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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 June issue.

Climate change affects plant sizeClimate change affects plant size
Scientists in Nevada believe they’ve determined that a warming climate has caused annual flowering plants in the state’s Great Basin to decrease in size. Studying 100 years of samples, plant ecologist Beth Leger and four graduate students found that plants have been shrinking over time. Air temperature minimums and maximums, sea surface temperatures and precipitation were considered in the study. Of the 1,900 samples of seven species analyzed, one species appeared to increase in size and flower number. However, five of the species decreased in plant height; four of these decreased in leaf size; and one species also decreased in flower production. One species showed no change. Read more here and here.

North American Bee Care FacilityBayer builds Bee Care facility
Bayer CropScience has just broken ground on its state-of-the-art North American Bee Care Facility in Research Triangle Park, N.C. The Bee Care Center, a hub to promote worldwide bee health initiatives, will serve to support scientific research and help educate stakeholders and the general public about the importance of honey bees to agriculture by providing pollination of crops that help meet the growing global demand for a nutritious and abundant food supply. In order to address food challenge issues, the Center will bring together significant technological, scientific and academic resources to protect and improve honeybee health and sustainable agriculture. Read more here and here.

Magicicada PreserveOkay, you deal with ’em
While the trill of cicadas deafens citizens along the East Coast, a few folks are thrilled to see their emergence this year. At the Magicicada Preserve in Hamden, Conn., scientists from the Cicada Molecular Systematics Lab at the University of Connecticut are using modern technology—not just their battered eardrums—to establish the exact locations of Magicicada septendecim populations. So far, they’ve located 10,000 sites using GIS-GPS, and you can bet they’ll find more. You can follow their progress at www.magicicada.org. (Photo courtesy of Jon Yuschock; Bugwood.org) Read more>

Ancient Tree ArchiveAncient Tree greenhouse project announced
The non-profit Archangel Ancient Tree Archive needs to build a new greenhouse at its Copemish, Mich., facility, and you can help. The organization is looking for donors to underwrite the replacement of current facilities—a converted potato warehouse built in 1968—with an energy-efficient structure. (For more information on Archangel, see “Propagate, Archive, Reforest” in the April 2011 issue of American Nurseryman.) Read more>

MudMonstersMudMonsters has new ownership
Albuquerque-based Mud Monsters Pond and Landscape Supply has been sold to Randy Kindrick, who has been managing Mud Monsters for the past four years and acquired the business from Savio Engineering owners Keith and Valerie Steele. Mud Monsters operates as a national wholesale and contractor supplier, specializing in water features and hardscapes and offering products that range from floating landscapes and fountains to koi, goldfish and backyard fire features. Read more>

Bill Moore & CoBill Moore & Co. joins Dümmen USA broker network
Young plant broker Bill Moore & Co. has added the Dümmen line of plants to its offerings, expanding the company’s current line of poinsettias, geraniums and other bedding plants. The broker currently offers Ecke, Oglevee, Fides and Oro Farms’ genetics. Read more>

Garden Centers of AmericaNominate your bathroom!
You read that right: Garden Centers of America is looking for the best garden center bathroom in the country. The group’s Best Garden Center Bathroom Awards, now in their third year, recognize IGC retailers whose restrooms contribute to the store’s favorable shopping experience. And we know just how important clean, convenient restrooms are to eager shoppers. If you think your facilities have what it takes to win, take the plunge and enter today! Read more>

Geranium ‘Rozanne’Geranium ‘Rozanne’ named Plant of the Centenary
The Royal Horticultural Society has named ‘Rozanne’ geranium “Plant of the Centenary,” an honor created to celebrate the RHS Chelsea Flower Show’s 100th anniversary. Ten plants were selected by RHS experts to represent each of the show’s 10 decades; the winner was voted on by the public. ‘Rozanne’ previously had been named Perennial Plant of the Year in 2008 by the Perennial Plant Association. Read more>

‘Soft Caress’ mahonia‘Soft Caress’ mahonia named Plant of the Year
In more Chelsea Flower Show news, Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’, bred by ItSaul Plants, was named 2013 Plant of the Year. ‘Soft Caress’ is a distinctly different mahonia with soft, feathery leaves and no spines, and is perfect for containers on porches or shady landscapes. In early winter, bright-yellow flowers stand atop the slender, bamboo-like foliage like fingers of light. ‘Soft Caress’ has become an indispensable foundation plant for partial to full shade landscapes. Read more>

