Doris, the new face of potted colour

Looking for some potted colour for Christmas? Two new curcuma hybrids, Doris and Houlty, are now available at Bunnings.

The Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) ornamental breeding program has been ongoing for many years, culminating in the commercialisation of a pair of stunning hybridised curcumas by local wholesale nursery the Plant Smith.

The work from a RIRDC research project in partnership with a nursery industry co-operator has led to further development of these varieties, identified as having desirable attributes for production as a potted flowering plant.

Named Doris and Houlty after the DPIR research staff involved in the ornamental program, the flowers feature strong “Siam Tulip” forms in rose pink and white. Perfect for cut flowers and potted colours, the plants bloom during the wet season and then die back to a tuber in the dry season.

Further work is being investigated into the use of mutagenesis to generate genetic variations for new hybrids.

For more information contact Doris Marcsik on 08 8999 2017. Curcumas from the DPIR breeding program are in store now.

Doris Marcsik with her namesake curcumas Curcumas from the DPIR breeding program are in store now

Doris Marcsik with her namesake curcumas (left) Curcumas from the DPIR breeding program are in store now (right)

Last updated: 07 August 2019