Before investing in trials of a new plant, growers will want as much information as possible about it. To screen out plants with no real market potential, PFE conducts an initial assessment based on information collected from the breeder, for which it makes no charge. To assist in this, PFE uses a standard New Plant Variety Information Form. Either:

If you have not already completed one of these forms for your new plant, then please do so now, answering as many of the questions as you can, and return it to us. If you do not know the answer to a particular question, then please leave it blank – if we need more information, we will contact you.

Phygelius Croftway Coral PrincessIt is very important that you have good photographs of the plant – it is true that a picture speaks a thousand words, and certainly makes the job of initially evaluating a new plant very much easier and more accurate. In fact, it is more or less impossible to make an evaluation without a photograph!

It is also important to have good factual information about your plant, particularly about flower size, colour and season, as well as plant habit, size and form.
Therefore, the second rule is:

COLLECT AS MUCH INFORMATION AS YOU CAN, AND TAKE PLENTY OF PHOTOGRAPHS.

Good record keeping of your plant development process should aid you in this regard, and is invaluable. It can often also provide useful information to trial growers and, later, to commercial producers, that can help your plant to become a commercial success.

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