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 February issue.
Cracking the invasiveness code
Researchers at Oregon State University may have deciphered how a plant becomes invasive—at the genetic level. They assembled what’s called the transcriptome (basically, the collection of a cell’s recipe for making proteins) for the noxious weed Brachypodium sylvaticum. This can provide the genetic tool to help study how an invasive species can spread into new areas. (Photo courtesy of Joseph M. DiTomaso, University of California – Davis; Bugwood.org) Read more>
Proven Winners® debuts shrub ad campaign
Proven Winners® Color Choice® has launched a national consumer campaign to highlight 10 “heavy-hitting” shrub varieties. This spring and summer, ads will appear in Better Homes and Gardens, Southern Living, Sunset, HGTV Magazine and Martha Steward Living. You can see them, too, on the company’s home page. Read more here and here.
NE Grows beats the storm
More than 11,000 attendees walked the aisles of New England Grows in early February despite the threat of winter storm Nemo, which dumped more than 2 feet of snow on the Boston area and forced cancellation of the third day of the show. And at a time when many events are shrinking, New England Grows saw a nearly 20% increase in exhibitors, with 550 companies represented, nearly 100 of which were new to the show this year. Next year’s show is scheduled for Feb. 5 to 7. Read more>
Earth & Turf intros Dutch line of products
Earth & Turf Products LLC will assist Netherlands-based Metallo Tools to introduce the company’s range of cutting and pruning tools to the U.S. The Metallo range consists of a complete package of cutting and pruning tools for the professional. Metallo is already an internationally respected Dutch brand, with production facilities in Europe and Asia. Read more>
Ball Hort releases sustainability report
“Longevity,” the 2013 Ball Horticulture Sustainability Report, has been released as an online document. Divided into three sections—sustainable buildings, supply chain and social and environmental stewardship—the 30-page report highlights the company’s vision for a “long and healthy future.” Read more>
Bandit upgrades stump grinders
After learning of three isolated cutter wheel shaft failures on their Model 2250XP hydrostatic stump grinders, Bandit Industries has developed a patent-pending update. The new upgrade provides additional strength and support to the cutter wheel and shaft, providing an extra measure of containment over and above federally mandated requirements in the event of a potential component failure. Read more>
HRI to grant $21K in scholarships
Know a worthy hort student? Steer him or her to the Horticultural Research Institute to apply for one of seven named scholarships. The HRI Endowment Fund is ready to grant $21,000 in funds for 2013. Applications must be completed using the online HRI form, and the deadline is May 31. Read more>
Sidney B. Meadows scholarships available
Applications for the Sidney B. Meadows scholarships for Southeastern students will be accepted through May 31; the fund this year expects to grant at least 12 $1,500 scholarships. Read more>
Chaille joins Rancho Tissue Technologies
Lee Charles Chaille has joined Rancho Tissue Technologies as production manager; he previously served as lab manager and commercial producer for Hawaii Biotech Tissue Culture Center. Read more>
INCOTEC appoints North American staff
Integrated Coating and Seed Technology Inc. (INCOTEC) has announced the following staff changes to its North American operations: David A. Pickenpaugh has been named CEO, INCOTEC North America; he will continue in management and will grow new business for the organization. Mac Keely is President and General Manager of INCOTEC’s Vegetable and Ornamental Business division. Dr. Natarajan Balachander is President and General Manager of INCOTEC Field Crops North America. Read more>
Perennials from Jelitto
The folks at Jelitto Perennial Seeds have introduced several new varieties for 2013, including Lewisia longipetala ‘Little Tutti Frutti’ (pictured); Salvia scabra ‘Good Hope’ and Veronica orchidea ‘Blue Fingers’. ‘Little Tutti Frutti’ contains a balanced mix of colors that includes white, magenta, pink-red and orange, plus plum, peach and mango; it blooms from May through mid-June, then again in September. ‘Good Hope’ is a long-flowering variety, with continuous tubular-shaped, clear, light pink blooms that last from May until frost. ‘Blue Fingers’ offers short, sturdy flowering spikes with brilliant, medium-blue, slightly twisting petals, and is first-year flowering from seed. Read more here and here.
Colocasia Royal Hawaiian® ‘Kona Coffee’
‘Kona Coffee’ colocasia from PlantHaven is a compact plant, reaching only about 2 to 3 feet in a tight clump. Its glossy, slightly cupped, dark chocolate-mahogany foliage is held aloft on dark stems and gives the garden a dramatic tropical punch. It loves moist soil—keep it next to the downspout where other plants are easily inundated—in full sun to part shade. Hardy in zones 7b to 11.
Emitters for dense soils
No offense, but is your soil dense? Then you need Netafim Techline emitters, featuring low flow rates for optimal water absorption in those difficult conditions. Flow rates for the line (Techline, Techline CV, Techline RW and Techline EZ) include 0.26, 0.4, 0.6 and 0.9 gph. Installing Techline with a 0.26 gph flow rate allows the irrigation to percolate through the clay slowly and efficiently for distribution out to the root zones, resulting in more precise coverage and less waste. Read more>
E-Max Release Technology™
Everris has introduced E-Max Technology™, a proprietary coating chemistry for use on a wide variety of nutrient components that are incorporated into controlled release fertilizer products. According to Chris Buchheit, marketing manager for Everris’ ornamental horticulture products, E-Max will help Osmocote® and the company’s other existing brands deliver even better performance and value. E-Max Release Technology is a durable, cutting-edge, reacted polymer coating for use on a variety of essential macro- and micronutrients. Read more>
Quali-Pro, a division of Control Solutions Inc., introduces ENCLAVE™ fungicide with Quad-Control Technology, which offers turf managers and horticulturists a superior level of disease control through multiple modes of action. ENCLAVE’s synergistic formulation prevents and controls disease through multi-site activity that prevents diseases both at the point of contact and systemically in the plant. ENCLAVE has been formulated to eliminate disease pathogens ranging from anthracnose to brown patch to snow mold on turf to a broad range of ornamental diseases, including powdery mildew, black spot on roses, and blight. Read more>
Truck & trailer hardware
A complete line of truck and trailer hardware necessary to build or upfit work trucks and utility trailers is available from Buyers Products. You can find protective hardware (guards, screens, etc.); hitch and towing hardware; securing hardware; ramp plates and tailgate assists, and all manner of miscellaneous goodies like hinges, springs, door props and more. Read more>
Finally: Erin go bragh!