Variety Day 2020

Posted: August 13, 2020
People in the trial gardens voting and looking at new varieties.

Plantpeddler held our annual Variety Day, Friday August 7, along with celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the company. The trials were held in the new site, completed the Spring of 2020, and represents an investment in grower success by “Testing the Best in the Midwest”. The event showcased nearly 1,500 varieties of vegetative annuals in large containers, hanging baskets and beds from a global array of breeders.

Growers, breeders, brokers, and retailers spent the day evaluating the Trial Gardens, attending seminars by industry professionals, and touring the greenhouses. Presenters included: Broch Martindale, Corteva; Elizabeth Burdett, Selecta; Mike Faber and Ivan Izzo, BFG; Nathan Sell, Dümmen Orange; Dr. Christopher Currey, Iowa State University. Participants had the opportunity to vote on their top three varieties. The winner this year, Bracteantha Granvia Gold, finished seventh in 2019, and was the overwhelming first choice for 2020.

The Top 25 Varieties:

Ranking Genus Series and Variety Breeder

  1. Bracteantha Granvia Gold Suntory
  2. Begonia I’Conia Upright Fire Dümmen Orange
  3. Begonia Encanto Pink Beekenkamp
  4. Begonia Mistral Orange Selecta One
  5. Verbena Vanessa Compact Neon Pink Danziger
  6. Dahlia LaBella Medio Fun Purple Improved Beekenkamp
  7. Begonia Mahogany Cherry Westhoff
  8. Eupatorium Elegant Feathers Kientzler
  9. Petunia Hippy Chick Danziger
  10. Verbena Temari Trailing Red Suntory
  11. Angelonia Alonia Big Bicolor Purple Danziger
  12. Impatiens Insp Sunpatiens Compact Tropical Rose Sakata
  13. Euphorbia Hip Hop Fleurizon
  14. Begonia I’Conia Portofino Citrix Dümmen Orange
  15. Petunia Ray Pistachio Cream Danziger
  16. Catharanthus Soiree Double Pink Suntory
  17. Lantana Havana Sunset Dümmen Orange
  18. Petunia Itsy Magenta Syngenta Flowers
  19. Lantana Bandana Cherry Sunrise Syngenta Flowers
  20. Coleus Stained Glassworks Golden Gate Dümmen Orange
  21. Bidens Golden Empire Danziger
  22. Verbena Vanessa Compact Optik Lavender Danziger
  23. Osteospermum Zion Purple Sun Selecta One
  24. Calibrachoa MiniFamous Neo Double OrangeTastic Selecta One
  25. Tie 25 MultiLiner DuraBella Red White & Blueberry Danziger
  26. Tie 25 Geranium Insp Calliope Large Orange Splash Syngenta Flowers
  27. Tie 25 Verbena Lanai Upright Twister Watercolor Syngenta Flowers
  28. Tie 25 Begonia Hiemalis, Hailey Pink Koppe
  29. Tie 25 Petunia Ray Black Danziger

The event was made even more enjoyable by the perfect weather, outstanding color in the gardens, with food and networking under the big tent. We greatly appreciate all of the breeders for submitting genetics, all supporting vendor partner sponsors, the team at Plantpeddler for all the efforts and hosting, and especially everyone who attended.

Mark your calendars: Plantpeddler Poinsettia Variety Day on December 3, 2020. Plantpeddler Variety Day on August 6, 2021. Please make plans to attend both events. For more information and images from this or other Plantpeddler events, please contact us at Thank you.