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Featured Crop Reviews

07
January
2019

Bidens Levels Up

BID Golden Empire 0001'Golden Empire' is a semi-double with larger blooms and overlapping petals

Like a video game character, Bidens is leveling up its game. One of the breeding giants, Danziger from Israel, has focused its breeding efforts to move the genus more mainstream. This is a loaded phrase, but it generally means good things for us—and they are not the only ones hammering at it. Let’s unpack what all this Bidens activity really means.

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‘Pretty in Pink’ expands Bidens into new colors

07
January
2019

Zahara Double Zinnia

ZIN Zahara Double Salmon
Zinnia ‘Zahara Double Salmon’

We’ve added a few new Zahara Doubles to our Zinnia collection.  Salmon is a new shade that’s quite different than most other Zinnia offerings. It opens the color palette, whether for mixing with other Zinnias or combining with other plants—such as blue Salvia.

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‘Zahara Double Bright Orange’ 

Bright Orange is just that—it doesn’t have the red in it that other oranges do. It’s vibrant and light without the heaviness of the other orange. There’s no autumn feeling here.

ZIN Zahara Double White
‘Zahara Double White’

The White—oh, the White. It has renewed our faith in white. We shied away from promoting white because the old blooms hung on when they were brown and really detracted from the plant.  This one blooms long and hard and does not seem to cycle as much.  As a result the white is very pure and clean. Plus this variety buries its dead so you don't have a plant covered with unsightly dead blooms.

These three colors are truly great additions to the line and we’re excited to offer them. We believe the genetics to be outstanding, as witnessed in our field trials.

07
January
2019

Begonia ‘Dark Britt’

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Rose-like blooms of ‘Dark Britt’

‘Dark Britt’ is a Rieger Begonia—the flower resembles a delicate rose with peach overtones. If you look closely, however, you’ll see the tiny Begonia eye. Each petal appears to be made of crepe paper, so fine that you can see light shining through it. We get a lot of blooms with this variety; like a typical Begonia it tolerates shade.

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