Vaughn’s View: Vigorous, Vibrant & Unique Introductions

This article highlights new annuals in the Costa Premier Spring Trial from my late February visit. In my May article, I covered 10 unique and distinctive varieties from seven international flower breeders; in this article,... more »


Culture Report: Streptocarpus Ladyslippers

A class houseplant selection that has undergone a reinvention is the streptocarpus. First documented for commercial use in England in 1818 by the Kew Gardens plant collector James Bowie and native to South Africa, streptocarpus... more »

Trends From CAST

Just like crows looking for things that are bright, new and shiny, GPN staff once again flew out to California Spring Trials to see the plants. Most of the plants will be available to growers... more »

Mum Banquet Red Bicolor

Culture Report — Intrinsa Garden Mums 

While the multiflora chrysanthemum is native to Asia, garden mums are now ubiquitous autumn plants that offer an array of celebratory colors for harvest time throughout much of North America. The sea of yellow, oranges,... more »

 CONTAINER SIZE  CROP TIME  4- to 6-inch pots (1 liner)  7-9 weeks  8- to 10-inch pots (2-3 liners)  12 weeks  12-inch pots (3 to 4 liners)  12 weeks  14-inch pots (4 to 5 liners)  12 weeks 

Sun Parasol Mandevillas: Culture Report

For 20 years, Suntory Flowers has been planting paradise with Sun Parasol mandevillas. Once consumers experience the easy care and outstanding summer garden performance, they are hooked. Extensive breeding has delivered shorter crop times, superior... more »

Vanessa Compact Bourdeux

Culture Report: Vanessa Compact Bourdeux

Verbena used to be a challenge to grow and many growers were stepping away from this crop due to powdery mildew, cycling out of color, and propagation issues. If you grew verbena in the past,... more »

Cha Cha Tangerine hanging basket

Culture Report: Calibrachoa Cha-Cha Series

Cha-Cha calibrachoa was launched for spring 2021 and quickly established itself as a colorful and novelty choice for large containers, hanging baskets and mixes. This full-sized series is 25% more vigorous than the Cabaret series... more »

'Bumble Bee Hot Pink' by Ball FloraPlant

Colorful & Durable Calibrachoas

I have highlighted many calibrachoa introductions in my previous articles for their unique flower patterns and summer performance. The current plethora of calibrachoa varieties offers a multitude of patterns, colors and plant habits. The attributes... more »

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