March 23, 2017
Allan Armitage: Plant Consumers Don’t Talk About Varieties; They Talk About Solutions
Allan Armitage says it's time to get in touch with our true audience and market plant solutions, not plant products.
March 9, 2017
New Guide on Bee-Friendly Plants Available From Horticultural Research Institute
The guide is designed to help grower-retailers educate and motivate their customers to purchase and plant pollinator-friendly materials.
December 12, 2016
Pollinator Habitats Get The Spotlight In New, Multi-Million Dollar Investment
The five-year, $4 million commitment from Xerces Society, General Mills, and USDA will offer technical assistance to growers to plant and protect pollinator habitats.
October 15, 2016
Offer Your Customers Host Plants For Caterpillars And Butterflies
Just like bees need plants that provide pollen, butterflies rely on plants for a place to lay their eggs and to provide a food source for emerging caterpillars. Check out this list of plants for caterpillars and butterflies from Michigan State University Extension.
October 13, 2016
45 Pollinator Friendly Perennials Sure To Attract Bees
Pollinator friendly perennials are the foundation of a well-rounded pollinator garden. Check out this list of 45 perennials that are sure to attract bees.
September 28, 2016
Which Annuals And Perennials Are Good For Pollinators?
If you are a grower looking for information on producing plants that are safe for pollinators, or which plant types can be marketed as good food sources for bees, the new publication “Protecting and Enhancing Pollinators in Urban Landscapes” provides a good resource.
September 7, 2016
Check Out The Best Annuals For Attracting Bees And Butterflies
Public interest in protecting bees and other pollinators has initiated a new market for flowers that are good food plants for pollinators. Here's a list of annuals Michigan State University Extension recommends that are attractive to bees and other pollinators.
August 23, 2016
Studies Offer Conflicting Views On Neonic Effect On Bee Health
How much exposure to neonicotinoids do bees need before their health becomes affected? That’s the question two research teams look to answer.
August 12, 2016
IR-4 Project Receives Federal Funding For Pollinator And Downy Mildew Research
Grants from the Specialty Crop Research Initiative will fund IR-4 projects on protecting pollinators through ornamental horticulture, and downy mildew management strategies.
May 14, 2016
New Online Guide Offers Tips On Enhancing Pollinators In Urban Landscapes
The guide, produced by a team of researchers from Michigan State University and elsewhere, includes information on plants that attract pollinators and offer an ideal habitat.
April 26, 2016
“Bee-Friendly” Labels Matter To Plant Consumers, According To Study
Research at Michigan State University shows ornamental plant buyers understand and respond to bee-friendly production practices.
April 21, 2016
Pollinator Update: Regulators And Retailers Are Influencing Pollinator Policy
While the Environmental Protection Agency conducts preliminary risk assessments of neonicotinoid pesticides and retailers phase them out, the industry focuses on promoting pollinator gardens.
January 20, 2016
How To Promote Pollinator-Friendly Plants This Spring
Following last year’s launch of the National Pollinator Garden Network, groups like the National Garden Bureau and others remind growers that offering pollinator-friendly plants is a great way to keep up with consumer demand.
December 29, 2015
Scotts Miracle-Gro To Fund 50 Pollinator Gardens In 2016
In an effort to help combat the loss of pollinator habitats in recent years, the Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. announced plans in mid-December for a year-long effort to improve consumer education about pollinators and promote the creation of backyard and urban habitats where they can thrive. The “Pollinator Promise” will fund the establishment of at least 50 pollinator gardens throughout the U.S. in 2016, as part of the company’s GRO1000 community gardening initiative. The GRO1000 initiative, now in its sixth year, partners with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the Pollinator Stewardship Council, The Franklin Park Conservatory, and others, to promote the availability of additional grants for gardens and green spaces throughout the country. “The importance of pollinators is unquestionable and it is easier than most people think to create a habitat where they can thrive,” says Jim King, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Scotts Miracle-Gro. “The Pollinator Promise is […]
December 29, 2015
The Home Depot Says No To Neonics
The Home Depot plans to phase out neonicotinoids by 2018, according to a recent statement on the company’s website. The large home improvement retailer stated that its live goods suppliers have reduced the number of plants that they treat with neonicotinoids, and now more than 80% of all flowering plants sold at The Home Depot are not treated with neonicotinoids. The retailer said it will continue this decrease unless: Treatment is required by state or federal regulation, or Undisputed science proves that the use of neonicotinoids on live goods does not have a lethal or sub-lethal effect on pollinators Aside from these exceptions, the retailer has implemented a complete phase-out of neonicotinoid use on live goods by the end of 2018. Meanwhile, The Home Depot has required all of its live goods suppliers to label plants that have been treated with neonicotinoids. “The Home Depot is deeply engaged in understanding the […]
December 9, 2015
Pollinator Gardens Are On The Rise, Provide Opportunities For Growers And Retailers
Thanks to the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, enacted in June 2015 by the National Pollinator Garden Network, scores of new pollinator gardens to be planted over the next year and beyond will provide growers with ample opportunities to produce, promote and sell plants that are ideal for pollinator forage and health. And with research underway within the industry, we’ll soon have more knowledge about which plants are the most beneficial and attractive to pollinators. At Bayer’s Bee Care Center, the level of consumer engagement and interest in planting pollinator gardens is very high, Bayer’s Sarah Myers says. Bayer now has 73 local and industry partners and counting in its “Feed A Bee Campaign,” launched in March. Educating consumers about what they can plant to attract bees, and the impact they can have with even the smallest amount of space, is highly important, Myers says. It’s worth explaining to them that […]