How Plants Are Bred for Longer Blooms, Different Colors, Disease Resistance

Introduction: How Plants Are Bred for Longer Blooms, Different Colors, Disease Resistance

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I was invited to tour one of the growing facilities of Proven Winners, a leading plant company and was fascinated by the breeding process that branded plants go through. 

Every plant that is introduced by this company undergoes a STRENUOUS trial period where the plants are tested in the ground, in containers, in hanging baskets, you name it. 

A plant will undergo years of testing and once selected for development, cost thousands of dollars to market.
Proven Winners selects approximately ten plants every year from a pool of thousands of hopefuls!

Plant trials are "beauty contests meets Olympics," only the best make the cut.

There's a huge time and money investment made to improve specific traits on  plants such as alyssum, cleome, lantana, petunias and other lesser known but notable plants.

Some of the improved traits include, longer bloom times, improved disease resistance, lower water needs, less maintenance and of course, designer colors and patterns!

Once selected as a "Proven Winner" plant, the plants are given memorable names such as "Snow Princess," (alyssum), "Señorita Rosalita," (a thornless cleome) and "Supertunia Vista Bubblegum," among the select.

Curious what a company such as  Proven Winners  does to improve a common plant such as alyssum?

Watch the video to find out!
I hope you find it to be informative and entertaining.

Next time your at the garden center and see a plant with a brand name on it, you'll understand what makes it different from the other plants with "no name" distinction!

If you are interested in more details and photos, please visit my blog!

Shirley Bovshow
Garden World Report Show

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