Ball Centennial Collection
Ball Seed celebrates a century of expertise with the Ball Centennial Collection, a group of exclusive plants from the industry’s leading breeding and production companies. With the goal of providing a glance into history while emphasizing the innovation that will take the industry into the next century, the Ball Centennial Collection features new twists on old favorites as well as up-and-coming plants that are gaining popularity with growers, retailers and consumers. The following is a list of materials in the collection:
- Kong coleus (Sakata Seed Corporation): Introduced at the 2004 California Pack Trials, Kong has five bold color combinations.
- ‘Dulce Rosa’ euphorbia (Paul Ecke Ranch): This all-new hybrid is fast-flowering with an upright bract habit that’s good for spring potted plants and fall landscapes in the Sunbelt.
- BullsEye geranium (Goldsmith Seeds): BullsEye is fully zoned and has dark foliage edged in light green. This unique, stable center zoning has four flower colors.
- Luna hibiscus (PanAmerican Seed Co.): Luna has large, showy flowers on compact perennial plants.
- ‘Potpourri White’ lavender (Kieft Seeds Holland): The first white L. angustifolia variety from seed. It is more winter hardy and cold tolerant, with good tolerance to foliar diseases compared to other lavenders.
- ‘Cotton Candy’ mandevilla (Lake Area Nursery): The pink blooms are “cotton candy pink” and contrast with the glossy dark-green foliage.
- ‘Sunrise Serenade’ morning glory (K. Sahin, Zaden BV): Big double flowers with wavy-edged, 2 1/2- to 3-in. blooms show off a rich, cherry red color with contrasting white base.
- Serenity osteospermum (Ball FloraPlant): Good cool-season performer with bright colors and good flower forms on early-flowering, naturally compact plants. There are seven colors, including two novelty spoon types.
- ‘Whiskers Orange’ pansy (Ernst Benary Samenzucht GmbH): Each one of these mid-size, deep orange blooms features a unique “cat face” pattern.
- ‘Taffy’ poinsettia (Paul Ecke Ranch): A unique marbled eight-week variety with upright bract habit.
- Amethyst scaevola (Cohen Propagation Nursery): Shorter internodes mean Amethyst has a controlled habit. The plants also have a dark blue flower color with little to no eye.
- Ballad F1 sunflower (PanAmerican Seed Co.): This no-pollen sunflower is mildew tolerant and has shiny green-leaves with bright golden-yellow flowers that surround a deep bronze center.
- ‘Bush Champion’ F1 tomato (Seminis Garden): This extra-early, compact plant works well for large containers or small space gardens.
- Titan F1 vinca (PanAmerican Seed Co.): This vinca series has a nice coloring and foliage. It has increased disease and stress tolerance, extra-early flowering and “super-sized” blooms.
For more information about the Ball Centennial Collection visit www. ballseed.com.