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29/01/2009: IPM Essen
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The industry votes for its favourite 2016 season varieities


Read on for the Results!

Record visitor numbers to this year’s Summer Showcase at Ball Colegrave voted for their favourite varieties on show using a blue marker flag. And with over 1300 catalogue varieties, 300 new varieties and 600 experimental products on display, there was certainly plenty to choose from!

However the varieties which received the most flags once again leaned heavily towards ‘New Varieties’, suggesting the market continues to hunger for innovative new plant products as Growers and Retailers look to stay one step ahead of the trend.

Here are three of this year’s shining stars voted for by our 2,000 visitors:

NEW 2016 Coleus ‘Campfire’ (P)

This Coleus is on Fire!

The highly decorative foliage of Coleus Campfire brings a vibrant new addition to our premium Coleus collection.

The bright, eye-catching orange foliage of this new variety is perfect for the sunny patio plant market. Its vibrancy really intensifies in full sun and looks great in partial shade.

What’s more, this stunning Coleus provides months of colour without a single flower. It is a late flowering variety, which means the foliage looks as sharp and clean at the end of the season as it does at the end.

A fantastic foliage plant to create the most stunning of combination planters, or simply planted on their own for high colour impact.

This is a big bold plant with a garden height of 36-91cm and spread of 61- 91cm.

Ideal for 1 to 2 litre premium pots, producing a high quality saleable plant in just 5-6 weeks.

Available as a large ‘pinched’ Ball 66 plug, delivery weeks 12-18. A high impact colour Ball label is supplied with the plugs.

NEW 2016 Osteospermum ‘3D Violet Ice’

Eye-Popping Blooms!

The most popular colour in our new series of 3D Osteospermum is Violet Ice…a real head turner!

3D will without doubt create real ‘wow’ at retail. This significant improvement over previous forms of Osteospermum looks stunning with its unique double flowers appealing plant shape.

Because it has a real double flower, the outer petals simply cannot close under low light levels. So unlike other Osteo’s, the 3D flower always stays open which means Garden Centres can maximise every hour they are open to sell this beauty straight off the bench in colour.

3D can be finished in production under very cool conditions making not only a better quality plant as a result, but also an excellent low energy premium crop to grow. Ideal for any pot size from 10.5cm to a 13cm pot.

Garden height is 25-35cm, making this a tidy patio plant for most sized gardens.

Osteospermum 3D is available in 5 colours; Lemon Ice, Purple, Silver, Violet Ice and Yellow. It is available as a Ball 84 plugs, weeks 8-16. A high impact colour Ball label is supplied with the plants.

NEW 2016 Petunia ‘Night Sky’

A Rising Star for Retail sales!

Petunia Night Sky really shines in baskets and containers with the white spots on the dark violet flowers looking like an ever-changing constellation in the night sky.

It’s easy to see why this new variety just recently received the 2015 Fleurostar Award. It is simply an extraordinary new colour pattern. An absolute first for Petunia, perfect as a stand-alone item and already looks to be rising star in Garden Centres this coming season!

Night Sky has a vigorous, semi-trialing habit with excellent branching and early flowering, making it a perfect plant for patio baskets and containers. We recommend growing this variety in a 10.5cm to 13cm pot.

Good specific cultural information is available for Growers to get the very best plant habit and flower quality.

Available in a Ball 84 plug tray with high impact colour labels available.

What is the Blue Flag survey?
The ‘Blue Flag’ survey is a measurable study that identifies sales opportunities right through the supply chain and enables Ball Colegrave customers to determine what varieties are “favourites” as visitors place a blue flag beside their favourite plant. Over 1,500 blue flags were placed this year during trade and public days.

Other Facts about our Trial Grounds
Ball Colegrave has been conducting plant variety trials and customer open days from their Trial Grounds in West Adderbury for 52 years. Today’s Trial Grounds not only presents the companies assortment of catalogue varieties in a rich display of settings and retail ideas, but also comprehensively evaluates hundreds of new future lines before introduction. This ensures that when a product is introduced in the Ball Colegrave catalogues, our staff and visitors have seen it and know it performs under UK growing conditions!

Over 50,000 Annual and Perennial plants are bedded out in the trial and display beds and in excess of 3,000 baskets and patio containers are planted up for the event.

Traditionally the Trial Grounds were attended by Parks and Nurserymen. Today they are joined by an ever increasing number of Garden Centres looking for new plant and retail ideas.


Position Overall Results


Coleus Campfire NEW
2 Osteospermum 3D Violet Ice (P) NEW
3 Petunia Night Sky (P) NEW
4 Calibrachoa Starlight Blue (P) NEW
5 Callafornia Calla Gold Fever NEW
6 Callafornia Calla Festival NEW
7 Begonia Sweet Spice English Rose (P) NEW
8 Petunia Tumbelina® Anna (P) NEW
9 Begonia F1 Whopper Red Bronze Leaf
10 Verbena Sparkle NEW
11 Begonia F1 Majestic Sunburst
11 Begonia Million Kisses® Embrace (P) NEW
13 Begonia F1 Majestic White Pink Picotee
14 Dahlia Dalina® Maxi Salinas (P) NEW
15 Petunia Black Velvet Improved (P)
15 Osteospermum 3D Purple (P) NEW
15 Dianthus F1 Corona Blueberry Magic
18 Sanvitalia Gold Crown (P)
18 Begonia F1 Nonstop® Mocca Deep Orange
18 Dahlia Gallery Art Deco (P)

Position Trade Results
1 Coleus Campfire NEW
2 Osteospermum 3D Violet Ice (P) NEW
3 Petunia Night Sky (P) NEW
4 Callafornia Calla Gold Fever NEW
5 Callafornia Calla Festival NEW
6 Calibrachoa Starlight Blue (P) NEW
7 Begonia F1 Majestic Sunburst
8 Petunia Tumbelina® Anna (P) NEW
9 Verbena Sparkle NEW
10 Begonia F1 Majestic White Pink Picotee
10 Begonia F1 Whopper Red Bronze Leaf
12 Dahlia Dalina® Maxi Salinas (P)
13 Begonia Sweet Spice English Rose (P) NEW
14 Petunia Black Velvet Improved (P)
15 Dianthus F1 Corona Blueberry Magic
16 Dahlia Gallery Pablo (P) NEW
16 Trixi® Spring Valley (P)
18 Sanvitalia Gold Crown (P)
18 Begonia Million Kisses® Embrace (P) NEW
18 Begonia Truffle Peach (P)

Position Consumer Results
1 Calibrachoa Starlight Blue (P) NEW
2 Begonia Million Kisses® Embrace (P) NEW
3 Begonia Sweet Spice English Rose (P) NEW
4 Begonia F1 Nonstop® Mocca Deep Orange NEW
4 Coleus Campfire NEW
6 Begonia F1 Whopper Red Bronze Leaf NEW
6 Callafornia Calla Gold Fever NEW
6 Osteospermum 3D Purple (P) NEW
9 Coleus Henna (P)
9 Petunia Night Sky (P) NEW
9 Petunia Tumbelina® Anna (P) NEW
9 Zinnia Zahara Double Yellow NEW
9 Impatiens Big Bounce Cherry (P) NEW
14 Verbena Sparkle NEW
14 Achillea New Vintage™ Red (P) NEW
14 Alstroemeria Indian Summer (P)
14 Begonia F1 Nonstop® Mocca Scarlet
14 Begonia Sweet Spice Citrus (P) NEW
14 Calibrachoa Can Can™ Coral Reef (P)
14 Calibrachoa Can Can™ Double Pink Vein (P)

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