From the editors of American Nurseryman • September 22, 2011
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Welcome to 'Sprout,' American Nurseryman's bi-weekly e-newsletter. For even more, be sure to read our September issue.

E-VerifyE-Verify clears house committee
Despite testimony and ardent opposition from agriculture, commercial hort and a host of other industries, the House Judiciary Committee approved Chairman Lamar Smith’s bill—H.R.2885, the Legal Workforce Act—without addressing the very real, very pressing concerns of … well, gee. What happens if more than a million experienced ag and hort workers are displaced? Hmm? A comprehensive analysis of the situation was issued by ANLA’s vice president of government relations Craig Regelbrugge, and we’ve posted his missive on our website. Read more>

DeereDeere recalls lawn tractors
Do you drive a Deere? More specifically, John Deere series X300, X300R or X304? The company has recalled nearly 36,500 lawn tractors—those powered Kawasaki engines—because of reported problems with overheating and fire hazards. Deere implemented the recall voluntarily, in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission. If you own one of these, stop using it and contact your dealer. Read more>

Carnegie Institution for SciencePlant a tree, cool the Earth
As if we needed another reason to plant trees … Scientists in the Global Ecology department of the Carnegie Institution for Science have determined that moisture evaporated from trees has the potential to cool the planet’s atmosphere as a whole, not just the tree’s immediate location. According to the researchers, increased evaporation tends to cause clouds to form low in the atmosphere, which act to reflect the sun’s warming rays back out into space. This has a cooling influence. “This shows us that the evaporation of water from trees and lakes in urban parks, like New York’s Central Park, not only help keep our cities cool, but also helps keep the whole planet cool,” says researcher Ken Caldeira. (Photo: Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft.; Read more>

blue rose ApplauseWorld’s first blue rose
The rosarian’s Holy Grail has finally been obtained: Suntory has announced that it will introduce its internationally renowned blue rose Applause in North America this November. The plant has been available in Japan since 2009. According to Suntory, “With nearly 100 percent blue-pigmented petals, blue rose Applause is the world’s first blue rose, a technically sophisticated and wondrously stunning flower with a delicate blue color.” Read more>

HeucheraNGB’s “Year of” plants announced
The National Garden Bureau has deemed 2012 to be the “Year of the Heuchera.” And the Year of the Geranium. And the Year of the Herbs. Each year, the organization promotes a group of plants to assist the hort industry in its marketing efforts. If you visit the Bureau’s web site, you’ll find all sorts of photos and literature prepared for your use—seriously. You’re free to download images and copy to help in your own promotions, as long as you credit the Bureau for its fine work. Read more>

People News

RuppertChanges at Ruppert
Ruppert Landscapes announces the following personnel moves: Dennee Griffin has joined the Raleigh Landscape Construction branch as branch administrator; Christopher Southworth has joined the Raleigh Landscape Construction branch as estimator; and Bridgette Benoit returns to the company as Controller. Read more>

WynneWynne to Creasorb
Creasorb, a division of Evonik, announces the appointment of John Wynne as business development manager - horticulture. Read more>



Fides OroStyer and Born to Fides Oro
Dr. Roger Styer has been named technical sales support, and Judy Born has been named sales support representative for Fides Oro, Santa Paula, Calif. Styer previously worked for Ball Seed and PanAmerican Seed; Born previously worked with Milner Greenhouse Ltd. and Northern Innovators Inc. Read more>

Dr. John A.A. ThompsonSuperthrive inventor turns 100
The Vitamin Institute’s Dr. John A.A. Thompson, inventor of Superthrive, will celebrate his 100th birthday November 23. Read more>


Hot Products

Sedum ‘Elsie’s Gold’Sedum ‘Elsie’s Gold’
Now available through PlantHaven, Sedum ‘Elsie’s Gold’ forms a spectacular bushy mound of serrated, succulent green leaves edged with golden-yellow that turns to cream in autumn. Midsummer blooms boast small, star-shaped flowers, which emerge a pale pink and age to a rich magenta. Read more>

