CAST 2023 Preview: Heme Genetics

CAST 2023 Preview: Heme Genetics

Notable new varieties to be introduced at CAST 2023 by Hem Genetics:

Ageratum houstonianum Kona blue Hem’s most compact Ageratum is part of the “LowGrow” line of products that requires no plant genetics. The Kona is more compact than the Aloha series, ideal for use in packages and for the production of 4-inch pots. Good seed production and produces very uniform seedlings for delivery trays.

Antirrhinum/Snapdragon DoubleShot Series Of tall shoots (18-20 inches) with open-faced double flowers on highly branched plants. DoubleShot is engineered to produce strong stems even under short day production, and is ideal for late-season gallon pots in the Deep South. Their frost and freeze tolerance make them excellent season extenders. Five colors: Apple blossom, scarlet red, bicolor orange, peach and yellow.

Antirrhinum/Snapdragon DoubleShot Two-tone orange It is the 2023 AAS National Winner for both garden performance and container use. Highly branched plants with sturdy stems bear deep orange flowers with white throats and are ideal for rising in flower beds and in mixed containers. The flowers also hold up well when cut inward.

Celosia plumosa arabona series It added three new colors to the previous standalone Arrabona Red. For 2023, Hem has added a bronze-red color, as well as orange and yellow, both with green foliage. Uniform in color, in cool, dry climates reaches 14-16 inches tall, and in warm, humid climates reaches 18-20 inches tall. Perfect dramatic landscape elements that tolerate heat and humidity extremely well.

Salvia shines in Red Hill It is a tall plant with gorgeous red flowers, a heavily branched habit, and produces its red spice profusely throughout the season, reaching a height of 20-24 inches. Perfect for tall accents in the garden, salvia is one of the best hummingbird and pollinator attractants you can grow in your garden. Red Hill also does beautifully in large mixed yard containers.

Lavandula angustifolia is a beautiful sky blue It is a gorgeous new lavender from seed that blooms reliably the first year without any sprouting! This variety forms a strongly branched plant with beautiful, light lavender-blue flowers, with a lovely lavender fragrance that attracts pollinators. USDA winter hardiness zones 5 through 9. 12-16 inches tall.

Leucanthemum x superbum Arctic Snow The first-year flowering chrysanthemum is ideal for production in quart and gallon pots. It’s also an early flowerer and produces masses of traditional white daisies all season long. Arctic snow grows to a height of 14-16 inches, and is hardy in USDA zones 5 through 8.

Romex Flexos Twister Copper Red It is an unusual dock/sorrel with narrow copper leaves, twisted wiry flower stems and a spreading habit creating a unique element to add color and texture to both landscapes and mixed containers, as well as lemony foliage to your salads! The hurricane is strong in USDA zones 6b to 10a.

Ruta chalipensis pari A less common species called Fringed Rue has a gorgeous leaf shape and foliage color to add a silvery blue touch to your gardens or patio containers. Ruta pari is winter hardy in USDA zones 5 through 9 and grows up to 16 inches high. The second year they will produce cup-shaped yellow flowers in the spring.

Stop location: Green Views Botanicals, 8220 Stockton Road, Somis, CA 93066

Dates: Wednesday, March 29 – Sunday, April 2 | 8 AM – 5 PM

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