Hibiscus Working group
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One of the most characteristic changes in Hibiscus horticulture of the past years is the introduction of the Sunny Cities series by the Hibiscus Werkgroep (Hibiscus Group).
The Hibiscus group - as a matter of fact a breeding company - was established in 1992 by eight Hibiscus growers as a continuation of a breeding project which had been ended by the former CPRO in Wageningen and PBG in Aalsmeer.
The eight growers bought the parent lines from that project and assigned Agriom, a breeding company in De Kwakel for the technical continuation of the improvement of the hibiscus.
New Hibiscus varieties
Based on conditions formulated by the working group (see features Sunny Cities) a new range of Hibiscus varieties were developed in the years after. Nowadays, 30 of the ‘Sunny Cities’ varieties can be found in the Dutch flower auction statistics. All Sunny Cities varieties have excellent branching habits, make many buds at each branch, flower rich, have a good continuation of flowering and are not perishable.
years all energy was put into extending the number of colours in varieties that
are suitable for smaller pot sizes. More recently
the Werkgroep focuses on the development of varieties for regular as well as for
smaller and larger pot sizes. Also double
flowers and continued flowering are important objectives in the breeding
No sales association
Despite the close co-operation in breeding the working group is explicitly not attending the sales of their members. Only in spring there might be an arrangement in filling in major orders but they do not form a group towards trade.
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