MYP 2020 Trial Garden Report

2020 Trial Garden Trial Results & Data

Table Of Contents

1. 2020 MYP Trial Garden Results 2. Top Garden Performers 3. Top Consumer Favorites 4. Best of the Best 5. Other Standout Varieties 6. 2020 Annual Comparison Trial - Combos 7. Top 2020 Combinations 8. Combination Planters: “Think Outside the Box”

9. Garden Trials Advantage 10. AAS Trial Area Standouts

Mast Young Plants’ Trial Garden is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The 2020 Summer Trials featured more than 1500 varieties, 500+ uniquely handcrafted hanging baskets and planters, 250+ NEW items area, the All-American Selection Trial Grounds, and our 2020 Feature Trial: Combinations!

Mast Young Plants Trial Garden 3525 Bristol Avenue NW Grand Rapids, Michigan 49544

2020 MYP TRIAL GARDEN RESULTS

Top Performers New to 2021 Program

1. Petunia Hippy Chick TM by Danziger 2. Petunia Splash Dance TM Magenta Mambo by Danziger 3. Rudbeckia Rising Sun® Chestnut Gold by GreenFuse Botanicals 4. Petunia Blanket® Blue Star by GreenFuse Botanicals 5. Petunia DuraBloom® Electric Lilac by Dummen Orange 6. Petunia Surprise Sparkle Red by Dummen Orange 7. New Guinea Impatiens Harmony® Colorfall Neon Red by Danziger 8. Petunia Itsy TM Magenta by Syngenta Flowers 9. Petunia Bee’s Knees by Ball FloraPlant 10. Phlox Gisele® Red by Selecta Top Consumer Favorites 1. Petunia Bee’s Knees by Ball FloraPlant 2. Petunia Splash Dance TM Magenta Mambo by Danziger 3. Rudbeckia Rising Sun® Chestnut Gold by GreenFuse Botanicals 4. Petunia Itsy TM Magenta by Syngenta Flowers 5. Begonia Big® White Green Leaf by Benary Best of the Best • Best Drought-Tolerant Annual: Phlox Gisele® Red by Selecta One • Best Drought-Tolerant Perennial: Gaillardia Barbican TM Yellow with Red Wing by Syngenta Flowers • Best Pollinator-Friendly Annual: Salvia Sallyfun TM XL Blue by Danziger • Best Heat-Tolerant Annual: Petunia Itsy TM Magenta by Syngenta Flowers • Best Heat-Tolerant Perennial: Ajuga Feathered Friends TM Tropical Toucan by Garden Solutions • Best Overall Performance Annual: Petunia Bee’s Knees by Ball FloraPlant • Best Overall Performance Perennial: Rudbeckia American Gold Rush by Intrinsic Perennial Gardens

2020 Top Garden Performers

Petunia Hippy Chick™ by Danziger

Petunia Splash Dance™ Magenta Mambo by Danziger

Rudbeckia Rising Sun® Chestnut Gold by GreenFuse Botanicals

Petunia Blanket® Blue Star by GreenFuse Botanicals

Petunia DuraBloom® Electric Lilac by Dummen Orange

Petunia Surprise Sparkle Red by Dummen Orange

New Guinea Impatiens Harmony® Colorfall Neon Red by Danziger

Petunia Itsy™ Magenta by Syngenta Flowers

Petunia Bee’s Knees by Ball FloraPlant

Phlox Gisele® Red by Selecta One

2020 TOP Consumer Favorites

The people have spoken! Visitors vote for their favorite new varieties and we tally their votes all summer long. Introducing our visitors’ Top 5 new varieties!

Petunia Bee’s Knees by Ball FloraPlant

Petunia Splash Dance™ Magenta Mambo by Danziger

Rudbeckia Rising Sun® Chestnut Gold by GreenFuse Botanicals

Petunia Itsy™ Magenta by Syngenta Flowers

Begonia Big® White Green Leaf by Benary

2020 Best of the Best

Best Drought-Tolerant Perennial: Gaillardia Barbican™ Yellow with Red Wing by Syngenta Flowers

Best Drought-Tolerant Annual: Phlox Gisele® Red by Selecta One

Best Pollinator-Friendly Annual: Salvia Sallyfun™ XL Blue by Danziger

Best Heat-Tolerant Annual: Petunia Itsy™ Magenta by Syngenta Flowers

Best Heat-Tolerant Perennial: Ajuga Feathered Friends™ Tropical Toucan by Garden Solutions

Best Overall Performance Perennial: Rudbeckia American Gold Rush by Intrinsic Perennial Gardens

