Ball Seed Company  

West Chicago,  IL 
United States
  • Booth: 2625

Ball Seed is North America’s leading wholesale horticultural distributor, and your complete business partner with a wide variety of plants, products and services to make your business a success. Our Ball Seed Sales Representatives work with you to customize solutions you need for your greenhouse business. Plugs, seed, unrooted cuttings, liners, bulbs and bare root are all available on WebTrack, our online ordering system – so you get what you need, when you need it. 

Bedding Plants; Liners; Perennials; Vegetables; Plugs; Seeds; Greenhouse Equipment

Brands: Burpee, Wave Spreading Petunias & Cool Wave Pansies, PanAmerican Seed, Darwin Perennials, Ball FloraPlant, Selecta One, Kieft Seed, Ball Ingenuity, Ball WebTrack, Ball ColorLink, S.B. Machinerie


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 Press Releases

  • WEST CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, November 2019 – To enhance the shopping experience for its customers, Ball Seed®, North America’s leading distributor of horticultural products, is proud to launch the Quality Rating on WebTrack® its online ordering and business management system. The new Quality Rating is based on several years of customer feedback from hundreds of thousands of Ball Seed shipments. This evaluation system joins the Order Fill Rating currently on WebTrack, which tracks how well a supplier has delivered what the customer has ordered.

    Both the Quality and Order Fill Ratings are displayed with an icon (flower for Quality, star for Order Fill) as well as a numbered measurement (1-5, with 5 being the highest rating). The addition of color to the icons gives a clear visual reference during the ordering process, so customers can make an informed choice when making purchases.

    Supplier evaluations are continuously gathered and updated quarterly so an accurate rate is produced each season. Ball Seed believes the Quality and Order Fill Ratings will be especially important with late purchases, when customers may need to buy from a less familiar source.

    “Ball Seed is the only greenhouse distributor providing supplier ratings for both order fill and quality,” says Jim Kennedy, Sales Director for Ball Seed. “We are always looking out for our customer, and this enhanced rating system in WebTrack will build more confidence in their purchases.”

    See the new Quality Rating in action! Log on to to find top-rated suppliers. Not on WebTrack yet? Contact your Ball Seed sales rep or Ball ColorLink associate at 800 879-BALL to search, order and track your purchases today.

    About Ball Seed
    Ball Seed is North America’s leading wholesale horticultural distributor. It combines extensive experience, innovative thinking and world-class customer service to ensure professional growers have the best products, most efficient tools, dynamic growing solutions & More. Visit for more information and check live availability and order through Ball Seed WebTrack.

  • WEST CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, January 2020 — With a new decade in full bloom, the Wave® brand celebrates 25 years of providing gardeners with bold, care-free color to brighten outdoor spaces. It’s the flower brand known for offering a wide selection of colors and versatility in gardens, baskets and containers. The Wave spreading petunia was born in 1995 when a breeder for a Japanese beer company noticed a wild petunia growing in the field. After some fine-tuning, the fast-growing, trailing petunia went on to win high honors at the All-America Selections trials. All-America Selections tests never-before-sold varieties for home gardens across the country, and only the top performers are awarded the AAS Winner designation. Recognizing the amazing potential, flower breeding company PanAmerican Seed® partnered with Kirin Ichiban to produce and distribute what came to be known as Wave® Purple Classic around the world. The brand became a quick favorite for gardeners and landscape designers alike.

    “Wave revolutionized the garden industry in 1995, with a plant so unique with its spread, long bloom time and exceptional weather tolerance, not to mention brilliant color,” says Diane Blazek, Executive Director of the National Garden Bureau, a 100-year-strong organization that works to inform and inspire home gardeners. “Wave has given gardeners the opportunity to personalize their outdoor space with ease and is continuing to enhance and create the best and most vibrant petunias.”

