnersSource: University of Florida

The University of Florida trial garden recently selected its spring award winners based on April and May garden performance when weather conditions are similar to late spring in the Southeast and summer in the Midwest. The trial places significant emphasis on new introductions. It is the first opportunity for growers to see a comparative trial in the East of varieties introduced at the California Pack Trials.

The Florida trials recognize 10 varieties as the Best New Varieties and recognition is given to Outstanding New Varieties. See which varieties may fit into your production schedule for next spring.

Best New Varieties

Ageratum ‘Patina Delft’ (S&G Flowers)
Coleus ‘Big Red Judy’ (Proven Winners)
Coleus ‘Lancelot Velvet Mocha’ (Proven Winners)
Coreopsis ‘Corey Yellow’ (Fischer USA)
Lobelia ‘Magadi Blue White Eye’ (Selecta First Class)
Petunia ‘Potunia Pink’ (Dummen USA)
Salvia Sparkler series (Proven Winners)
Vinca Cora series (Goldsmith Seeds)
Zinnia ‘Solcito’ (PanAmerican Seed)

Outstanding New Varieties

Angelonia ‘Alonia Pink’ (Danziger)
Basil ‘Pesto Perpetuo’ (Proven Winners)
Calibrachoa ‘MiniFamous Compact Watermelon’ (Selecta First Class)
Dianthus ‘Supra Red’ (Hem Genetics)
Gerbera ‘Patio Enduring Burgundy’ (Ball Seed)
Geranium ‘Mystical White’ (J.P. Bartlett)
Musa ‘Little Prince’ (Agri-Starts)
Nemesia ‘Experimental Rose’ (Sakata Seed America)
Osteospermum ‘Sideshow White’ (Sakata Seed America)
Petunia ‘Littletunia Pink’ (Danziger)
Pseuderanthemum ‘Black Varnish’ (GroLink)
Scaevola ‘Surdiva White’ (Suntory Collection)
Talinum ‘Limon’ (PanAmerican Seed)
Verbena ‘Empress Strawberry’ (Dummen USA)
Verbena ‘Lanai Purple Star’ (Fischer USA)

Best Of Trials (Spring)

Begonia ‘Ambassador Pink’ (Sakata Seed America)
Bracteantha ‘Basket Yellow’ (Selecta First Class)
Coleus ‘Black Knight’ (Proven Winners)
Coleus ‘Big Red Judy’ (Proven Winners)
Dahlia ‘Mystic Illusion’ (Proven Winners)
Diascia ‘Darla Pink’ (Fischer USA)
Geranium ‘Anne’ (J.P. Bartlett)
Geranium ‘Caliente Coral’ (Fischer USA)
Lobelia ‘Magadi Blue’ (Selecta First Class)
Petunia ‘Shockwave Ivory’ (PanAmerican Seed)
Petunia ‘SuperCal Neon Rose’ (Sakata Seed America)
Petunia ‘Supertunia Vista Bubblegum’ (Proven Winners)
Phlox Intensia series (Proven Winners)
Salvia ‘Mystic Spires Blue’ (Ball FloraPlant)
Zinnia ‘Solcito’ (PanAmerican Seed)

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