Best Overall Performance Annual: Petunia Bee’s Knees by Ball FloraPlant

Other Standout Varieties

Popcorn Cassia by Collection

Petunia Shortcake™ Blueberry by Syngenta Flowers

Begonia Fragrant Falls® Peach by Beekenkamp

Petunia Surprise Sparkle Blue by Dummen Orange

Zonal Geranium Americana® Scarlet Fire by Syngenta Flowers

2020 Annual Comparison Trial

Our innovating department’s annual comparison trial evaluated all breeder combos not included in our 2021 catalog that we might consider for our 2022 program. Top Combos 1. Surdiva® Disco Diva by Suntory Flowers 2. Beedance® Bee Daring by Suntory Flowers 3. Kwik Kombo™ Spring Sunset by Syngenta Flowers 4. Sunpatiens® Summer Salsa by Sakata 5. Kwik Kombo™ Summer Fun by Syngenta Flowers

Surdiva® Disco Diva by Suntory Flowers

Beedance® Bee Daring by Suntory Flowers

Kwik Kombo™ Spring Sunset by Syngenta Flowers

Sunpatiens® Summer Salsa by Sakata

Kwik Kombo™ Summer Fun by Syngenta Flowers

TOP 2020 Combinations

Deco-Pot #116 Cordyline Red Sensation Petunia Potunia® Blueberry Muffin

Lantana Trailing Lavender Jamesbrittenia Goldstar™ Calibrachoa Cabrio™ Amethyst Ajuga Feathered Friends™ Cordial Canary

Deco-Pot #263 Petchoa SuperCal® Premium Caramel Yellow Petchoa SuperCal® Premium Cinnamon Coleus Inferno

Window Box #24 Senecio Angel Wings® Osteospermum Daisy Falls™ White Amethyst Phlox Phloxstar™ Red Verbena Lanai® Upright Purple Velvet

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September

Hanging Basket #49 Petunia Double Pinkerbelle Verbena Vanessa™ Dark Pink Petunia DuraBloom® Purple

July

September

Hanging Basket #57 Petunia Cascadius™ Hint of Lime Petunia Headliner™ Premium Electric Purple Sky Verbena Vanessa™ Bicolor Indigo

Hanging Basket #222 MixMaster™ Feelin’ Lucky Lantana Lucky™ Flame Lantana Lucky™ Lemon Glow Lantana Lucky™ Pot of Gold

Large Hanging Basket #206 Geranium Calliope® Medium White Petunia Itsy™ Magenta Petunia Potunia Plus Pinkalicious Verbena Lascar™ White

Combination planters: “Think outside the box”

At Mast Young Plants we have a trial garden where each year we trial both the breeder combinations available on the market as well as make close to 200 mixes that are custom designed. These custom designed ones don’t always work or turn out. We make these mixes with the goal of trying to find the diamonds in the rough. Trial and Visit Trials So a first rule of thumb for thinking outside the box is trial different items or if you don’t trial them yourself, get to field trials where combinations like this are grown out so you can copy or mimic what has worked. In our 2020 trial garden we not only grew out the usually 400 combinations like we always do, but we also grew out an additional 300 breeder combinations that we don’t currently offer in our young plant program. The reasoning for this was to again look for things that catch our eye or look at combos that were maybe not on our radar due to being from a minor breeder. Over the years of opening our garden to the public, we have received frequent positive comments about the combinations. People really do appreciate seeing what other options are out there. A rewarding thing for us is when customers return from year to year and tell us that one of our combos was a top seller for them! Mix it Up The second part of thinking outside the box is breaking the habit of using the same types of plants in each mix. Often growers will be afraid to mix certain items due to a difference in vigor. You will hear them say, “if I plant those two together, plant A will completely take over and choke out the others.” While this is true if left to their natural habits, a grower who thinks outside the box can overcome this by using PGR liner dips when planting combinations. At our greenhouse, we have a document we have created called “Liner dips for combination plants – keys to success”. This document outlines a process and a rate which safely and accurately controls those vigorous varieties in mixes. For instance, ipomoea

is loved by many, but in a combination the standard variety like Marguerite will take over a basket within 4-6 weeks after planting. In our greenhouses, we will dip the liner trays before planting the combination in a 2-3 ppm Bonzi solution. We then allow the trays to drip dry before planting. Now when we plant that ipomoea in the same pot as a calibrachoa, the PGR will keep it in check and allow the calibrachoa to establish within the combination. Plan the Work, Work the Plan The last point is to have a good plan before planting. Take time this summer to get out and see trial gardens. Take photos of combinations you like. At MYP, we take a quality photo of each of the 400 combinations we are growing and offer that growers can download these pictures as well as a spreadsheet with what is in each mix. Use that photograph to help you make a plant o gram of the mix. Just as it is important what you put in the mix, it is also important that you use the correct number of plugs and space them properly. At MYP, we create a plant o gram for each mixed pot that we grow. This diagram helps production plant them correctly and gives us a place to put any notes or comments.