    Following the success of Wave Purple Classic, new varieties were quickly introduced, including Tidal Wave®, Easy Wave® and Shock Wave®, offering gardeners more options in terms of size and color. The brand later developed a variety of easy-care combos and mixes for creating impressive containers and beds without the guesswork. In 2013, the ground-breaking Cool Wave® pansy was born. Delivering exceptional performance from store to garden and helping to extend gardening season, Cool Wave redefined the pansy class and became the first “non-petunia” product for the brand.

    Today, Wave offers gardeners four petunia collections, one pansy collection, and more than 60 colors and mixes to choose from. After 25 years of inspiring gardeners, Wave continues to evolve with modern colors, gardening trends and projects, all while providing easy spreading color around the globe.

    “We are proud and excited to celebrate this landmark achievement of 25 years of Wave,” says Claire Josephson, Wave Marketing Manager. “We look forward to providing our Wave Fans with another 25 years of reliable and colorful easy-to-grow flowers that add a big splash in the garden.”

    For video tutorials, gardening tips, DIY projects, and even more inspiration, visit Follow our year-long celebration on social at #HappyBirthdayWave.

    The Wave Family has provided gardeners with easy spreading color since the introduction of Wave® Purple Classic in 1995. The four collections of petunias — original Wave®, Tidal Wave®, Easy Wave® and Shock Wave® — offer dramatic color, exceptionally long bloom time, and fantastic spreading and trailing habits for garden beds and containers. Joining the Wave Family in 2012, Cool Wave® Pansies provide the same vigorous spreading and trailing growth with the addition of hardiness and vibrant color during the cooler times of early spring and fall. For more information, visit

  • WEST CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, August 2020  The Ball Garden Mums team is pleased to announce the availability of its 2021 New Varieties catalog featuring exciting, new products with superior genetics. Growers can count on Ball Mums to deliver the highest-quality mums backed by an extensive network of support.

    For the 2021 season, Ball Mums is introducing 11 outstanding new varieties, including several new bicolors that bring a dimensional look to market, plus vibrant-colored choices with superior heat performance and keeping quality.

    “Our full assortment includes more than 100 cutting-edge Ball Mums varieties available exclusively from Ball Seed, and it all starts with quality,” says Cindy Drumgool, Business Manager for Ball Mums. “We trial and evaluate all our selections for color retention, uniformity, durability, flexibility, growth habit, disease resistance and more, resulting in excellence at all stages – from production through landscape performance,”

    The 2021 New Varieties Catalog can be downloaded or viewed online at The website is also host to several digital resources, including the Garden Mum Growth Tracking Tool. To request a printed copy, contact the Ball Mums team or your Ball Seed Sales Representative at 800 879-BALL.

    About Ball Seed®
    Ball Seed is North America’s leading wholesale horticultural distributor. It combines extensive experience, innovative thinking and world-class customer service to ensure professional growers have the best products, most efficient tools, dynamic growing solutions & More. Visit for more information and check live availability and order through Ball Seed WebTrack®.

  • WEST CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, April 2020 – As North America’s leading horticultural distributor, Ball Seed consistently seeks out new innovations and exclusive partnerships through its Ball Ingenuity team to keep greenhouses on the trending edge. This year, the latest introductions from Ball Ingenuity promise greenhouse growers unique varieties to help them reach new markets in 2021. The following Ball Seed exclusive products offer great opportunities to appeal to the modern gardener looking for something special.

    Camellia sinensis Brew-Tea-Ful is the first full-sun camellia for the North American market and it gives homeowners the ability to produce five types of tea from one plant. It is reliably hardy to USDA zone 7 but can also be grown in containers and brought under cover during winter in colder areas.

    “The rise in ‘plants-with-a-purpose’ makes Brew-Tea-Ful one of those special plants that appeal to today’s DIY or project gardener,” says Kelsey Minalga, Product Manager for Ball Ingenuity. “It is not only a beautiful and easy-to-care-for plant, but it lets the consumer explore their creative side.”

