August 30, 2011

Storm To Affect Peat Supply, Pricing

Jeff Bishop was hoping September would be a dry month in Canada so peat producers could resume harvesting. But after Tropical Storm Irene rolled through Sunday, leaving eight to 10 inches of rain in parts of Quebec, Bishop says the peat harvesting season is essentially done for producers in Eastern Canada. “This was the worst harvesting season in the history of the industry,” says Bishop, a sales representative for Lambert Peat Moss. “The season was virtually written off up until Sunday because of weather anyway. We were hoping we’d get out there for a few days in September. We have 150 harvesters. If we could get them going we could make a dent. Some facilities and locations have been closed for weeks. We’ve had to lay people off because we simply could not pay people to sit around.” The peat harvesting season was so poor this year that producers like Lambert Peat […]

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August 23, 2011

Young Plant Grower Now Distributing Peat

ForemostCo has partnered with Klasmann-Deilmann to distribute its peat substrate products, adding yet another offering to a grower with a unique model. ForemostCo already has growing operations in Miami and Winter Garden, Fla. It sources its own cuttings from Vita Farms, a farm in Guatemala. And it acts as a plant brokering company which, according to, acts as “the only plant brokering company in the U.S. that handles its own customs and USDA clearance and runs its own fleet of temperature-controlled trucks.”

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August 9, 2011

Peat Report Receives Two Awards

Greenhouse Grower Editor Kevin Yanik and Associate Art Director Brad Kish received national awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) for their work on The Peat Report published in November 2010. Yanik and Kish received a Silver Award in the Special Supplement category, and Kish earned another Silver Award for his front cover design. The Peat Report is still available online at Greenhouse Grower’s sister magazine, Today’s Garden Center, also earned two ASBPE awards, including one of the most coveted national awards: the Multi-Platform Presentation of the Year for its “Steal This Idea” coverage last October. Today’s Garden Center also won the Multi-Platform award in 2009 for the Revolutionary 100 Roundtable Special Report. Greenhouse Grower earned an honorable mention that same year in the category for its California Spring Trials coverage. Group Editor Richard Jones, Senior Online Editor Sara Tambascio and former Editor Jen Polanz were […]

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July 29, 2011

Premier Splits Products Into Two Lines

Premier Tech Horticulture’s products are now divided into two separate lines: Excellence and Performance. The Excellence line is tuned for horticulturists who want to increase yield, crop quality and resistance to various stresses. Growers can choose PRO-MIX products with mycorrhizae, biofungicide or a customized blend reflecting their own specifications. The Performance line offers the solutions all growers seek. With the Performance line, growers will find the consistency, uniformity and quality of the PRO-MIX products they’ve come to know over 40 years. “There has never been a better time to bring together Premier Tech Horticulture’s offer and the ever-changing expectations of customers," says Chantale Duchesneau, Premier’s communications director. "All of our teams have been involved in this exciting project, and we are proud those two product lines are now available for our clientele to experience." For more information, visit

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July 14, 2011

Berger Acquires California Peat Supplier

Berger Peat Moss has acquired Sun Land Garden Products, a peat supplier based in Watsonville, Calif. Sun Land has commercial grower and retailer products. Its commercial division serves all of California and is reaching into other states, while its retail division produces more than one million bags of product per year. In a letter co-authored by Claudin Berger, president of Berger Peat Moss, he writes: “Berger has seen a great opportunity in purchasing Sun Land Garden Products by the fact that as family-owned businesses, the two companies share the same values, the same philosophy of a consistent quality product, strong innovation and a similar market approach with close customer relationships. ”Thanks to its excellent reputation, Berger’s clients know [Sun Land] is a dependable supplier of consistent quality products that responds rapidly to their needs and is eager to listen to them. We strongly believe the teams of Berger and Sun […]

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June 15, 2011

WSJ: Scotts Exploring Medical Marijuana Market

Scotts Miracle-Gro relies on Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart for nearly two-thirds of its revenue. But because consumers are still cautious about spending and, consequently, because the three box stores are not building stores at the rate they were several years ago, Scotts is exploring new markets to generate sales. Markets like medical marijuana. In a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article published June 14, Scotts CEO Jim Hagedorn says he wants “to target the pot market,” and other niche markets to boost his company’s sales. To target marijuana growers, WSJ indicates Scotts would buy niche dirt companies that already exist rather than create its own line of branded products. Learn more about Scotts online at

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June 15, 2011

Behind The Scenes At Jiffy

One advantage Dutch floriculture has over our industry here in the United States is its monocultural focus. Because the auction system is still very much in place, the market allows Dutch growers to focus on particular crops and become true experts on their production. And because growers have mastered particular crops, the quality of their product is arguably better than the quality you’ll find here in the U.S. Now, that notion isn’t a slight on U.S. growers. Instead, it’s more the result of our polyculture, which forces growers to manage a variety of production systems and become experts on a variety of crops. Just ask yourself how many SKUs your operation manages–the number for some of you might even be in the thousands–and think how much easier your job would be if you weren’t responsible for providing every last variety to your retailers. This, however, is how greenhouse floriculture in […]

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June 10, 2011

Research Supports PBH As Partial Pine Bark Replacement

Research from the Department of Horticulture at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, authenticates the use of PBH as a partial replacement for pine bark in nursery stock container media. The research concludes that pine bark substrates amended with up to 40 percent PBH Nature’s Media Amendment will not decrease plant growth or increase the volume or frequency of irrigation for the production of container-grown spirea over one (25 weeks) and two (70 weeks) growing seasons, respectively. Based on the research, pine bark-based substrates amended with up to 40 percent PBH retained physical properties that were generally within current guidelines for nursery container substrates after one or two growing seasons. Decomposition was not an issue. The research substantiating the use of PBH Nature’s Media Amendment as a partial pine bark substitute comes at a time when growers have seen pine bark availability decline, prices rise and freight charges increase. PBH gives growers a […]

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June 3, 2011

Harrell’s Offering Peat For Florida

Harrell’s has acquired a peat bog containing more than 9 million cubic yards of organic Florida peat. “We already supply Harrell’s branded fertilizers, foliar spray adjutants and wetting agents, says Rick Helpingstine, president of Harrell’s Horticultural Products. “When we saw the exceptional quality of this peat, it made sense for us to expand our offerings to include Harrell’s branded peat and peat-based mixes.” Harrell’s bog, manufacturing and distribution facilities are centrally located for timely delivery throughout Florida. Harrell’s also has technical field representatives throughout Florida that offer media, fertility, pest management and water-quality expertise to the grower market. For more information contact Scott Martiniere, regional sales manager, at [email protected] Learn more about Harrell’s at

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