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Denomination: 'Dion'
Botanical Name: Kalanchoe blossfeldiana
Applicant/Holder: Fides B.V.
P.O. Box 26
2678 ZG
De Lier
Breeder: Ike Vlielander, FGB B.V., De Lier, Netherlands
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-317-7511
Application Date: 2004-03-12
Application Number: 04-4100
Grant of Rights Date: 2007-03-12
Certificate Number: 2708
Date rights surrendered: 2008-03-14

Variety Description


PLANT: medium height to tall, medium width, many to very many flowering shoots of first order

LEAF: short to medium length, medium width, ovate, medium to dark green on upper side, light to medium green on lower side, absent to very weak anthocyanin, medium to thick, bicrenate margins with shallow to medium deep incisions, round and straight apex, concave to flat in cross section, no twisting of longitudinal axis

FLOWERING SHOOT: moderate number of lateral shoots of first order, highest pleiochasium is medium in width with a moderate to high number of flowers
FLOWER: double, medium diameter
COROLLA LOBES: short to medium length, narrow to medium width, orange pink (RHS 37A) on upper side, changing to purple red (RHS N57C) at maturity, purple red (RHS 61D) on lower side
ANTHERS: prominent

FLOWERING TIME: early to mid-season, nine week response group

Origin & Breeding History: 'Dion' (breeder's reference 'FK 4521') was developed by the breeder, Ike Vlielander at the FGB B.V. Research Facility, De Lier, The Netherlands. It originated from a cross between the female parent 'Leonardo' and the male parent 'Goldstrike', made in September 1999. The new kalanchoe variety was selected in 2001 based on flower colour, and a unique double-decorative flower type.

Tests & Trials: The detailed description is based on the UPOV report of Technical Examination, CPVO reference number 2004/0094, application number KAL 685, grant number 16234, purchased from the CPVO, Angers, France. The trials were conducted by the Bundessortenamt in Hannover, Germany, in 2004. Colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) colour chart.

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Kalanchoë: 'Dion'

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