Apr 24, 2018
Crazy for Calibrachoa By Jasmina Dolce

Now that the 2018 California Spring Trials have wrapped up, I have thousands (yes … thousands) of photos to go through and dozens of pages of notes to attempt to decipher (I tend to write in chicken scratch). The coastal journey was incredibly busy, but my team and I learned so much about what’s coming to the marketplace next season and beyond.

It’s always interesting to see what kinds of trends recur at various stops. There’s always certain species that are more abundant than others or certain colors and plant traits that stand out from multiple breeders. Once I get my photos and literature in order, I’ll be able to report more in detail about those trends, but one thing did stand out off the top of my head.

Calibrachoas. Calibrachoas everywhere.

And that makes perfect sense; 2018 is the Year of the Calibrachoa, after all. Either the National Garden Bureau was on to something when it chose its plant of the year, or breeding companies are paying attention and supplying the demand. Either way, the calibrachoa introductions were outstanding. New colors, improved performance, better timing, more uniformity, the list goes on.

That being said, I’d like to share some of our favorite new calibrachoa introductions with you.

‘Aloha Nani Tropicana’
Dümmen Orange

‘Cruze Control White’
Green Fuse Botanicals

‘Superbells Doublette Love Swept’
Proven Winners

‘Cabrio Yellow’
Syngenta Flowers

‘Lia Blue’

Funtastick ‘Celebration Cherry Red’

‘Chameleon Atomic Orange’

‘Uno Pink Strike’

Are calibrachoas one of your top sellers? Are there any specific varieties or series that outperform others in your production? Shoot me an email and let me know; I’d love to hear from you.

— Jasmina

Jasmina Dolce

Jasmina Dolce is managing editor of GPN magazine. She can be reached at [email protected]

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