In Focus / FSH News

We at FSH Flecke-Saaten-Handel GmbH are always on the look-out for new varieties and selections for your packet, mail-order, or landscape market. During our personal field inspections we can isolate and select new forms of old favorites; such as our extra dwarf Cosmos Bajazzo. The stunning Helianthus F1 Aureola and the semi-dwarf Helianthus Santa Lucia are also good choices for the home gardener. Consider adding one of these new varieties to your line.

Also check below for news of up-coming meetings or topics relating to flower seeds

2019 is the Year of the Nasturtium

With preparations for 2019 season around the Fleuroselect selected the “flower of the year.” In 2019, the Nasturtium takes its turn in the spotlight! They are popular with most gardeners as they are easy to grow from seed; come in different colors and adapt well to most growing conditions. Trailing varieties are suitable for hanging baskets, window boxes, and containers.  So why not celebrate the “Year of the Nasturtium” by planting some in your garden this year.

New in our assortment are among others Tropaeolum Milkmaid and Mahogany Gleam.

2020 is the Year of the Rudbeckia

A New Year, a new „Flower Of The Year“. In 2020 all eyes are on the Black Eyed Susan. As usual, one of the main criteria for the “Year of..” campaign is the easy cultivation. This is most true for the Rudbeckia. Undemanding regarding soil and water, loving full sun, makes it suitable for all kinds of planting. The bright yellow and yellow red colors, and if you consider its cousin the Echinacea, purple and white as well, are an enrichment for every garden. Introduced 25 and 17 years ago, but still great, our awarded large flowered varieties “Indian Summer” and “Irish Spring

Here at FSH things are buzzing!

After a year’s trial our bees have decided to keep working with us. We’ve enjoyed the first warm, sunny days and trees, shrubs and early perennials are already in flower. The bees are keeping very busy at FSH. After a recent inspection of the hive we could see that they have expanded and it was getting a bit tight in there.

The old queen thought so as well obviously, so she decided to leave and some working bees followed her. What a natural spectacle a swarming bee colony is!

With the help of our Beekeeper we were able to host them a new home, right next to the old hive.

We’re very happy about the additional new workers and look forward to a growing season full of buzzing.

Speaking of bees; we’d like to remind you about our Be(e) Happy mix. Last season it proved to be very popular with customers and bees alike!

Of course many of our other mixtures are also great for attracting bees and other pollinators. Plant and promote meadow mixtures so that our gardens and fields keep buzzing.

Retirement

After exactly 33 years at FSH and many more in the seed industry, our CEO, Mrs. Kristine Flecke, retired on April 1, 2019.

Tina joined FSH just four years after the foundation of the company and established contacts to American and other English speaking customers, which still exist today. Her contribution to the success of FSH, along with her husband, Helmuth Flecke, cannot be put in words. It is undeniable that she has left her mark on the seed industry. Not only was she the first woman to be elected  to the Board of Directors of Fleuroselect (The International Organization for the Ornamental Plants Industry) later serving as treasurer of that organization, but she was also mentioned in many publications like Seed Industry Magazine. Her botanical expertise along with her characteristically warm and friendly nature were highly valued by all those with whom she worked. As she will remain a major shareholder, Tina will still be connected to FSH and of course giving advice if needed.

Effective April 1st Mrs. Nina-Victoria Gronwald is the sole President of FSH.

Given the years of experience our family and team has, organizationally and operationally, not much has changed. We hope that you will continue to put your trust in FSH and wish Tina all the best for a happy and productive retirement after much hard work!

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Cosmos bipinnatus Dwarf Bajazzo Mix

Cosmos bipinnatus Dwarf Bajazzo Mix is a dwarf Cosmos with a compact, branching habit only 30-40 cm tall.

Bajazzo has an excellent color range with pink shades, white and bright magenta. Early flowering and extra dwarf plants make Bajazzo an excellent choice for borders or container plantings.

59th ASTA Vegetable & Flower Seed Conference

For more information on the Zinnia, the Fleuroselect “Year of”-Campaign or our FSH varieties, please feel free to contact us and set up a meeting for the upcoming

59th A.S.T.A. VEGETABLE & FLOWER SEED CONFERENCE, Feb. 01 – 04, 2020 at the Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, CA, USA.

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Helianthus annuus Santa Lucia

Helianthus annuus Santa Lucia is an open-pollinated, semi-dwarf Sunflower. Plants reach a height of 60-70 cm, which is perfect for people who love sunflowers but don’t want their gardens to be overwhelmed by huge, towering plants. The plant habit is branching with abundant bright yellow, semi-double flower heads with a dark yellow eye. Flowers are approximately 10 cm in diameter. The plants are very uniform in habit, flower size and bloom time. Santa Lucia is excellent for cutting.

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Helianthus F1  Aureola pollen free

F1 hybrid Sunflower Auerola is an exceptional plant for cut flower enthusiasts and traditional gardeners alike.  The plants are single stalked with sturdy stems approximately 150 cm tall; a manageable size for smaller gardens as well as for tall borders.

The single flowers heads are 12-18 cm in diameter with a dark pollen-free center and a ring of deep golden yellow “petals”.  The short cultivation time of about 65 days from sowing to flowering is another great factor adding to Aureola’s popularity.