Ball SB is proud to introduce their Non flowering Dianthus Barbatus varieties: Punky Ball and Cocos Ball.
Ball has been a pioneer of many varieties, such as the world-renowned Green Ball Dianthus, a non-petaled flowering form of Sweet William with a vibrant green head. And they’re not about to stop innovating any time soon. So, what’s next? At Ball, they feel that sometimes the way forward comes by looking at the past. As a result, they have introduced two new promising varieties of Dianthus: Punky Ball and Cocoa Ball.
While the dianthus dates back over 2,000 years, the Green Ball Dianthus came into existence a little over a decade ago. That’s when a new mutation of Dianthus Barbatus was discovered in the fields of flower breeders. This variety had no real flowers, so it was discarded by the growers in the test fields.
Fortunately, the people at Miyoshi saw the potential of this flower for designers, so they worked with Ball to create the Dianthus Barbatus Green Ball. Since 2011, Green Ball has taken the market by storm with its round, furry, green blooms. Floral designers have loved using it as a new, catchy focal flower.
The head of this variety is a bit messier and wilder than the Green Ball, and the flower has a slightly darker green color. An interesting fact for growers is that the flower yields better (has higher productivity) and has a cycle of just 19 weeks with more vigorous cuttings. The Dianthus Barbatus Punky Ball is a youthful and rebellious flower that resembles “an irresistible energy to those who want to take a walk on the wild side!”
The color of this variety fits in with the modern floral design trend of earthy and brown tones and gives flower arrangements a fashionable vintage look. The spikes of the flower have brighter tips, with the base darker than that of the Green Ball. Because of this, the Dianthus Barbatus Cocoa Ball provides even more texture in floral arrangements, offering designers a classic, aged look for their designs.
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