Open House Trials

Open House Trials

PlantHaven had very diverse trials this year including 38 Genera covering shrubs, perennials, annuals and tropicals. The trials represented 31 different breeder clients.  These trials included new experimental crops as well as some already on the market.  With the experimental crops, the trials represented the first time we were able to have a look at the plants and see them bloom in the US. This is one of the best times of the year for the PlantHaven team. We had a diverse group of PlantHaven visitors this year including URC suppliers, young plant suppliers, brokers and key growers representing both regional and national sales.  We value the feedback we get from visitors to our trials and use this valuable industry feedback in our selection process for moving forward with new releases. PlantHaven trials are grown under standard nursery conditions, all plants are unvernalized and no plant growth regulators were applied.  The results of these trials provide vital information not only ourselves, but also growers and retailers, with how to successfully produce and sell the new releases coming from PlantHaven. Among the many highlights were low water use current and future WATERSAVER™ Program candidates. Dedicated trials like this, mimicking nursery growing conditions, are the best way to assess a variety of new crops at one time. Join us next year for another instructive and revealing trials. Come see what will be the new hot plant from...
PlantHaven 2016 Fall Trials & Open House

PlantHaven 2016 Fall Trials & Open House

Fall trials time! Get ready for a spectacular Fall Trials and Open House. The PlantHaven Team has been working hard on all the details to make this year’s Open House the best ever. Our 2016 trials feature 148+ experimental candidates, in 38 genera from 31 different breeder clients. We have a dizzying array of varieties from Woodies, Grasses, Tropicals and Annuals to our tried and true Zone 5 hardy perennials. Special attention has been paid this year to Lower water use selections for our WATERSAVER™ Program. Candidates for evaluation include some cool new Australian native selections. New Salvia and Isotoma breeding. Our trials are grown under nursery conditions in standard 1 gallon containers, with unique 2 Gallon show-stopping specimens plus glorious new in-ground beds. The trials offer a unique opportunity to evaluate new varieties in a commercial setting. We look forward to sharing our 2016 Trials with you. Contact PlantHaven to confirm your attendance! We look forward to hearing your top picks!! Location: GroLink 4107 West Gonzales Rd. Oxnard, CA 93036 Dates: August 29-30th, 2016 Time Daily: 9:00 am – 2:00...
The Value of Trials

The Value of Trials

The annual 2015 Fall Trials Open House plant trials are over for this year. The results are in and once again the winner is the marketplace! Our annual plant trials are a vital means of measuring the ability of a particular variety to perform to industry expectations under standard nursery growing conditions. This year a record 400 cultivars were on display for attendees to observe. The Trials include a mix of varieties ranging from selections new to the market, on the market and experimentals grown side-by-side with industry comparisons. PlantHaven’s commitment to trials is featured in the September issue of Ornamental Breeder article, “Put to the Test”. Trials provide a vital source of information for growers and retailers. Facts learned allow successful distribution and marketing of new introductions. We are proud of our plant Trial process and encourage you to come share the excitement at the next Fall Trials Open House in August 2016. Be sure to join us and see for...
PlantHaven Open House 2015 Wrap-Up

PlantHaven Open House 2015 Wrap-Up

If you missed the recent PlantHaven Open House, here are some of the highlights! Oour 2015 Open House coincided with one of the strongest heat waves to hit the California central coast in years, with temperatures in the high 80s and 90s for extended periods. This, combined with our longstanding drought conditions, made for an especially challenging growing environment. Several varieties stood up especially well under the extreme heat. A brand new small leaved variety, Salvia ‘Elk Phoenician Purple,’ bred for its intensely vibrant deep purple flowers and compact well branched habit, put on an exceptional show. ‘Elk Phoenician Purple’ grows to flowering size rapidly. Production can take as little as 10 to 12 weeks from a cutting. The small foliage adds to the heat and drought tolerance of this great new Salvia. This is definitely a Salvia to keep in your sights. Another attention getter was the compact Abutilon Patio Lanterns™ ‘Passion,’ the newest addition from the breeder of Abutilon Lucky Lantern™ ‘Tangerine’ and Abutilon Lucky Lantern™ ‘Red’. ‘Passion’ blooms from spring through fall. Lovely watermelon pink bell shaped flowers face downward and outward carried on strong stems adding to the retail appeal of this premium plant. ‘Passion’ grows quickly, reaching height of 12″ (30 cm) and spread of 14″ (35 cm) in the first year. Begonia Silhouette™ ‘Lemon Rose’ was another hardy beauty that took the heat in stride. Covered with delicate looking soft yellow and blush pink flowers and contrasting dark foliage this prolific bloomer has a branching habit that doubles the display. The tidy rounded habit and compact average 6.5″ x 12.5″ size make ‘Lemon...
PlantHaven Fall Trials Open House

PlantHaven Fall Trials Open House

Come join us! Please join us and be a part of the annual Fall Trials garden evaluations for 2015. The PlantHaven Team has been working hard to make this Open House spectacular. Make your plans now to join us as we present a wide variety of genera grown under nursery conditions in both containers and in ground beds. The trials offer an excellent opportunity to evaluate new varieties, on the market varieties and experimentals in a comparative setting. We welcome your feedback and invite you to let us know what are your favorite varieties from among this extensive selection. Dates: August 24-25th, 2015 Time Daily: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Location: GroLink 4107 West Gonzales Rd. Oxnard, CA 93036 Don’t miss it! Be sure to remember hats and sunscreen, it is usually very hot at this time of year. Click here to contact PlantHaven for reservations. Watch our Spring Trials video...