Fan Favorites That Emerged From Raker-Roberta’s Young Plants Trials

Observe: Info for this trials report comes from Kristi Challender at Raker-Roberta’s Young Plants.

This season’s climate was most likely among the finest, by way of rising and sustaining the multitude of genera showcased in our trials, that I’ve seen in years. The common temperatures from Might by August have been a excessive of 78°F and a low of 55°F. Rainfall whole for the three months was 9.32 inches which was unfold out evenly all through the summer time.

This 12 months, like yearly, we had points with deer stopping by and sampling the big variety of vegetation within the gardens. Their curiosity gave the impression to be extra centered at first of the summer time. Deer block was sprayed to discourage them. On a constructive observe, they didn’t decimate whole genres like in previous years.

New this 12 months was an intensive lower flower mattress to assist promote our new lower flower program for 2023. 164 varieties have been planted in 3-foot by 6-foot plots, staked, and grown with netting. We wished to attempt to observe our focused clientele of smaller, dwelling growers, so we determined to not use weed mat to higher emulate their rising situations. The speculation was that weeding must be concentrated in the beginning of planting and after the flowers crammed in, they’d naturally block out the weeds. For sure, that didn’t go as deliberate. With optimum rising situations, the weeds shortly took over and the lower flower mattress was weedier than we wished. However lesson realized. Subsequent 12 months we shall be laying down weed mat for higher weed management. And even with the over-abundance of weeds, the lower flower mattress was nonetheless an enormous success and properly acquired by our guests. We realized rather a lot from rising the varieties that we’ve and will doubtlessly add to our lower flower program.

It was arduous for me to slender down my favorites to only a few. There have been so many nice entries to select from. This was 12 months for collection to take middle stage. The brand new Begonia Hula collection from PanAmerican Seed is an effective instance. We displayed this collection in 20-inch pots and hanging baskets the place the explosion of colour lasted all summer time. These begonias boasted a well-branched behavior and flowers held abundantly above the foliage. They withstood the weather and have been a fan favourite.

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Begonia ‘Prism Sundown’ (Westhoff) was additionally a showstopper among the many gardens this summer time. Displayed in our 20-inch shade containers, this selection confirmed a kaleidoscope of heat hues in orange, peach, and yellow. This was a spread you noticed from a distance and have been drawn in for a better look.

We additionally featured New Guinea Impatiens within the solar. Though Sakata’s SunPatiens reigned supreme, there have been some notable contenders. Danziger’s Impatiens Sol Luna collection is compact and properly suited to solar. All the colours within the collection have been uniform in form and remained floriferous all summer time. Impatiens Solarscape from PanAmerican Seed is a seed propagated impatiens that additionally preformed equally with its vegetative counterparts. This collection had a uniform, mounded behavior and was lined with flowers. Coming from seed, the Solarscape Impatiens additionally gives a more economical and a extra readably out there choice for growers.

We accumulate knowledge and take images of the whole lot within the Trial Gardens, every week in the course of the season. 4 years of images and knowledge can be found on our web site.

High Performers:

  • Begonia Hula collection (PanAmerican Seed)
  • Petunia x hybrida Supercal Premium Sequence (Sakata Ornamentals)
  • Kniphofia uvaria ‘Glowstick’ (Darwin Perennials)
  • Salvia interspecific Salgoon collection (HilverdaFlorist)
  • Veronica ‘Seaside’ (Brent Horvath/GardenChoice)
  • Plectranthus ‘FanciFillers Guacamole’ (Westhoff)
  • Lantana Heartland collection (Dümmen Orange)
  • Celosia plumosa Flamma collection (Sakata Ornamentals)
  • Rudbeckia hirta Sunbeckia collection (Bull Plant Genetics)
  • Colocasia ‘Coronary heart of the Jungle’ (Confirmed Winners)

Customer favorites:

  • Begonia ‘Prism Sundown’ (Westhoff)
  • Alstroemeria ‘Summer season Paradise Indian Summer season’ (HilverdaFlorist)
  • Begonia Hula collection (PanAmerican Seed)
  • Begonia x hybrida Bionic Sequence (Syngenta Flowers)
  • Bracteantha ‘Granvia Gold’ (Suntory Flowers)
  • Petunia hybrid ‘Supertunia Mini Vista Midnight’ (Confirmed Winners)