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Seminis Home Garden Showcases Exciting Varieties During California Spring Trials

  Seminis Home Garden Showcases Exciting Varieties During California Spring
                                    Trials

PR Newswire

ST. LOUIS, April 11, 2013

ST. LOUIS, April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In early April, hundreds of visitors
made a stop at Seminis Vegetable Seeds, Inc. in Oxnard, California to see the
noteworthy Seminis^® Home Garden varieties on display during California Spring
Trials.

"For many years, Seminis Home Garden has marketed innovative vegetable
varieties to well-known seed retailers in North America," explained Seminis
Home Garden Business lead John Marchese. "This year, we were excited to
showcase to California Spring Trials visitors many of our popular varieties as
well as varieties that were offered to Seminis Home Garden customers for the
first time during the 2012/2013 season."

The California Spring Trials is an annual event that includes many of the
leading plant breeders, growers, and suppliers showcasing their plant
varieties and new products to various stakeholders in the home garden
industry.

"Carefully selected from thousands of commercial varieties that have shown
adaptability for the home garden market, our varieties meet many important
agronomic and consumer attributes home gardeners are looking for," said
Marchese. "The most important attribute being easy to grow, which is a benefit
that comes along with other attributes such as the disease resistance some
varieties offer or compact plants for container gardening."

For example, Quirinal is a squash variety that offers intermediate* resistance
to Powdery mildew, Watermelon mosaic virus and Zucchini yellow mosaic virus,
common diseases affecting home gardens across the United States. Quirinal is a
green and glossy hybrid zucchini for summer harvest.

An addition to Seminis Home Garden's existing line of compact tomato varieties
perfect for container gardening is Debut, a hybrid which produces large and
tasty tomatoes despite its compact size. Biltmore, APT410 and Heatmaster are
the other outstanding hybrid tomato varieties introduced by Seminis Home
Garden during 2012/2013.

Extra large and smooth, Biltmore is a reliable home garden tomato hybrid with
a continuous fruit set and mid-season maturity. As a processing tomato that
provides excellent quality for peeling, dicing and sauce, APT410 produces
consistently throughout varied growing conditions. Heatmaster thrives in
humid, tropical climates, setting fruit under higher temperatures than other
varieties.

"Aside from our exciting tomato varieties, we are very pleased to offer home
gardeners our Valentino bean," added Marchese. "It has a concentrated pod set
and sets well in hot conditions. With 53-day maturity, it's a great fit for
home gardeners almost anywhere." Two other bean varieties, Banga and Serin,
were also offered by Seminis Home Garden for the first time in 2012/2013.

In the bell pepper category, Plato is an attractive, medium-dark green bell
pepper hybrid. The large to extra-large, blocky, firm fruit mature to red on a
medium to large robust plant.

"We also added a cucumber and cauliflower variety to our home garden portfolio
in 2012/2013," said Marchese. "Jumbo is an early maturing hybrid cucumber
variety that produces well in warmer temperatures and Freedom is an
exceptional summer hybrid cauliflower that stands up to heat and stress while
producing high quality heads."

"At Seminis Home Garden, we take pride in offering vegetable seed varieties
that home gardeners across the country will grow to love," said Marchese.
"This year, everyone walked away from our California Spring Trials showcase
excited about Seminis varieties that are available to home gardeners through
our network of dealers, catalogues and garden centers."

* Intermediate resistance is the ability of a plant variety to restrict the
growth and development of the specified pest or pathogen, but may exhibit a
greater range of symptoms compared to highly resistant varieties.
Intermediately resistant plant varieties will still show less severe symptoms
or damage than susceptible plant varieties when grown under similar
environmental conditions and/or pest or pathogen pressure.

About Seminis® Home Garden

For many years, Seminis Home Garden has marketed innovative vegetable
varieties to well-known seed retailers in North America. Our leading home
garden varieties can be accessed through well-known home garden seed dealers.
For more information about Seminis visit www.seminis.com.

Individual results may vary and performance may vary from location to location
and from year to year. These results may not be an indicator of results you
may obtain as local growing, soil and weather conditions may vary. Growers
should evaluate data from multiple locations and years whenever possible.

Seminis® is a registered trademark of Seminis Vegetable Seeds, Inc. ©2013
Seminis Vegetable Seeds, Inc.

Contact: Carly Scaduto (314-694-3247)

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