Fisnics White


Denomination: 'Fisnics White'
Trade name: Sonic New White
Botanical Name: Impatiens hawkeri
Applicant/Holder: Syngenta Crop Protection AG
Schwarzwaldallee 215
Breeder: Birgit Christa Hofmann, Bendorf, Germany
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2002-05-02
Application Number: 02-3072
Grant of Rights Date: 2003-09-24
Certificate Number: 1580
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2021-09-24

Variety Description

Varieties used for comparison: 'Sugar' and 'Moorea'

Summary: 'Fisnics White' produces taller plants than 'Moorea' and shorter leaves than 'Sugar'. Intensity of green colouration of the upper side of the leaves is weak to moderate for 'Fisnics White' while it is weak for 'Sugar'. Flower colour for 'Fisnics White ' is white with no secondary colour while for 'Moorea', it is white with very light pink towards the base of all petals and light blue pink secondary colour mainly on the upper petal. The flowers of 'Fisnics White' have an eye zone which is very light pink in colour while the reference varieties have no eye zone. Anthocyanin colouration of the flower spur is absent for 'Fisnics White' while it is of weak intensity, mostly at the tip of the flower spurs, for 'Moorea'.


'Fisnics White' is a New Guinea impatiens variety. Anthocyanin colouration of the upper third of the shoots and upper side of the leaf blades is absent. Intensity of green colouration of the upper side of the leaves is weak to moderate and there is no marking. The lower side of the leaf blades between the veins is green in colour. Anthocyanin colouration of the midrib and veins on the lower surface of the leaf blade and the upper side of the petiole is absent.

'Fisnics White' has single flowers which are white in colour with no secondary colouration. The very small sized eye zone is very light pink in colour. Depth of the incisions on the lower petals is medium deep to deep. Anthocyanin colouration of the pedicel and flower spur is absent. Degree of curvature of the flower spur is weak to moderate.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Fisnics White' originated from a hybridization between the female parent, hybrid seedling '98-4069-21', and the male parent, variety 'Sugar', made in Hillscheid, Germany in 1999. The resultant seed was sown in Olhao, Portugal and selections were made in the winter of 1999 to 2000 based on flower and foliage colour. Vegetative cuttings from the selected seedling were further trial cultivated in Hillscheid, Germany. The final selection of 'Fisnics White' was based on growth characteristics and plant habit.

Tests & Trials: Tests and trials for 'Fisnics White' were conducted in a greenhouse during the spring/summer of 2002 in Langley, British Columbia. The trials included 15 plants per variety. All plants were grown from unrooted cuttings. Once rooted, the cuttings were transplanted into 9 cm pots and 10 weeks later, repotted into 15 cm pots. The pots were spaced 30 cm apart, from pot center. The plants were grown in a peat-perlite mix (60:40), and fertilized with a balanced fertilizer once per week. Plants were shaded when light levels were above 5000 foot candles. All colour characteristics were determined using the 2001 Royal Horticulture Society (RHS) Colour Chart and measured characteristics were based on measurements taken from 10 plants of each variety.

Comparison tables for 'Fisnics White' with reference varieties 'Sugar' and 'Moorea'

Plant height (cm)

  'Fisnics White' 'Sugar' 'Moorea'
mean 18.0 18.6 14.8
std. deviation 1.491 0.699 0.789

Leaf blade length (cm)

  'Fisnics White' 'Sugar' 'Moorea'
mean 8.34 9.68 8.70
std. deviation 0.738 0.727 0.823

Colour of flower (RHS)

  'Fisnics White' 'Sugar' 'Moorea'
upper side - primary white white white with N155B toward base of petals
upper side - secondary N/A N/A 69A with tones of N66B
lower side white white white

Colour of eye zone(RHS)

  'Fisnics White' 'Sugar' 'Moorea'
RHS code blush of N155B N/A N/A
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