Denomination: 'Balcabhopi'
Trade name: Cabaret Hot Pink
Botanical Name: Calibrachoa
Applicant/Holder: Ball Horticultural Company
622 Town Road
West Chicago, Illinois
United States of America
Breeder: Ball Horticultural Company, West Chicago, United States of America
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2006-03-09
Application Number: 06-5284
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-09-29
Certificate Number: 3355
Date rights surrendered: 2012-09-27

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Sunbelchipi' (Million Bells Cherry Pink)

Summary: The plants of 'Balcabhopi' are medium to broad while the plants of 'Sunbelchipi' are broad to very broad. 'Balcabhopi' has longer shoots than 'Sunbelchipi'. 'Balcabhopi' has shorter pedicels than 'Sunbelchipi'. The upper and lower sides of the corolla of 'Balcabhopi' are blue pink while they are purple red on 'Sunbelchipi'.


PLANT: horizontal to mounding growth habit, medium to tall, medium to broad
SHOOT: medium thickness, short to medium length, medium anthocyanin colouration

LEAF BLADE: long, narrow, elliptic, narrow acute to broad acute apex, no variegation, medium green on upper side
PETIOLE: medium length

SEPAL: medium length, narrow, rhombic, anthocyanin present only at base
FLOWER: single type, funnel form, very short to short pedicel
COROLLA: medium diameter, weak to moderate degree of lobing, one colour on upper side
COROLLA LOBE: blue pink with red mid-vein on upper side, weak to medium conspicuousness of mid-vein on upper side, blue pink on lower side, weak undulation of margin
COROLLA TUBE: medium to long, yellow with medium conspicuousness of veins on inner side
ANTHER: light yellow before pollen dehiscence, yellow after pollen dehiscence

Origin & Breeding History: 'Balcabhopi' originated from a cross conducted during June 2003 in Elburn, Illinois, USA, as part of a controlled breeding program. The cross was between the female parent designated as '2091-1B' and the male parent designated as '1022-1-2B'. The initial selection of 'Balcabhopi' was made on June 3, 2005 based on its branching habit, flower colour and mounding to trailing growth habit. The variety has been maintained since that time through the use of vegetative cuttings.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Balcabhopi' were conducted during the summer of 2007, in a polyhouse, in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included 20 plants each of the candidate and reference varieties. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings and transplanted into 30 cm hanging baskets on May 1, 2007. Each basket contained 4 cuttings with a total of 5 baskets per variety. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety (except for plant height where 5 plants were measured) on July 3, 2007. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Balcabhopi' with reference variety 'Sunbelchipi'

Shoot length (cm)

  'Balcabhopi' 'Sunbelchipi'
mean 22.9 28.4
std. deviation 1.22 3.05

Pedicel length (cm)

  'Balcabhopi' 'Sunbelchipi'
mean 0.8 1.6
std. deviation 0.17 0.32

Colour of corolla lobe (RHS)

  'Balcabhopi' 'Sunbelchipi'
upper side closest to 68A with 67C mid-vein closest to N66B with 67C margins
lower side 65A N57D-C

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Calibrachoa: 'Balcabhopi' (left) with reference variety 'Sunbelchipi' (right)

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Calibrachoa: 'Balcabhopi' (left) with reference variety 'Sunbelchipi' (right)

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