Burpee's 2016 catalog exclusive new product innovations include:
- Eggplant "Meatball" Hybrid: This variety can stand alone in ‘Meatless Monday’ recipes in American home kitchens. ‘Meatball’ was bred with two specific traits in mind: high moisture content and low seed count with low oxidation rate (the browning of seeds after the fruit is cut). ’Meatball’ has such a high moisture content that it almost drips water from the firm but spongy core. Sweet enough to snack on raw.
- Tomato ‘Madame Marmande’ Hybrid: Marmande tomatoes are beloved by the French for their elegant fragrance and juiciness and are often stuffed with a soft cheese. With all due respect to French sensibility, the classic Marmande often lacks durability in a humid, sunny growing environment. ‘Madame Marmande’ had been selected from five generations of Marmande crosses. This gourmet beefsteak variety has all of the best traits of Marmandes, with added yield and disease resistance. ‘Madame Marmande’ delivers durability, as well as flavor and perfume.
- Cherry Baby: Sweet and plentiful with gorgeous elongated racemes, these super-productive plants mass with dense clusters of not just 100 but 300 super sweet 1-ounce cuties. Selected from Burpee’s greenhouse trial grounds four years ago, and field tested from California to Bulgaria, with container trials mixed in as well, this variety has consistently proven its flavor, yield and fruit quality to be superior in any climate.
- Marigold, ‘Triple Treat’: Pretty yet never demanding, with three vibrant colors on one plant. No dead-heading and no dead brown blooms make for a gardener’s win-win. Gregarious garden performance is the gift of these ironclad plants. Easy care: just plant and water. ‘Triple Treat’ is heat and humidity tolerant. Once established these tri-color marigolds need only a bit of water to retain their beauty.
- Petunia, ‘Night Sky’: Deep purple with white paint splashes, ‘Night Sky’ adds beauty to the universe. From a distance, these blooms attract much attention and when planted en masse the color resembles the starry night sky.
- Lavender, ‘Bandera Purple’: This new lavender has Dutch bloodlines, and was first trialed in California and then at Burpee’s Fordhook Farm in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Dense, floriferous blooms. First year flowering perennial that is a bee and butterfly magnet. Fragrant, drought tolerant plants are neat and elegant– ideal for small spaces and patio pots. Excellent for dry climates, requiring very little attention and water.
- Crocosmia, ‘Orange Pekoe’: Originating from South Africa, this ‘imported’ tropical flowering plant now gives exotic flare in Northern Hemisphere gardens. Evergreen foliage with multi-color orange, yellow and fuchsia flowers on long spikes make ‘Orange Pekoe’ excellent for cut flowers and also vertical texture when not in bloom. Re-blooming perennial. Easy to maintain.
- Blueberry, ‘Nocturne’: Science meets blueberry brawn. ‘Nocturne’ is a distinct rabbiteye-blueberry (Rabbiteye type are fast growing, wild and very adaptive) developed by Dr. Mark Ehlenfeldt and released by the Marucci Center for Blueberry & Cranberry Research and Extension, Chatsworth, N.J.) Nocturne are very cold-hardy and produce impressively vigorous bushes. Colorful orange unripe fruit add ornamental value to this unconventional landscape plant. Large, sweet, dusky black berries when fully ripe.
- Strawberry, ‘Sweet Kiss’: Bountiful berries with less space – a sweet solution for limited sized gardens. Plants produce few runners and flower profusely, offering a cornucopia of berries. The large white blooms of ‘Sweet Kiss’ yield large fruits with classic shape, rich color and lush, inviting true strawberry taste. Perfect for patios, as well as gardens.
Gardeners can find Burpee’s non-GMO flower and vegetable plants and seeds at www.burpee.com. The company’s website also offers free garden resources, articles, how-to videos and garden supplies.