Costa Farms Offers Look at 2022 Plant Varieties
Miami, Florida – Costa Farms is opening its Trial Garden to brokers, growers, and other members of the industry for an opportunity to preview 2022 genetics March 4 to 5, ahead of California Summer Trials (CAST), which are scheduled for June 2021.
“We know California Summer Trials occurring later this year creates a challenge for many in the industry,” says John Sieg, Costa Farms Vice President of R&D and Strategic Sourcing. “We want to help keep early exposure to new genetics on track with our Miami, Florida, Season Premiere Gardens.”
The Costa Farms Trial Garden offers a series of beautifully designed landscape beds, row beds to compare plant performance, hanging basket trials, as well as mixed-container garden trials. All plants will be transplanted in the garden December 2020 and will be evaluated over spring and summer 2021 to determine the best performers.
Costa Farms will open its Trial Garden to members of the industry by appointment (to ensure proper social distancing measures can be maintained). Registrations are limited to the first 250 people.
In addition to seeing new genetics both in-ground and potted as it would appear in garden centers, Costa Farms has arranged representatives from sponsoring breeding companies, including Ball, Danziger, Dummen Orange, and Proven Winners, and Syngenta Flowers, will be present to provide technical information about their new releases.
“This is an opportunity for brokers to see the majority of new plant releases in one place this March. And because networking and social events are an important aspect of CAST, we’re also hosting a networking event on Thursday, March 4,” said Sieg.
About Costa Farms
Costa Farms is the largest grower of indoor ornamental plants in the world. The company stretches over 5,200 acres and employs 5,000 people. Along with thriving indoor and bedding plant divisions, Costa Farms operates retail merchandising and young-plant production divisions as part of its infrastructure, with operations domestically in Florida and North and South Carolina, and abroad in the Dominican Republic and Far East.