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Sunday
Nov092014

Jade Princess

Jade Princess is the latest millet, bred for it's ornamental qualities. It's a neat sun foliage plant, with intense chartreuse leaves that contrast with the fragrant dark brown upright plumes. It is sterile, so no seeds are produced.

  • Zone:Treat as Annual
  • Height: 36-48"
  • Spread: 20-24" Habit: Upright and Mounded
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Moisture: Just Moist.

 This beast is a perfect plant, when used as a point plant in large circuler beds. It also is a nice sized center plant, when used in a container, planted with up-right, and/or trailing plants. What I like is, it blooms for about fourteen weeks, and the fact that it's sterile.

    ---- so no seeds are produced!

Monday
Oct062014

KaBloom

Guess what new seed series is going to knock your socks off?

KaBloom! is the first seed produced calibrachoa.  KaBloom brings you all the benefits that seed varieties offer compared to vegetative propagated varieties.

Zone: Treat as Annual
Height: 12-18“
Spread: 10-12“
Habit: Upright, Mounding, and Trailing
Exposure: Full Sun
Moisture: Just Moist, never Excessively  Wet

KaBloom has better disease tolerance, better branching, more economical production. Plus, KaBloom generates the same amount of colour as mid-vigour vegetative varieties. Hey, side by side, you can’t tell the difference!

Consider KaBloom as a Premium Product for mono-containers, or as a component in combos. The six core colours available at present are:  Rose, Deep Blue, Deep Red, Deep Pink, Yellow and White.

   ---  Yep, this is a fantastic seed breeding breakthrough!

Sunday
Oct052014

Calibrachoa Aloha

Calibrachoa Aloha Series
(Solanaceae Aloha)

Zone: Treat as annual
Height: 25-35cm (10-14")
Spread: 30-45cm (12-18")
Habit: Upright and Mounding
Exposure: Full Sun
Moisture: Just Moist, Never Wet

Calibrachoa are some of the most popular bedding plants that we grow. Each new series appears to have at least one or more greenhouse growing problems. Which could be too dry, too wet, too hot, hey you name it. But get them rooted, and growing on in a large basket or container, then you have a fantastic show.

The Aloha Series, from Dümmen, are considered to be warm-season annuals to tender perennials, with more upright stems that create more of a mounding plant rather than the usual spreading, sprawling growth habit.

The Calibrachoa in this series produce slightly larger-sized flowers. These blossoms appear prolifically through out the growing season.

Heat-loving and ever-blooming, Calibrachoa grow best in, full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. The Aloha Series plants are a bit more forgiving of low-acidic soils. They should be fed regularly and do not require deadheading but bloom better into autumn if they are lightly trimmed back in late summer to rejuvenate.

What I like is these colourful bedding plants work perfectly in mixed containers, hanging baskets,
   --- and garden borders!

Friday
Sep262014

Osteospermum White

Osteospermum Akila® Daisy White F1

White Osteospermums are not unique, but a clear White Osteo with a Yellow Centre is a novelty. Especially, since it is also easily grown from seed.

Zone: Treat as Annual
Height: (10-24”)
Spread: (10-12”)
Habit: Compact and Mounded
Exposure: Full Sun
Moisture: Just Moist

Akila® Daisy White is a tidy, uniform plant, with open flowers, that produces non-stop blooms all summer. Even the southern judges praised Akila’s ability to keep blooming in the heat and the fact, they also showed more drought tolerance than other osteos.

Akila is also the recipient of Europe's FleuroSelect Gold Medal award, for garden performance, and it's tidy mounding habit. Something one seldom sees, with most competitive Osteos in the market place.

   ----Yes it is on order for 2015!

Sunday
Sep142014

Rose Stripe

Rose Stripe New Day Gazania

(Gazania rigens)

 

Zone:  Treat as Annual
Spread: 15 - 20cm (6 - 8")
Height:  20-25cm  (8-10")
Habit: Upright and  Mounded
Exposure:  Full Sun
Moisture:  Just Moist

 

This is the first stand alone striped New Day variety, and is well-matched to the series.

 

The New Day Gazanias have a more uniform flowering period than the Kiss Gazania Series, and sport a larger flower as well . Being  compact, and sturdy, these beasts will hold better at retail as well. New Day is well-suited to high-density retail packs and small container production.

What I like is they are more drought-tolerant than any previous gazania series, therefore they perform better in containers and baskets,

   --- and excel as a garden edging or ground cover!

Friday
Aug222014

Medinilla magnifica

There are approximately 400 species of Medinilla, of which, only the magnifica is grown as a houseplant.

The family name of the Medinilla is Melastomataceae. Medinilla magnifica finds its origin in the mountains of the Philippines. It is an epiphyte, which is a plant that grows on other trees but does not withdraw its food from those trees as parasites do.

 Now this is really different, yep I gotta get me one of these.

When the botanists started growing Medinilla in greenhouses, it was such a great success, that now,
   --- we all can enjoy the beauty of Medinilla!