My Top 3 Picks From Proven Winners' Spring Lineup
One of my complaints about bedding plants is that many are intolerant of Florida's hot and muggy conditions. "Spring" annuals offered at the nursery are often best planted in fall, as they tend to poop out as it warms up in April here in Florida Luckily, Rick Schoelhorn happens to hail from the University of Florida and understands these challenges. He recommended planting their popular Superbell and Supertunia lines in fall so they'll have a longer growing season, taking cold snaps with ease.
Also addressed were some of the qualities that Proven Winners looks for while breeding and selecting plants, including a strong scaffolding (branching) pattern, compact habit, heat and drought tolerance, bright colors, and sterility.
Sterility usually has negative connotations for guys like me, and I'm not talking about the sterility that prevents you from being a baby factory. I happen to like starting plants from seed, and I get a genuine feeling of accomplishment to grow exotic plants out of nothing. When it comes to annuals, however, I would much rather purchase a healthy and vigorous plant that doesn't need to be babied, only to die within a season. It's just really not worth the trouble for me. A sterile annual is actually ideal since you don't have to waste your time deadheading to get a compact and bushy form.
There were plenty of the pretty and floriferous annuals you would expect, but the plants that really stood out to me in the presentation had a genuine tropical punch to them and could easily sit alongside palms and bromeliads in a tropical garden.
If you're looking for more info on Proven Winner's new offerings for Spring of 2011, head over to their helpful website! To read more about the Outdoor Living Extravaganza, check out Part One of the post.