IntuiTraceIrrigation mapping software
IntuiTrace, a state-of-the-art mobile irrigation mapping tool from Juniper Systems, generates and stores accurate graphical as-built documentation by using advanced GIS and GPS technology, creating new revenue opportunities and providing substantial cost savings for landscape professionals. In addition to its economic advantages, IntuiTrace also features a simple, easy-to-use interface that proves valuable for large and diverse landscape crews. Designed specifically for use on a rugged handheld computer, IntuiTrace is compatible with the Juniper Systems Mesa Geo Rugged Notepad and Archer XF101. The Mesa Geo features a fully integrated 2–5 meter accuracy GPS receiver, digital camera, 16-hour battery runtime, and Windows Mobile® operating system. Read more>

Screen DuoHeat protection for plants
Heat, light and water stress can be controlled with Screen Duo from Certis USA. When applied, Screen Duo forms a reflective barrier film to protect the plant tissue from damaging UV and IR light to reduce the overall temperature of the plant. In addition, Screen Duo contains a naturally occurring compound found in all crops that triggers the innate stress mechanism to protect the plant from abiotic stress from within. Use of Screen Duo reduces plant transpiration and improves soil moisture status by as much as 25 percent. Crops treated with Screen Duo are cooler, and cooler crops use less water. Read more>

Vectorworks 2012Vectorworks 2012 software
Nemetschek Vectorworks Inc. announces the availability of the 2012 version of its award-winning Vectorworks® line of design software, including: Vectorworks Designer, Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Fundamentals and Renderworks®. The powerful enhancements found in the Vectorworks 2012 products will save designers time and increase their productivity. The software’s intuitive interface allows users to easily conceptualize their designs, while innovative, flexible tools let them document their plans and easily collaborate with best-in-class open BIM workflows. Read more>

SWB 26/8 Walk-Behind battery-powered sweeperBattery-powered sweeper
Tornado introduces the SWB 26/8 Walk-Behind battery-powered sweeper that sweeps hard-surface floors. In any application were a wide-area corded vacuum isn’t practical, the SWB 26/8 Walk-Behind Battery Sweeper is faster and quieter. With a 26”wide cleaning path and easy maneuverability, the SWB 26/8 picks up all types of debris; even hard-to-pick-up items such as sand, packaging material, tags and clips. Read more>

Lebanon Seaboard CorpSpecialty fertilizers
Lebanon Seaboard Corp. has extended its GreenView with GreenSmart fertilizer line to include seven specialty plant fertilizers. The new GreenView Small Plant Food with GreenSmart line comprises All-Purpose Plant Food; Tomato & Vegetable Food; Rose Food; Flower & Bulb Food; Azalea, Camellia & Rhododendron Food; Citrus & Avocado Food; and Palm Food. Read more>

iPad and iPhone appiPad and iPhone app
If you’ve got young ’uns, introduce them to the world of landscape tractors with Tony Tigre, the iPad and iPhone app from Italian manufacturer Antonio Carrara. Read more here and here.


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Upcoming event
Sept. 30, Oct. 1
MTNA Trade Show
McMinnville Civic Center
McMinnville, Tenn.
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Weatherproofing Your Landscape: A Homeowner’s Guide to Protecting and Rescuing Your PlantsBuy this book!
It’s been a brutal year in the weather department, ranging from record snows to record heat and wildfires, to record flooding. What better way to prepare yourself, your clients and their landscapes than with Weatherproofing Your Landscape: A Homeowner’s Guide to Protecting and Rescuing Your Plants by Sandra Dark and Dean Hill. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel said this book is “A necessary resource for professionals, universities, botanical gardens, horticultural clubs, and anyone interested in saving their landscape from the increasing danger of threats from fire, wind, and flood.” Weatherproofing Your Landscape provides the practical information you need to strengthen precious and valuable trees and shrubs, remove those that can’t be saved, and promptly restore what has been damaged. Every part of the country is vulnerable to any combination of volatile weather events. Weatherproofing Your Landscape supplies the answers on how to prepare, manage, and recover your valuable landscape, including tips on what you can accomplish during a storm to minimize damage. Read more>

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