November 8, 2012
How To Grow Coreopsis
Coreopsis is a native North American plant with a wide range, growing naturally from Alaska to the southern tip of Florida. By selecting the right species, growers can find anything from USDA-Zone-3-hardy varieties to those that tolerate weeks of 100Â°F-plus temperatures. Coreopsis is useful in bedding schemes and can provide a nice foil for bold-leaved plants like heuchera. The vast color range allows them to be married with many foliage colors. They should not be forgotten when it comes to putting together fall containers, as the pumpkin- and orange-toned flowers work well with kale and squash. Coreopsis Culture Tips These varieties are great component plants and add a new color range for the container market. Different varieties require different culture. Use these guidelines when growing coreopsis: Media: Coreopsis prefers a well-drained media such as a 60/40 peat-perlite or peat-pumice mix. Drainage is absolutely essential to this genus, and high-peat mixes […]
September 25, 2012
Agastache In The Landscape
Agastache is a much-enjoyed North American genus of ornamental merit. This genus comprises a group of deer-resistant, drought-tolerant plants that are showing extreme heat resistance. A number of species (of 16 total) are from Mexico and the Southwest desert, tolerating and blooming at temperatures of 100°F. Agastache Attracts Wildlife And Humans Alike In England, agastache are treasured as nectar sources for bees, butterflies and other insects. In the United States, the plants are aptly nicknamed hummingbird mint, as they are a huge attractor of hummingbirds. The color range goes from purple-blue through yellow, coral and orange. This adds much attraction for humans as well, especially because agastache is in full bloom around the time we are active in the garden. Some cooks use the young leaf tips in salads, and there are a number of teas that feature the anise-hyssop, which is another species of agastache,A. foeniculum. These plants are […]
September 25, 2012
Agastache: Production Advice
Media. Agastache prefer a well-drained media such as a 50/50 peat-perlite or pumice mix. Drainage holes in the pots should err on the larger side. Taller pots, like standard gallon pots, give the plant a better capillary column for drainage, and the soil weight should keep the plants from blowing over in the wind. Planting. Plant one 72-cell liner per 4-inch, 6-inch or gallon pot. Plants may be trimmed for mechanized planting. Agastache are not as sensitive to planting depth as other perennials since they are from the Lamiaceae (mint) family and readily root up the stem. It is advised, however, to make sure the top of the liner matches evenly with the top of the soil in the pot to prevent stem and crown rot. Fungicides at planting are usually not required. Those who prefer pot mulches should use non-organic mulches like turkey grit, or pot covers. Filbert shells, […]
August 6, 2012
Growing Hellebores In The Greenhouse
Hellebores might be the perfect perennial. What other plant has lustrous, handsome foliage and sumptuous flowers in an array of shapes and colors? What other plant tolerates dry as well as wet soils, has few pests and is deer-resistant? These plants are the first to greet the garden center customer in early spring. The cheerful flowers are a perfect complement to spring bulbs with foliage that persists until winter and acts as a foil for annuals and perennials in the summer. Tolerant of severe winters and hot, humid summers, hellebores fill an important niche in the landscape-plant market. They can handle sun as well as shade. In other words, they rock! Grower Tips Planting: Plant one 30-cell liner per 6-inch or gallon pot in well-drained media. Make sure not to cover the crown by planting too deeply. This is the most common failure. The soil level of the pot and […]
January 6, 2012
Coreopsis Culture Tips
There has been a beautiful explosion in new coreopsis varieties lately. Flash back 10 years and the color offerings would have been yellow, yellow or yellow. Now, designers are delighted to have their artistic palettes loaded with garnets, oranges, corals, pinks and stunning bicolors. These new annual varieties are complex hybrids that have been placed in series, depending on their height and landscape use. These are great component plants, adding a new color range for the container market. But different varieties require different culture. We have made an effort to produce compact plants that need minimal pinching, (once for full plants), that will please consumers with their easy care and self-cleaning habit. Terra Nova Nurseries’ new grower, Conor Carey, is on board to suggest the perfect tools to produce the perfect plants in our Punch, Lemonade and Pie series (see “Coreopsis To Consider” sidebar for descriptions of the three series). […]
December 9, 2011
10 Perennials Driving Success Through Better Breeding
My mission at Terra Nova Nurseries is to cure the failures in plants with good breeding. The right cures make consumers successful and put smiles on the faces of growers and retailers. Here’s a look at 10 perennial genera that can help you bring the consumer success and a smile to your face. 1 Agastache. These are now beginning to fill a market niche once dominated by salvia. Agastaches are heavily reblooming plants with fragrant foliage and new, rich flower colors that provide a foil to echinacea and other perennials. They are inexpensive to growers because they can be provided as unrooted cuttings. 2 Echinacea. The wide range of colors in echinacea pleases the consumer, especially with the new, hot colors now available. The growers are receiving plants that are better branched with more shoots, thus increasing viability. 3 Gaillardia. Gaillardias suffer from falling open as the plant ages, making […]
November 23, 2010
Terra Nova’s Heims & Sander: Tissue Culture Tips
Our world has changed thanks to tissue culture. From exotic orchids at Trader Joe’s to the Autumn Glory maples along our city streets, consumers and landscapers have both found the superior quality, health and vigor of these plants to be amazing. Even before a plant enters the lab, it undergoes rigid viral testing by companies like Agdia, which runs as many as 21 different tests to make sure plants are as virus free as possible. These plants are called elite stock. Under the sterile conditions of the lab, numbers of plants begin to increase after being placed into an agar gel with necessary hormones, sugars and salts. Multiplying these plants in geometrically increasing numbers, at specific intervals, can quickly bring a starter culture of a few plants to a hundred thousand in a year’s time. At some point, when the target goal has been reached, roots are needed. Plants are […]
April 25, 2017
Out-Of-This-World Plant Nutrition: Fertilizer Company I…
NASA scientists are growing vegetables on the International Space Station using Florikan’s controlled release fertilizer.
