October 13, 2004 - 11:46


The torenia Moon series has five new color additions, doubling its offerings. ‘Honey Moon’ is just one of the five new color additions to the series. Honey Moon, a distinctive pink color, is a single flower spreading plant that works well in 10- to 13-inch pots or hanging baskets. The series is early blooming, vigorous and weather tolerant. The other new additions include ‘Midnight Moon’, ‘White Moon’, ‘Imp. Pink Moon’ and ‘Pure Moon’.

Temperature during the first three weeks should be between 60 and 64° F; from the fourth week on it should be 64-70° F. For optimum growth and flowering moderate to high light is suggested by the breeder. Moon should be planted February-March, and flowering will take 8-12 weeks, with growing conditions and variety taken into account, allowing it to finish in early summer. One soft pinch 1-2 weeks after planting is suggested with consideration to its size. A constant-feed fertilizer with micronutrients slightly higher in iron works best. A constant supply of water is necessary to keep it from drying out. The breeder suggests a drip system; avoiding products that have high levels of ammonium nitrogen or phosphorus; using a greenhouse covering; and using growth regulators as a last resort. Aphids, white flies and powdery mildew can cause problems for torenia. Using a broad-spectrum fungicide labeled for powdery mildew on a preventative basis is suggested. Danziger “Dan” Flower Farm. 972-3-9602525.


Fleuroselect Gold Medal winner ‘Twins Hot Pink’ and Fleuroselect Quality Award winner ‘Twins Cool White’ are versatile in use — excellent for perennial gardens, beds of annuals and mixed border plantings. These Lavatera trimestris varieties are healthy and disease tolerant. Both introduced in 2004, Hot Pink and Cool White are single-flower annuals, open-pollinated and diploid used as bedding plants. The plants will reach a diameter of about 12-191?2 inches and 12 inches high, forming a ball shape. Hot Pink and Cool White have a flowering period between the end of May to September. Hot Pink has a uniform, compact habit with flower shape and floridity. The earliness, uniformity and compact habit also make Cool White a great representation of the award-winning series. Sow the Twins series in March-April at about 64-68° F. It should be kept moist at all times and covered lightly, continuing to grow at 64-68° F. Transplanting should take place after three or four weeks. Kieft Seeds Holland. (360) 445-2031.


The new White Drift ‘Meiglise’ is the breeder’s first true miniature shrub rose. The blooms are 1-11?2 inches wide and have a very strong spicy fragrance. The pure white flowers begin in late June and continue well until fall. This rose is tough and totally resistant to blackspot and mildew. White Drift is a low-maintenance shrub with rich, glossy green foliage. Meilland Star Roses. (800) 457-1859.


Osteospermum fruticosum ‘Side Show Pink Bicolor’ is ideal for large pots in early spring because of its cold weather tolerance. More compact than the Side Series, the Side Show Series works well in 4- to 6-inch pots, baskets and combination plantings. New colors in the series include White, Purple and Bicolor Purple. Ecke Ranch. (760) 753-1134.


Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Little Honey’ is a new oak-leaf hydrangea with golden-colored summer foliage. Showy, snow-white flower clusters of about 6 inches long appear in June and last until first frost. The plant has a compact, upright spreading habit and is well branched compared to the common species. As the seasons change, Little Honey transforms itself, showing spectacular, deep scarlet fall foliage followed by vibrant, deep reddish-brown winter stem color. It has a mature size of 3x3 feet and is suitable for smaller gardens as well as large landscape projects. Briggs Nursery. (800) 444-1515.


‘Mango Meadowbrite’ echinacea hybrid features neon, mango-yellow rays that are the vibrant hue of its namesake fruit. It has a bright, golden-orange cone, and its habit and general characteristics are otherwise the same as ‘Orange Meadowbrite’. Mango prefers well-drained, moist soil and full sun. It is prized for a long bloom season and sweet, spiced-tea fragrance. Applications include mixed and perennial borders and foundation plantings for home gardens and commercial landscapes. Chicagoland Grows, Inc. (847) 835-8301.

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