Expanding Niche Offerings

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Expanding Niche Offerings

When you come to visit Pacific Plug & Liner in Watsonville, you also get to see a whole new world of floriculture with the Agrexco alliance of companies in Israel. These range from Jaldety’s varieties of niche annuals and perennials and plants with foliage and texture, to Cohen’s mainstream vegetative annuals, Hishtil’s herbs and vegetables and Schwartz geraniums  bred by Endisch. New this year was Isaacson Flowers with gorgeous, double-flowered mandevillas and large flowered blue thunbergias. Hishtil presented innovative packaging for tomatoes and herbs, which protects plants in a cage but also provides a picture, information and a carrying handle. Pictured is Potomato.

Pacific Plug & Liner (PP&L) is the young plants division of Smith Gardens in Bellingham, Wash. The company is always pursuing licensing agreements with the most innovative genetics, including a striking new salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish,’ licensed through PlantHaven. Each year PP&L conducts independent comparison trials of two key product lines. This year it was heat-tolerant lobelia from cuttings in baskets and the perennial Salvia nemerosa.

Myers industries also displayed its offerings of plastic and biodegradable pots. One key biodegradable line is made from coir (coconut fibers).

Delilah Onofrey directs Flower Power Marketing for the Suntory Collection. She can be reached at donofrey@gmail.com

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