Dr. Allan Armitage’s 2017 CAST Favorites
Celosia Bright Sparks and Viola Freefall XL are among Dr. Allan Armitage’s 2017 CAST Favorites! Below is an excerpt from an article written by Dr. Armitage for Greenhouse Grower:
Celosia Bright Sparks Series (Floranova)
A number of handsome celosias were introduced this year, but this one from Floranova gets my vote. The plants were compact but not too short. The flowers were bright but not gaudy, and the mix was outstanding (I may be a sucker for yellow, but ‘Bright Sparks Yellow’ was amazing). These plants are eye-grabbers, and I see no problem why this would not be one of the best-selling celosias at retail.
Viola Freefall XL (Floranova)
I have not shared any violas this trip — that is not to say there weren’t any, but other plants caught my eyes more than the violas. At Floranova, I looked closely at this new series and saw pendulous stems with much larger flowers than their original Freefall series. I most enjoyed the calm color of ‘Freefall XL Azure Blue.’ This brand-new offering allows retailers and consumers another choice in the basket and container pansies made so popular by the Cool Wave series.