Nine new mum varieties were on display by Syngenta Flowers Inc. at Cultivate ’16 in Columbus, Ohio last month.
The varieties included two garden mum families and seven individual garden mum varieties. Mum families are complementary varieties based on similar timing, habit and flower form to create consistent combinations.
“Mum combinations are very popular with consumers because they provide a great variety of color,” Kent Carrell, market manager of Syngenta Flowers, said. “Using our new mum introductions, growers can build more successful combinations as they are known to work well together in terms of consistency and uniformity.”
At Cultivate, there were three families on display from Syngenta. The Nikki garden mum family is one of the new families available in 2017 and will come in yellow, orange and dark pink. It’s remarkable because of its ability to tolerate late-season frost. The Rhonda family is also new a garden mum family. It will come in six beautiful colors and flowers later in the season than any other Syngenta assortment. Finally, the Milton family of pot mums will be available this year in two bicolor options which are good on their own or in combination.
“These new mums have been trialed across North America so growers and consumers can trust they will perform well,” Mark Smith, technical service lead for Syngenta Flowers, said. “Whether creating a combination or single-color program, mums from Syngenta Flowers will deliver long shelf life.”
Syngenta intends to have the varieties available to the public for the 2017 season.
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