April 25, 2017
41 New Vegetative Petunias From California Spring Trial…
With the abundance of new introductions for the 2018 retail season, we’ve made it easier for you to sift through them by separating out the vegetative petunias from the Northern sites, which includes selections from Westhoff Flowers, Sakata Ornamentals, Danziger, Proven Winners, and Syngenta flowers.
April 24, 2017
Ian Baldwin Offers Examples From Grower-Retailers on Pr…
In March, Baldwin wrote a blog advising grower-retailers to consider raising their prices this spring. The post inspired a number of creative suggestions.
April 22, 2017
American Floral Endowment Announces Winners of 2017 Pau…
Four students pursuing careers in horticulture now have scholarships to help them along the way, thanks to the American Floral Endowment.
April 20, 2017
Terra Nova Nurseries Releases Two New, Attractive Begon…
Stardust is the latest addition to Terra Nova Nurseries’ existing T Rex Begonia series, and Silver is the first introduction to the company’s new Spectre Begonia series.
April 19, 2017
Suppliers Can Offer Technical Solutions for New Cannabi…
Here’s a look at how a few manufacturers have partnered with growers to make their transition into cannabis a smooth one, whether it’s through hands-on guidance or partnering with other industry leaders.
April 18, 2017
Cool Combos From CAST 2017 – Editor’s Choic…
With container gardening becoming more of a lifestyle among consumers than a trend, and breeders continuing to put more effort in container mixes and components, I feel I would be remiss if I didn't share some of the special combinations that not only caught my eye at California Spring Trials, but absolutely took my breath away and made me want to immediately get started gardening.
April 17, 2017
LumiGrow’s Latest Lighting Research Highlighted in Grow…
Industry leaders representing a broad range of vegetable, floriculture, and cannabis producers gathered to learn how to implement modern lighting strategies for their own production.
April 16, 2017
Danziger Invests in Continued North American Business G…
As part of a new business structure for its North American market, Mike Fernandez has been appointed Market Manager North America for Bedding Plants and Perennials, and Kate Zvara was named as Key Account Manager and Retail Specialist.
April 15, 2017
How Oregon Growers Are Making Lean Improvements With He…
The Oregon Nursery Lean Consortium recently helped two Pacific Northwest growers realize significant productivity gains and labor savings.
April 14, 2017
How to Trial a New Product Before You Use It in Your Gr…
Before you apply a new product on a plant, you want to make sure it is safe and effective. Technical experts from Kemin have compiled a five-step guide designed to help you measure the benefits of a new product you want to incorporate into your operation.
April 13, 2017
AmericanHort’s Production Technology Conference To Debu…
The AmericanHort Production Technology Conference is designed to give nursery and greenhouse growers a chance to get hands-on with the latest advancements in production technology and explore the return on investment potential of equipment purchases and upgrades.
April 13, 2017
Research Team Seeking Feedback From Hydroponic Growers
Are you a hydroponic grower of food crops? If so, Michigan State University and Iowa State University researchers are looking for your input.
April 12, 2017
Looking for Info on New Varieties for Hot Climates? Che…
The Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association’s Florida Flower Trials, which are focused on new and improved varieties able to thrive in the extremes of Florida’s climate, are a great opportunity to connect with national breeders.
April 11, 2017
Begonias, Celosias Among Dr. Allan Armitage’s Favorites…
Check out some of Allan’s top picks from his final day at CAST 2017, which included visits to Green Fuse Botanicals and Floranova.