Denomination: 'Balfaforch'
Trade name: Fanfare Orchid
Botanical Name: Impatiens hawkeri
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: 06-5318
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-09-29
Certificate Number: 3360
Date rights surrendered: 2012-09-27

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Balfafusimp' (Fanfare Fuschia Improved)

Summary: 'Balfaforch' has a larger plant than 'Balfafusimp'. The leaf of 'Balfaforch' is slightly shorter, wider and lighter green than 'Balfafusimp' . 'Balfaforch' has a slightly wider flower diameter than 'Balfafusimp'. The upper side of the flower petal of 'Balfaforch' is a lighter purple colour than 'Balfafusimp'. 'Balfaforch' has an eye zone while 'Balfafusimp' does not. The flower spur of 'Balfaforch' has a weaker anthocyanin colouration than 'Balfafusimp'.


PLANT: medium to strong anthocyanin colouration of the shoot

LEAF: no variegation, medium green, very weak anthocyanin colouration on upper side at base near petiole, green colour between the veins on the lower side, no anthocyanin colouration on midrib and veins, weak anthocyanin colouration on upper side of petiole

FLOWER: single, purple (N74B) colour on upper side with underlay of violet (RHS 75A), lighter and more purple than violet (RHS N78D) colour on lower side streaked with purple (N74B), very small red eye zone present, medium depth of incision of lower petal, weak anthocyanin colouration of pedicel and spur, weak to medium curvature of spur

Origin & Breeding History: 'Balfaforch' originated from a cross conducted in December 2000 at Cartago, Costa Rica as part of a controlled breeding program. The female parent is the proprietary breeding selection designated NG5 while the male parent is the proprietary breeding selection 2GNG. The initial selection was made in July 2002 based on flower colour, flower shape and growth habit.

Tests & Trials: Tests and trials were conducted in a poly house during the summer of 2007 in St. Thomas, Ontario. Trials included 15 plants of each variety individually grown in 15 centimeter pots. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety. All colour measurements were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Balfaforch' with reference variety 'Balfafusimp'

Plant height (cm)

  'Balfaforch' 'Balfafusimp'
mean 35.4 22.7
std. deviation 2.17 2.06

Plant width (cm)

  'Balfaforch' 'Balfafusimp'
mean 62.2 46.0
std. deviation 4.73 4.27

Leaf length (including petiole)(cm)

  'Balfaforch' 'Balfafusimp'
mean 10.2 11.4
std. deviation 1.13 1.19

Leaf width (cm)

  'Balfaforch' 'Balfafusimp'
mean 3.8 2.9
std. deviation 0.21 0.35

Flower colour (RHS)

  'Balfaforch' 'Balfafusimp'
upper side N74B with underlay of 75A darker than N74A
lower side lighter and more purple than N78D lighter than N74B

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Impatiens: 'Balfaforch' (left) with reference variety 'Balfafusimp' (right)

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