Grower Talk

Garry Grüber

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As I was browsing through a German plant magazine, I noticed a brief article stating that the German authorities had received applications for three cutting-grown petunia varieties from a company in Japan; there was also a photo of bright purple carpets of brilliant petunia flowers.

Until then, petunias had only been grown from seed – and certainly never had this show-stopping performance –

so I had a pretty good hunch that this could really be something revolutionary, especially if a Japanese company goes to the expense and bother of protecting these varieties in Europe. We reached out to the company via our established contacts in Japan and eventually received trial material. Needless to say, we were blown away by the sheer vigor, performance and flower power of these Surfinia® varieties! The rest is history…

Dipl.-Ing. Garry Grüber

Cultivaris GmbH (heute)
Product Development Manager –
Kientzler Jungpflanzen (1988 – 2007)