Balshopink

Pelargonium

Denomination: 'Balshopink'
Trade name: Showcase Pink
Botanical Name: Pelargonium ×hortorum
Applicant/Holder: Ball Horticultural Company
622 Town Road
West Chicago, Illinois
60185
United States of America
Breeder: Frank Silze, Silze GmbH & Co. KG, Weener, Germany
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Canada
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2003-05-06
Application Number: 03-3638
Grant of Rights Date: 2005-10-27
Certificate Number: 2230
Date rights surrendered: 2013-02-07

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'BFP-790 Pink Parfait' (Showcase Pink Parfait)

Summary: 'Balshopink' is a zonal pelargonium variety which produces plants with more branches than'BFP-790 Pink Parfait'. The peduncle of 'Balshopink' is longer than the peduncle of the reference variety. The petals of 'Balshopink' have no petal markings, whereas both upper and lower petals of 'BFP-790 Pink Parfait' have a conspicuous, red-purple spot.

Description:

'Balshopink' is a zonal pelargonium variety which produces plants that are medium in height with an upright growth habit and many branches. The stems are red with dense pubescence. The leaves are type 3 in shape and are medium in length and width. The leaf base is open and the margins are crenate. 'Balshopink' has medium to strongly lobed leaves with medium depth sinuses and medium waviness of the margins. The upper side of the leaf blade is medium green, densely pubescent, with no zone. The petiole is short to medium in length and is densely pubescent.

'Balshopink' produces pink inflorescences that are medium in size. The peduncle is medium in length with dense pubescence and very strong anthocyanin colouration. The buds are elliptic in shape. The florets of 'Balshopink' are semi-double and have entire petal margins. The upper petal is medium in width with no markings. There is a large white zone at the base of the upper petal. The lower petal of 'Balshopink' has no markings. The pedicel has dense pubescence and is medium red in the middle third of its length. The sepals of 'Balshopink' are red.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Balshopink' originated from a hybridization made in the summer of 1997, as part of a controlled breeding program in Weener, Germany. The female parent was the Pelargonium variety 'Sel Lady', characterized by its very compact habit, semi-double pink flowers with small red spots and dark green foliage. The male parent was the Pelargonium variety 'Sel Kitty', characterized by its very compact habit, semi-double, light lavender flowers with small light purple spots and dark green foliage. The initial selection was made in the summer of 1998.

Tests & Trials: Tests and trials for 'Balshopink' were conducted in a polyhouse during the spring/summer of 2004 in St. Thomas, Ontario. The trials consisted of 15 plants of each of the candidate and reference variety. Rooted cuttings were planted into 11cm pots on May 14, 2004 (Week 20). Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on July 6, 2004. All colour measurements were made using the RHS Colour Chart 2001.


Comparison tables for 'Balshopink' with reference variety 'BFP-790 Pink Parfait'

Plant height (cm)

  'Balshopink' 'BFP-790 Pink Parfait'
mean 27.1 21.2
std. deviation 2.18 2.97

Number of branches per plant

  'Balshopink' 'BFP-790 Pink Parfait'
mean 8.9 3.5
std. deviation 2.85 1.08

Length of peduncle (cm)

  'Balshopink' 'BFP-790 Pink Parfait'
mean 15.1 10.7
std. deviation 2.62 2.44

Colour of upper petal (RHS)

  'Balshopink' 'BFP-790 Pink Parfait'
margin of upper side 73A 73A, N74D
middle of upper side 73A-D N66A (spot) with 73A and N74D
lower side 73B-D (fades toward base) N66D, 75B and N57A

Colour of lower petal (RHS)

  'Balshopink' 'BFP-790 Pink Parfait'
margin of upper side 73A 73A, N74D
middle of upper side 73A (fades toward base) N66A (spot) with 73A and N74D
lower side 73A-C (fades toward base) N66D, 75B and N57A

Colour of upper side of inner petal (RHS)

  'Balshopink' 'BFP-790 Pink Parfait'
middle 68A 73A
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