    Philodendron Shangri-La is a new form of the popular split-leaf variety. Consumers get a more elegant and well-kept looking plant that’s perfect as a houseplant for indoor décor, or for landscape use when protected outdoors. Shangri-La’s habit is uniformly dense and clumping and will not vine. Years of trialing has perfected its genetics before its market debut.

    Cyclamen Metalis® series is bred by Ball Ingenuity partner Morel Diffusion (France), and offers silver foliage that contrasts beautifully with its green-heart center. There’s a range of six bloom colors in a midi habit size – perfect for key holiday sales such as Christmas, New Year’s, Valentines, and beyond.

    “Ball Ingenuity excels at partnering with breeders worldwide – large and small – to bring unique plants to market,” says Joan Mazat, Head of New Product Development for Ball Ingenuity. “We encourage breeders to submit their plants to help them take their inventions to the next level in North America.”

    Visit the Ball Ingenuity website to learn how its dedicated team fosters partnerships through high-class support and commitment to market success. The website also shares plant details on its full product assortment, including the latest 2021 intros listed above.

    About Ball Ingenuity
    Ball Ingenuity is a division of the distribution company Ball Seed and is focused on the development and support of new plant programs into North America through partnerships with outside plant breeders. It focuses on a diverse group of product offerings and key market growth opportunities. Visit for more information.


  • Beacon® Impatiens
    A breakthrough 10 years in the making, NEW Beacon Impatiens from PanAmerican Seed have high resistance to Impatiens downy mildew. You and your customers can rely on Beacon to thrive with lasting color all season. Available in seven colors and two mixes...

  • High resistance to Impatiens downy mildew!
    Bring Impatiens walleriana back into production without the risk of disease. Beacon impatiens offers high resistance to the currently known and widely prevalent populations of Plasmopara obducens, which cause Impatiens downy mildew. For lasting color, you can rely on Beacon impatiens to thrive. Visit for more information.

    • Beacon impatiens offers the opportunity to bring back into production a well-known, in-demand, easy-to-grow and versatile product for increased sales.
    • With a plant structure, flowering time, flower size and crop culture that is similar to Super Elfin, Beacon impatiens is easy to incorporate into production planning.
    • Offers season-long color, and it brings back fast-filling color to gardens and landscapes.
    • Available in 7 colors and 2 mixes.
  • Easy Wave® Rose Fusion, Shock Wave® Purple Tie Dye
    The most powerful plant brand in the world, Wave® Petunias and Cool Wave® Pansies has delivered growing, selling and gardening success, year after year since 1995 #HappyBirthdayWave...

  • Wave is the most-asked-for plant brand ever!
    Our consumer research shows that Wave has a 25% brand awareness in North America with gardening consumers. They rave about Wave’s easy, spreading color. This year, Wave is celebrating its 25th Anniversary! Two new stunning petunias join the family:

    • Easy Wave Rose Fusion is a mid-rose bloom with deep rose veins. Its short-day requirement of 9 hours creates early-season sales opportunities. The Easy Wave series is versatile for solor or mixed baskets, gardens and landscapeslooms in a 4 to 6-day window. 
    • Shock Wave Purple Tie Dye is a playful, variable purple-blue and white bicolor pattern that appeals to consumers. The Shock Wave series is blanketed with masses of color from petite, high-impact flowers in baskets and patio planters.
  • Spanish Lavender Primavera
    Extend your Spanish Lavender season with NEW Primavera. Unlike other Lavender of this type, this new addition will flower during the Summer months in the North and through mid-Winter in the Deep South...

  • NEW Spanish Lavender flowers throughout Summer and Winter to extend the Spanish Lavender season!
    This unique new Spanish Lavender from Darwin Perennials is topped with burgundy flags above small purple flowers. Unlike other Lavender of this type, this new addition will flower during the Summer months in the mid-South and North, as well as mid-Winter in the Deep South.

    • Can be programmed for very early flowering for markets in the Deep South or for Summer sales in the North.
    • The most versatile of Spanish Lavender varieties.

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