Plant Trials

Poinsettia Trial Standouts

In my last newsletter, I discussed the 25th anniversary of the North American Poinsettia Trials. So much has changed in the poinsettia world since 1993 — from hybrids to unique new colors. Poinsettias have certainly... more »

New Poinsettias for 2018 — How Did They Perform?

Happy 25th anniversary! In 1993, Jim Barrett, Allen Hammer and Roy Larson came together with the poinsettia breeders to create the National Poinsettia Trials. They evaluated 31 cultivars from three companies: Paul Ecke Ranch, Ball... more »

2017 Summer Trials All Stars

I have written about many annuals and perennials from summer trials last year. However, there are many other current varieties and 2018 introductions that need our attention. These specific plants were eye catchers in multiple... more »

AAS Approves New Judges, Display Gardens and Treasurer

All-America Selections, the only non-profit organization for trialing and testing new ornamental and vegetable varieties for the home consumer, met recently during the American Seed Trade Association’s Annual Flower and Vegetable Seed Conference in San Diego,... more »

Celebrating 25 Years of Poinsettia Trials

While the traditional poinsettia-selling season has come to an end, now is an excellent time to review their performance. Which varieties were most successful this year, and are there any new varieties you want to... more »

Bayer Names New T&O Global Market Manager

Environmental Science, a business unit of Crop Science, a division of Bayer, has appointed Jose Milan Turf & Ornamentals Global Market Manager. In this role, Milan will have a global focus on delivering exceptional Bayer brand experience... more »

Hardy Performers

The perennial market continues to grow, as breeders introduce more varieties with improved hardiness, disease resistance, durability and summer performance. As columnist Vaughn Fletcher explains in his most recent article, "Phenomenal Perennials," we are currently... more »

Bring on the Heat

While most of the country is wearing winter coats and preparing for snow (if it hasn't hit already), now is still a great time to talk about heat! Heat-loving plants, that is. While summer seems... more »

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