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New Today,

                                            Sold Tomorrow!

        Image Caption: Kwik Kombos Blue Breeze Mix
        By Jeanne Svob, Seed Business Manager                  Pentas is a beautiful garden performer with loads of flowers adored
                                                               by humans and pollinators alike.  We have a few new introductions
        For me, the most exciting plant purchase is the impulse buy—the
        plant that screams, “You know you can’t live without me! Take me   this year. First, a new seed series called Lucky Star. A compact-
        home!” The plants I already know and love will make it into my cart   growing bedding type, Lucky Star’s best feature is that it’ll set its
        in a pack or a 4-inch pot. But for me to be drawn to a plant I don’t   next set of blooms right on top of the old flowers; covering the
        know, it has to be stunning. Grow it bigger, put it in an interesting   spent blooms and maintaining its compact habit. This is great for
        container or into a unique combo and I can’t resist it.  the grower and retailer as it extends shelf life on the bench. It’s also
                                                               terrific for the gardener and landscaper as it keeps the color impact
        With an eye turned toward impulse sales, here are some new   throughout the season. Lucky Star can be sold in color in 804s up
        varieties to consider for their head-turning potential. Today’s fresh   to quarts, one plant per pot…or put three plants in a 6-inch pot for
        new introductions could become your top sellers in 2018!  a tremendous show of color.
        Heat-loving superstars                                 If you’re looking for a bit more impact from pentas, here are two
        For most folks in most regions, summers are hot—and sometimes   vegetative series that deserve your consideration: Starcluster and
        dry. Home gardeners and landscapers need plants that will tolerate   Falling Star. Each offers unique attributes to turn heads and drive
        both. Pentas are extremely popular in the South because of their   those sought-after impulse sales.
        reliable summer performance. We’re seeing more and more pentas
        in the North, and we have some sensational new series from which   Starcluster is a tetraploid with huge, showy blooms and strong,
        to choose. If you can sell vinca in your market, you can sell pentas.   upright stems. Use Starcluster alone in 5- or 6-inch pots, or
                                                               in combination with other heat lovers like scaevola, angelonia

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