May 23, 2011 - 23:00

Three colors have been added to the Buzz series, bred by Thompson & Morgan. Growers can now look forward to Blue Violet, Ivory and Magenta Purple for 2011.

The Buzz series is a group of very compact plants that are ideal for patio containers and smaller gardens. In the garden, Buzz will reach a height of 36 inches yet will remain at 24 inches if in a garden container, while offering blooms the size of a much larger plant. Buzz is also drought tolerance once established.

Growers should plan on Buzz liners filling gallon containers in 12 to 15 weeks — this is an ideal choice for fast cropping in the spring. Transplant in February/March for early summer sales, or in September/October for larger containers for the upcoming season.

Well-drained soil with moderate to low watering is required. Buzz’s habit looks best if grown in high light with cooler temperatures, and can be pinched in the spring for improved shape and to increase the number of blooms on the plant.

Buzz grows quickly in the garden in warm weather and will benefit from pruning and deadheading. It is hardy to Zone 5.

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