All About the Plants

April 13, 2018

Some of the world’s top breeders are fired up to show off their heat and humidity tolerant plant varieties at the 2018 Florida Flower Trials.

The multi-national floriculture company, Danziger, will this year trial both its VanessaTM and PhloxstarTM series, along with new container combinations.

Classic Caladiums, based in Avon Park, Florida, will unveil flagship caladium varieties including the quick germanators Fast Flash and the full-sun tolerant Day Dreamers.

Hem Genetics, a Netherlands-based company who specializes in breeding, development and marketing seed and vegetative-raised ornamental pot and bedding plant varieties, will trial their vincas and dianthus, along with one variety of snapdragons.

A sixth-generation family business, Benary brings six varieties of hearty Super HeroTM marigolds to the trials.

Part of the Ball Horticultural family of companies, PanAmerican Seed, Ball Ingenuity and Selecta one are slated to showcase offerings.

PanAmerican will unveil 12 different varieties including begonias, salvias, pentas, and its zinnia Double ZaharaTM series.

Selecta will share varieties from its Phlox GiseleTM and Salvia SkyscraperTM series.

Ball Ingenuity will trials its  Canna Cannova® Red Flame cannas variety.

Suntory Flowers, which specializes in transforming global landscapes with their bold and colorful collections, brings a new Brindabella RosesTM series, which are touted for their bold aromas.

A third-generation family farming and shipping business that specializes in bulb production, Bates Sons & Daughters will unveil six caladium varieties including Watermelon and Hot Pants.

Vegetable and ornamental seed and vegetative cutting breeder Sakata will showcase 12 Sunpatiens® varieties from the company’s Vigorous and Compact series.

International heavyweight Dümmen Orange® will showcase its New Guinea Impatiens, and coleus, verbena and lantana varieties.

Florist Holland brings five varieties of Garvinea® gerbera daisies.

In addition to viewing how their varieties fare at this year’s three trial sites, all breeders will also gather on May 17 for a Breeders Showcase session, according to Linda Reindl, FNGLA’s director of Education.

“The best part about this session will be that it gives attendees the opportunity to ask questions, and interact directly with some of the world’s premier breeders and growers,” Reindl said. 

For more information on the 2018 Florida Flower Trials, visit

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