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HISTORY OF THE “ČERNÝ SEED COMPANY”
The story of the company is a story of generations of gardeners in the Černý family and their love of flowers, persistence and a bit of luck along the way. The company was founded by Ferdinand Hlaváček (1822–1897) as a regular horticultural business in 1859.

In 1896, he married off his daughter to František Černý (1865–1925), who had been trained as a castle gardener and who had even worked in the famous gardens of Baron Rothschild in Vienna. He was a true master of the art of flower arrangement.

In 1928, František Černý (1896–1968) and Marie Černá (1903–1987), the next generation of gardeners, started to specialise in breeding and production of seeds, especially of petunia and begonia. Their first success came in 1934 when the original petunia variety Karkulka was introduced. They bred a number of conventional non-hybrid varieties together and managed to gain recognition among the competition of established German seed suppliers.

The company has always been a typical family-run business where generations of gardeners – breeders have handed down their knowledge and biological material.

The company was nationalised in 1960. It became part of the state-run enterprise Sempra, which established a breeding station specialising in petunia and begonia. The work started in the 1930s continued.

The names Ing. Jan Černý (1928–1980) and Alenka Černá (1928–2000) are associated with creation of the first hybrid varieties of begonia (1959) and petunia (1960). They gradually managed to breed a wide range of hybrid varieties which were competitive on an international level.

At the beginning of 1991, the company was returned to the hands of its original owners, the Černý family, in terms of restitution.

The company is still a specialised seed business producing seeds of its own varieties of petunia, begonia, cyclamen and pelargonium. It focuses intensively on breeding and new varieties are launched onto the market practically every year. Seeds are supplied to wholesale customers, gardeners and flower enthusiasts. Most of the seeds produced are however exported.

More than 120 original varieties of petunia, begonia, cyclamen, lily-of-the-valley and other flower varieties have been bred in the company since 1934.

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Ferdinand Hlaváček František Černý with an apprentice
in his garden
František Černý
and his wife
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František and Marie Černý
with a begonia classifier
František and Jan Černý
- checking of production seedling stand
Alenka Černá - selection of plants
for seeds production
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Jan Černý - evaluation
of experimental hybrids
Lily-of-the-valley rootstocks
for fast growing
Centre Jan Černý senior,
on the left his son Jan,
on the right his son Jakub
 
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