Variety Info

Petunia Basket Medley

In earlier articles, I highlighted new and unique annuals and perennials in last year’s summer trials. My evaluation would be incomplete without an article on the Raker-Roberta’s trial in Litchfield, Michigan. This is one of... more »

Hot Tropics - Aglaonema

Let’s Talk Aglaonema

Aglaonemas, which originated from Asia and New Guinea, have typically been labeled as “Chinese Evergreens.” It is surprising that this name has stuck around now that there are so many versions of these that exhibit... more »

Houseplants are Hot!

In case you haven’t heard, houseplants are hot! According to GardenResearch.com’s National Gardening Survey, nearly one-third of all the households in America purchased a houseplant in 2017. When GardenResearch.com does its 2018 survey, I am... more »

Culture Report: Begonia Top Hat Series

Tophat begonia is an exciting new introduction into the XL begonia class from Syngenta Flowers. It has many benefits to growers and consumers that set it apart from the competition. Tophat has the only white... more »

Sizzling Summer Combinations

I attended the Southern Plant Tour in June and returned to North Carolina in mid-August to evaluate summer performance. Metrolina Greenhouses trialed more than 250 sun combination baskets with minimal shade under a pergola structure.... more »

Top Honors Go To …

Each year, various organizations  around the world — like All-America Selections and Fleuroselect — conduct their own trials to test plant performance and gauge consumer interest. They are dedicated to sharing information on the top-performing... more »

Winners Circle

Selecting which varieties to grow and market to your customers each year can be quite tasking. You may travel to trial sites or even conduct your own in-house trials to evaluate variety performance. With hundreds... more »

Let’s Talk Combo Pots

For years our industry has been utilizing combo pots for entryways and patios. The main accent centerpiece items have typically been a dracaena spike or fountain grass. Although they have their own merits, enough already!... more »

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