This is time of the year in (late
winter to early spring) that you see impatiens being planted by many of the commercial developments and home
owners in South Florida. Sure, we appreciate their
bright pastel blooms as cheery signs of the coming
spring (brief as it is down here in the sub-tropics
before the torrid summer!), but year after year
impatiens become rather boring, I think.
Check this out, this month Costa
FarmsŪ will be making the
SenettiŪ Pericallis series
available to gardeners at Lowe'sŪ throughout Florida.
According to Costa FarmsŪ marketing information,
SenettiŪ loves cool, wet weather, which makes it a
perfect choice for early spring and planting in the
garden or large patio containers. Gardeners can have
confidence planting these heavy bloomers early, as SenettiŪ will endure light frosts and night temperatures
down to 32° F. The cool, damp weather of spring only
helps initiation, ensuring a continuous blooming later
into the season.
I received a dozen samples of SenettiŪ
Pericallis from Costa FarmsŪ to try-out in the
FloridaGardener.com test garden. From the literature
that came with the plants their care and maintenance
seems to be the same as for impatiens and like them,
grown as annuals:
partial sun (although the hang tag says Full Sun)
regularly. Do not allow to dry out. (They are thirsty
fertilizer for blooming plants. Follow directions on
Thrips, Aphids, Fungus gnats and Shore Flies, Leaf
miner, and Mites
and Powdery Mildew are the main diseases but these can
be avoided by keeping the humidity as low as possible.
SenettiŪ Pericallis from Costa FarmsŪ
available at LowesŪ are available in five vibrant bloom
colors: Blue, Blue Bicolor, Magenta, Magenta Bicolor and
Violet Bicolor. In addition to their stunning colors
SenettiŪ Pericallis have a wonderful fragrance, to my
nose, reminiscent of grape hyacinth (Muscari).
Flower size ranges from 2.5 to 3 inches.
SenettiŪ Pericallis foliage consists
of small to medium-sized oval leaves in shades from
medium to dark green and the plants have a mounding type
Keep in mind there is no
guarantee that the cultural information will always
work, climatic conditions will have an effect in any
environment. Again, this information and the related
advices of this web site are solely based on past
experience and expertise and no other, and in no case
shall be constructed to provide a guarantee that certain
particular purpose or results will be achieved.