Landscape & Nursery Plants
New plant material is regularly created through traditional breeding programs and discoveries during exploration expeditions. Demand for new ornamental plant material is high among the horticultural industry and consumers. Some nurseries are investing in the discovery and development of new plant releases and are using this technique to gain market share. Unfortunately, some new plant releases are not widely tested and most have not been independently tested in unbiased trials. In particular, plant evaluations do not often assess the adaptability of these plants to different growing conditions. Nurseries, landscapers, and gardeners need impartial information about new plant materials in order to choose plants that are economically and environmentally sustainable. Otherwise, the U.S. ornamental plant industry could lose its competitiveness and customers may not be satisfied.
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