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Denomination: 'Karen'
Previously Proposed Denomination: 'KJ20030855'
Botanical Name: Kalanchoe blossfeldiana
Applicant/Holder: Knud Jepsen A/S
Damsbrovej 53
Breeder: Knud Jepsen, Knud Jepsen A/S, Hinnerup, Denmark
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-317-7511
Application Date: 2005-04-06
Application Number: 05-4697
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-03-14
Certificate Number: 3180
Date rights surrendered: 2012-02-24

Variety Description


PLANT: medium to tall, medium to broad width, many to very many flowering shoots

LEAF: long, medium width, elliptic, dark green on upper side, medium green on lower side, very weak to weak anthocyanin colouration, concave to flat cross-section, no twisting of longitudinal axis, medium thickness
LEAF MARGINS: bicrenate, shallow incisions
LEAF APEX: acute, incurving to straight attitude

FLOWERING SHOOT: medium number to many lateral shoots of first order, early flowering time, medium number to many flowers of highest pleiochasium, highest pleiochasium medium to broad width
YOUNG FLOWER: yellow orange (RHS 17C) upper side of corolla lobes
FLOWER: double, medium to large diameter
COROLLA LOBES: medium length, medium width, yellow orange (RHS 19A) upper side, light yellow (RHS 16D) lower side

ANTHERS: not prominent

Origin & Breeding History: The variety 'Karen' is a product of a planned breeding program conducted by the breeder in Hinnerup, Denmark. The objective of the program was to create new freely flowering kalanchoe varieties with large flowers and numerous petals. 'Karen' originated from a cross made in 2003 between the variety 'Fame' as the female parent, and the cultivar designated as "KJ 2001 1857' as the male parent. The new variety was selected by the breeder as a single flowering plant within the progeny of the cross and was given the experimental designation 'KJ 2003 0855'. The selection criteria were flower colour and size, numerous petals per flower and good production characteristics.

Tests & Trials: The detailed description of 'Karen' is based on the UPOV report of Technical Examination, application number 2004/1708, grant of rights number 17459, purchased from the Community Plant Variety Office, Angers, France. The trials were conducted by the Bundessortenamt in Hannover, Germany, in 2005. Colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) colour chart.

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Kalanchoë: 'Karen'

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