Welcome to 'Sprout,' American Nurseryman's e-newsletter published on the first and third Thursdays of each month. For even more, be sure to read our March issue.
IR-4 Project in jeopardy
IR-4 research, which has supported the registration and legal use of over half the crop protection tools now labeled for nursery and greenhouse use, is at risk of losing critical funding in the proposed federal 2013 budget. Many of these tools and technologies (traditional chemicals, biopesticides and other reduced-risk materials) have also been successfully labeled for use in managed landscapes. The IR-4 Project was established by Congress in 1963 to assist domestic growers of fruits, vegetables, herbs, nursery and greenhouse plants, and other specialty crops by facilitating through US EPA the registration of safe and effective technologies to protect these high value crops from insects, plant diseases, weeds and other pests. You can help forestall the loss of the important industry support by contacting your legislators. See the link below for details. Read more>
Armitage receives AHS top honor
Perennials expert and hort professor extraordinaire Allan Armitage has been named recipient of the American Horticultural Society’s top honor, the Liberty Hyde Bailey Award. Recipients of the association’s Great American Gardeners Awards include frequent American Nurseryman contributor Tomasz Anisko of Longwood Gardens, who received the B.Y. Morrison Communications Award; Frank Blazich, North Carolina State University, who received the Dr. H. Marc Cathey Award; and J. Frank Schmidt III, who received the Paul Ecke Jr. Commercial Award. For the complete list of recipients, click on the handy links below. Read more here and here.
Never guess again. ID Source, a nifty portal that’s the result of a collaboration between Colorado State University and the USDA Center for Plant Health Science and Technology, is a special collection of more than 1,500 identification-themed websites that cover plant pests, diseases and weeds. It includes a set of links to these “ID Aids,” plus a powerful search tool. These web-based ID Aids are selected, thoroughly reviewed and categorized so that users can search for them by pest name, commodity focus, geographic region and more. Read more>
You’d think it would be simple
It never is. Hand watering in the greenhouse and on the nursery property can be a real puzzle for some, so Dramm comes to the rescue with a nifty video, “Watering 101.” The almost-13-minute-video, featured on YouTube, demonstrates proper watering techniques as well as how to measure the amount of water a plant should receive. Sure would be a good lesson for Teen Boy at the local big box store, eh? See more>
Fall back, spring ahead
Still confused by the time change? Imagine how the folks in DC and Baltimore feel: A recent study has found that spring in the Mid-Atlantic region has been arriving earlier (and fall coming later), and it’s due to the area’s urban heat island. Dense infrastructure tends to trap heat in the summer and maintain it through the winter—which means the growing season is extended. We know from experience and heating bills that this applies to other metropolises. (Image courtesy of University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science) See more>
Project EverGreen installs new president, board
Mike Sisti, Weed Man USA, has been installed as president of Project EverGreen, along with board officers first vice president Bill Vogel, Spring Valley; secretary Tom Delaney, Professional LandCare Network; and treasurer Kirk Hunter. Read more>
Summers named scholarship fund EVP
Danny Summers has been appointed executive vice president of the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund, a 501(c)(3) corporation providing scholarships to students in 16 southeastern states—Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia—pursuing a career in horticulture. Read more>
Ruppert promotes Distasio
Scott Distasio has been promoted to the role of branch manager for the Baltimore landscape maintenance branch of Ruppert Landscape. Read more>
Intrinsic Perennial Gardens has introduced the fifth and sixth additions to the company’s cocktail series of Geum—G. ‘Banana Daiquiri’ PPAF (pictured) and G. ‘Cosmopolitan’ PPAF. ‘Banana Daiquiri’ is a fresh, lemony yellow color held on fuzzy green stems while ‘Cosmopolitan’ has a unique color combination of creamy white drenched in rose pink edges on single and semi-double flowers, all on burgundy red stems. These new selections start blooming in late April or May and continue around three to four weeks or more. The short clumping plants reach around 10 inches tall and wide with the stems reaching 18+ inches tall. Both are hardy in zones 4 to 9. Read more>
RootShield PLUS+ from BioWorks now provides preventive control of soilborne Phytophthora and improved control of hot-season Pythium (P. aphanidermatum) with the help of two active ingredients: Trichoderma harzianum strain T-22 and Trichoderma virens strain G-41. The new formula also controls Rhizoctonia, Fusarium, Pythium, Thielaviopsis and Cylindrocladium by inhibiting and actively attacking pathogens, ensuring uninterrupted plant growth. RootShield PLUS+ Granules has a 0-hour REI and a 0-day pre-harvest interval; the wettable powder formulation has a 0-hour REI when drenched into potted crops and potting media, 4-hour REI when used as a dip or dust, and a 0-day PHI. Read more>
Tourney fungicide from Valent helps defeat the toughest diseases in lawns and ornamental trees and shrubs. The product delivers control of more than 16 tough turf and ornamental diseases—including apple scab, rust diseases, powdery mildews, brown patch in turf and more—for up to 28 days. Low use rates allow you to do more with less, saving you money. It’s available as a foliar spray or soil drench for root and crown diseases, providing application flexibility. Read more>
A new generation of mid-sized, electric, pneumatic tire lift trucks has arrived with Cat’s 2EPC5000 – 2EP6500 Series, 5,000- to 6,500-pound capacity machines. Offering energy efficiency and performance, the new models come equipped with 3-phase AC technology, sealed wet-disk brakes, standard fingertip controls<0x2014>with enhanced operator comfort built in. Read more>
Mulching head attachment
The Carbide Cutter G3 mulching head attachment for skid steers (from Loftness) is available in 51-, 61- and 71-inch cutting widths; all models are offered with a variety of carbide-tipped and heat-treated steel teeth. A two-stage cutting chamber with staggered counter teeth and a shear bar produces small particle sizes, while eliminating the jamming and wrapping issues associated with competitive products. An optional primary-stage shear bar is also available for ultra-fine mulching. Read more>
Alkaline and acid cleaners
BioSafe Systems introduces GreenClean cleaners, with formulations designed for acid and alkaline sanitation. The cleaners lift away organic mineral deposits and clean contaminated surfaces, and are safe for use in greenhouses. The GreenClean Acid Cleaner removes stubborn calcium and rust deposits and is ideal for wherever scale, oxide, or lime buildup is an issue. The GreenClean Alkaline Cleaner eradicates grease and dirt and is effective against most water- or oil-saturated soils. Read more>
Garden design iPhone app
He’s hip, he’s handsome, and now he’s available on your iPhone. Jamie Durie, that hort hunk from Down Under, has a new app exclusively for the iPhone. Featuring Durie’s garden designs and plants from Monrovia, the app helps you select and source the right plant, receive tips of the week—and it’s loaded with pictures of gorgeous gardens that Durie selects and critiques. You can even “share” gardens for other users to rate. Read more>
Gardener’s Hollow Leg Jr.
Okay, we’ll admit it. The name gave us pause, until we saw the photo. Phew! This handy fabric bag allows gardeners to pick veggies, weeds, posies—virtually anything—hands free. It comes with its own belt and a convenient side pocket for pruners or shears. And if you’ve got a bumper crop to gather, there’s a larger version. Read more>
Finally: Spring has sprung!