Six entries for next ‘Winner with the Wow Factor’

FleuroStar Winner 2017 Calibrachoa PinkTastic – photo: Fleuroselect

FleuroStar Winner 2017 Calibrachoa PinkTastic – photo: Fleuroselect

This years’ FleuroStar Contest includes six entries: Begonia boliviensis interspecific Bossa Nova Night Fever Papaya from Floranova (UK), Fragaria x. ananassa Duch. F1Summer Breeze Pink from ABZ Seeds (Netherlands), Impatiens hawkeri Roller Coaster Hot Pink from Dümmen Orang (Netherlands), Osteospermum ecklonis Purple Sun from Selecta one (Germany), Salvia x hybrida Mysty from Florensis (Netherlands), and Tagetes erecta Little Duck Orange from Ameriseed (Thailand). The contest is organized by Fleuroselect, the international organisation for the ornamental plants industry. The winner will succeed Selecta one’s Calibrachoa PinkTastic from last year.
Begonia boliviensis interspecific Bossa Nova Night Fever Papaya – photo: Fleuroselect

Begonia boliviensis interspecific Bossa Nova Night Fever Papaya – photo: Fleuroselect

Begonia boliviensis interspecific Bossa Nova Night Fever Papaya brings according to breeder Floranova (UK) the vibes of the Carnival in Rio to one’s garden or patio. “This latest addition to the successful Bossa Nova F1 series displays a multitude of cascading, light orange flowers that contrast strikingly with the darker foliage. Bossa Nova is an interspecific seed type Boliviensis with the mounding/spreading habit of a Begonia from cuttings. Its dense, basal branching ensures multiple branches on a very sturdy plant, making for abundantly filled hanging baskets and containers that flower until the first frost.”
The Bossa Nova series now includes nine varieties in different shades of red, orange, pink, white and yellow.
Fragaria x. ananassa Duch. F1Summer Breeze Pink - photo: Fleuroselect

Fragaria x. ananassa Duch. F1Summer Breeze Pink – photo: Fleuroselect

Fragaria x. ananassa Duch. F1Summer Breeze Pink is an ornamental F1 strawberry from seed bred by ABZ Seeds. According to the breeder Summer Breeze Pink combines stunning pink, double, rose-like flowers with an abundance of fresh summer fruit. “This variety guarantees continuous colour as the plant grows copious crowns of double flowers which do not lose their petals. Meanwhile the lush yield of strawberries refreshes and sweetens any moment at once. Pink flowers and red fruits combine to create a very trendy colour contrast that truly catches the eye.” [read more]
Impatiens hawkeri Roller Coaster Hot Pink – photo: Fleuroselect

Impatiens hawkeri Roller Coaster Hot Pink – photo: Fleuroselect

Impatiens hawkeri Roller Coaster Hot Pink is an entry from breeder Dümmen Orange. “The big ruffled petals in vibrant pink lie beautifully on top of the green foliage while the semi-doubleness of the flowers adds an aura of dimension to the plant. Growers will love the excellent branching habit which makes the plants firm and sturdy and the bright colour can’t help but catch the eye at point of sale. Roller Coaster Hot Pink performs wonderfully well in landscaping and is a bright addition for the balcony or garden.”
Osteospermum ecklonis Purple Sun – photo: Fleuroselect

Osteospermum ecklonis Purple Sun – photo: Fleuroselect

The several shades of Osteospermum ecklonis Purple Sun from Selecta one fade into a deep purple ring that surrounds the heart of the flower. “Growers will love the good branching and the easily controllable plant habit. Purple Sun can perfectly be integrated in any existing Osteo-production scheme and the enchanting orange-purple colour combination will genuinely shine at point of sale. Consumers will love the non-fading colours and excellent outdoor performance.”
Salvia x hybrida Mysty – photo: Fleuroselect

Salvia x hybrida Mysty – photo: Fleuroselect

Salvia x hybrida Mysty, an entry of Florensis derives from BallFloraPlant’s breeding program and as described as a compact salvia that is about 25 to 35% less vigorous than Mystic Spires, another variety bred by BallFloraPlant. “This makes it a better variety for mixes”, states this company.
Florensis characterizes this salvia therefor as a newcomer that will intrigue the entire ornamental chain. “As a naturally compact Salvia it will need no plant growth regulators (PGRs). The magnificent royal blue flowers on the short yet strong stems resemble sapphire flames, captivating in both colour and flower form. The striking blue hue cannot fail to generate impulse buys at point of sale. Mysty’s unique, controlled plant habit not only opens new market possibilities for this crop in patio pots and mixed combos, but also establishes its full potential for landscaping. Plants do not have to be cut back and will bloom all summer long” [read more]
Tagetes erecta Little Duck Orange – photo: Fleuroselect

Tagetes erecta Little Duck Orange – photo: Fleuroselect

Tagetes erecta Little Duck Orange from Ameriseed is a natural dwarf variety with huge, orange flowers. “As Little Duck Orange is genetically compact, it can be grown without the use of PGR making it suitable for bedding and containers. Each huge, double, pom-pom-like flower is a beauty on its own and grouped in beds it offers a spectacular carpet-like view.”
Located in Thailand, breeder AmeriSeed specializes in Hybrid Marigold varieties and also breeds triploid and French Marigolds. Their F1 Marigold varieties include Dwarf, Semi-Dwarf, Semi-Tall, Tall Cut Flower and Garland types.
Expert Jury
Over 30 professionals from a cross-section of breeding, production and retail as well as trade journalists and marketing specialists choose during this week’s FlowerTrials 2018 the Winner with the Wow factor. The new FleuroStar-winner will be announced during the FleuroStar Evening on Thursday, June 14 at Florensis in Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht (Netherlands) [read more]