How two plant developing companies raise new varieties

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In this week’s podcast, Michael chats to two different plant developing companies about how they raise new varieties!

Here’s some information on each one, as well as the sumptuous photos!

Beekenkamp

TomTato – the amazing plant which products tomatoes AND potatoes – it’s not GMO! Novelty for all ages, and it makes space saving sense!

Egg and Chips Plant – the next step in the innovative Solanaceae grafting series, easy ripen Aubergines on the top, and tasty potatoes on the bottom!

Begonia Dreams – using frozen pollen, Thompson & Morgan managed to create a fragrant begonia, smelling good whatever the weather…!

Begonia Solenia – an interesting variety which looks old fashioned, but is actually super modern, for sun and shade, indoors or outdoors! What could be more versatile??

Dahlia La Bella – finally there’s a Dahlia for any space, they don’t need staking and they flower from early summer, quite unlike the late showing varieties of yesteryear!

Danziger

Petunia Queen of Hearts – an amazing, yet actually quite simple variety which has taken the world by storm! Easy for anyone to grow, and a nice valentines gift perhaps!

Petunia ‘Seashells – an exciting new development, not yet available to the public!

Petunia ‘Capella’ – a great garden centre variety, which stays small in the pot, but bursts into growth once it’s planted into the garden or it’s final container! Boom!

Petunia ‘Pistachio’ – a very special and artistic Petunia variety, but is it a marmite plant??

Verbena ‘Vanessa’ – a new bushy variety with mildew resistance in all climates. Uniform shape and abundant flowering, what more could you want from a plant?

Lantana ‘Experimental’ – kaleidoscope of colour, strong habit, it looks exotic but it’s actually super easy to grow!

Calibrachoa – these mini Petunias is are across mainland Europe, it’s strong and flowers its heart it! Could have a bright future in the UK too, fingers crossed!

Jamesbrittania – a lovely little paintbox of flowers, being developed into a strong retail item AND good garden plant by Danziger!

Nemesia – a strong fragranced patio plant which suits most weathers, and flowers longer than ever nowadays!

Portulaca ‘New’ – another new and exclusive plant, it’s andhrubby version of the traditional Portulaca, in a rainbow of colours!

Bidens – a reliable basket and filler plant, now in a range of fresh new colours!

Lavender Giant – I was astounded at the size of the flower on this lavender, it still has the usual delicious fragrance too!

Coreopsis ‘Golden Sphere’ – drought tolerant, easy care plant, with the most perfect round gold blooms. Never stops blooming!

Visit Danziger’s website here, and Beekenkamp here.

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