-Michael DeBerti, Head Grower Featured in Greenhouse Grower

Garden Trials Advantage MYP conducts year-long greenhouse trials that culminate with our summer garden trials. Observing and evaluating plants and series throughout their entire life cycles allow us to fully understand the ideal growing conditions and unique characteristics of each one. Life-cycle trials also enable us to confidently provide information to growers, so they’re able to select plants that truly meet their needs based on garden-condition trials and not just from a glossy picture in a catalog. Unique patterns and colorations have recently spurred increased sales for one of the oldest and most loved variety of flowers on the market: petunias. In this year’s trial gardens, one area we were particularly interested in learning about was the performance of breeders’ petunia series. Consumers love unique-colored petunias, but these plants don’t always exhibit ideal performance or habit. In our trial gardens this summer, we studied novel petunias within series known for excellent performance to determine whether any performance variations existed between varieties within four popular series available in our catalog: Headliner™, Cascadias™, Sanguna® Patio, and AMORE™. We have been watching all of these petunias since they were stuck in the greenhouse and throughout (and beyond!) the summer. Our trials confirmed that these series provide excellent options for growers looking for novel petunias AND a reliable habit and summer performance. As you’re beginning to make selections for 2021, look at the series performance and select the colors, patterns, and styles from the series that best suit your growing needs. Headliner™ Series Known as a medium-vigor series, the Headliner™ Series from Selecta One North America features large flowers, a mounded habit, early flowering, and a fast finish. In our 2021 catalog you’ll find pictured varieties Raspberry Star, Blueberry Swirl, and Dark Saturn, as well as other Headliner™ varieties. You can confidently select any of their colors and patterns, knowing that Headliner flower timing and habit are excellent selections for eye-catching pots and baskets.

Cascadias™ Series The Cascadias™ Series from Danziger Annuals & Perennials offers growers trailing petunias that will cascade over the sides of baskets, making them ideal team players in combinations. Danziger varieties are known for heat tolerance, and we can confirm from our trial gardens that the Cascadias™ Series varieties held up to record Michigan heat and sun. You’re also sure to love the variety of vibrant colors available in this series — Purple Gem, Bicolor Cabernet, Indian Summer, Rim Magenta, and Autumn Mystery.

Sanguna® Patio Petunia Sanguna® Patio series from Syngenta features a compact, controlled, and upright habit perfect for high density production in smaller containers. These are known as an “awesome early” variety, and it’s true! You can count on this series to provide your first, full, and in-flower varieties. Radiant Rose and Dark Blue offer truly unique flower colorations on compact plants that thrive all summer!

AMORE™ Series What’s not to love about the star-flowered AMORE™ Series from

Danziger Annuals & Perennials. This series features unique heart-shaped flower patterns, early flowering, and a mounded habit. You’ll love the full color range and dependable grower- friendly habit this petunia series offers: Amore Queen of Hearts, Amore Purple, Amore Pink Heart, Amore Fluttering Heart, and Amore Fiesta.

Extensive trials of these petunia series confirm this: these series offer reliable habits, taking the guesswork out for growers. Growers, you can select patterns and colors to meet your needs: • If you are looking for unique colors and patterns in a trailing petunia, choose Cascadia. • If you are looking for upright and mounded habits choose Amore and Sanguna Patio. • Headliner is a crossover that can work in either application. Comparing Yellow Petunias In addition to the breeders’ series, this year the biggest talk in petunias was color saturation with the launch of Bee’s Knees from Ball FloraPlant. Just like we evaluated breeders’ series and uniformity in this year’s garden, we were also able to evaluate all the different yellow petunias currently on the market.

Left to Right: Sanguna® Yellow from Syngenta Flowers ColorBlitz™ Yellow from Ball FloraPlant Headliner™ Yellow from Selecta One SCOOP® Lemon Ice from Danziger Dekko™ Banana from Syngenta Flowers Bee’s Knees from Ball FloraPlant The Mast Young Plants’ trial garden advantage helps you select and grow with confidence.

AAS Trial area Standouts

Our annual AAS Trial proved again that these are outstanding performers, with visitors consistently rating these as favorites from July through September.

Rudbeckia American Gold Rush by Intrinsic Perennial Gardens

Echinacea Sombrero® Baja Burgundy by Darwin Plants

See you in 2021!

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