Fay, Ice Boy, Florencia, and Finya, four new pot hydrangeas from HBA (Hydrangea Breeders Association) score well on shelf life. It’s the conclusion after a six-week shelf life test in the testing room of Agriom in De Kwakel.
Generally speaking, the double-flowered varieties of HBA have a very good shelf life anyway, according to Jan ten Brinke of HBA. The results that the new double-flowered Florencia and Finya show in the shelf life test support his claim. Florencia is a mophead hydrangea with white, double flowers. Finya, a lace-cap hydrangea, is a beauty to the eye because of the double, star-shaped flowers
Fay and Ice Boy also score remarkably well in the test. Fay is a strong hydrangea with flowers that change from pink tot light green. Ice Boy stands out for its pure white flowers.
In addition to the new varieties, some well-known HBA varieties were included in the shelf life test, such as Jip, Caipirinha, and Hot Red. A short video in which Jan ten Brinke discusses the results of the trial can be seen here below.
HBA started the shelf life trial at week 8 (end of February 2021) over a six-week period. The test room at Agriom in De Kwakel complies with the protocol for shelf life tests in terms of light, temperature (20⁰C) and moisture (the plants were watered every other day).