Princess Caroline napier grassPrincess Caroline napier grass named Texas Superstar
A tri-specific Pennisetum hybrid named Princess Caroline has been named a Texas Superstar by Texas AgriLife Research. Bearing purple foliage and growing 4 to 6 feet tall, the plant comes from Pennisetum purpureum, P. glaucum and P. squamulatum, and is a result of work at a University of Georgia breeding program. To be designated a Texas Superstar, a plant must not just be beautiful but also perform well for consumers and growers throughout Texas. Superstars must also be easy to propagate, which should ensure the plants are not only widely available throughout Texas, but also reasonably priced. Read more>


Tom LinnenJan CastanzaDow promotes two
Tom Linnen has been named marketing leader for the U.S. Turf & Ornamental business division of Dow AgroSciences; he joined the company in 1988. Jan Castanza has been named sales representative for the division’s Western Florida territory; he has been with the company since 1973. Read more>

Gerry DocksteaderDocksteader joins Master Nursery
Gerry Docksteader has joined Master Nursery Garden Centers as VP of Operations. Docksteader previously was Director of Sales at Glenn Walters Nursery and VP of Sales at Star Roses and Plants. Read more>


Amy EldridgeEldridge joins CENTS
Amy Eldridge has joined the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association as CENTS manager, where she’ll develop and manage strategies to provide top-flight exhibitor and attendee experiences. Read more>


Justin HancockHancock joins Costa Farms
Justin Hancock has joined Costa Farms as consumer marketing and digital specialist; he previously served as digital content manager and garden editor for Better Homes and Gardens. Read more>


Abhay ThosarThosar joins Philips Lighting
Abhay Thosar has joined Philips Lighting as a plant specialist for horticultural LED lighting with a focus on plant physiology; he’ll be responsible for development of new light recipes. Read more>

Hot Products

Dow Dimension® 2EW herbicideDow adds 90 cultivars to Dimension® 2EW herbicide label
More than 90 ornamental cultivars have been added to the label for DIMENSION® 2EW specialty herbicide, bringing the total list of tolerant ornamentals to 444. Additions include: European white birch, blood grass, chrysanthemum, saucer magnolia, tree philodendron, groundcover rose, Japanese wisteria and several different varieties of palm. Also added to the label under weeds controlled are dandelion, sowthistle and willowherb. DIMENSION 2EW can be applied to landscape and field- and container-grown ornamentals, controlling both grassy and broadleaf weeds without harming desirable plants. It also can be used on established warm- and cool-season lawns; golf course fairways, roughs and tees; commercial sod farms; and noncrop and industrial sites. Read more>

Empress Intrinsic fungicideEmpress™ Intrinsic™ fungicide
BASF has launched Empress™ Intrinsic™ brand fungicide, a drench product for soil-borne diseases with added plant health benefits. Empress Intrinsic brand fungicide, with the active ingredient pyraclostrobin, provides protection against four root and crown disease pathogens—fusarium, phytophthora, pythium and rhizoctonia. Additionally, research shows Intrinsic brand fungicides control disease and give plants resilience to stresses that can occur during production. Labeled use sites include greenhouses, lathhouses and shadehouses, interiorscapes, outdoor nurseries (field and container) and retail nurseries. Read more here and here.

Siesta InsecticideSiesta™ Insecticide for fire ants
Busy these days! BASF also has introduced Siesta™ Insecticide Fire Ant Bait with the proprietary active ingredient metaflumizone that delivers fast and long lasting control of native and imported fire ants. Metaflumizone is formulated on corn grit along with soybean oil, a proven attractant bait for native and imported fire ants. For optimal results, the product should be applied as a broadcast treatment so foraging ants and hidden or unnoticed mounds receive coverage. The product is labeled for use on golf courses, residential turfgrass and ornamental landscapes, production field and container nurseries, commercial and industrial areas, and recreational areas. For a full listing of use sites, consult the product label. Read more here and here.

Plastic fan nozzlePlastic fan nozzle
Dramm introduces a new nozzle to the horticulture industry: The Plastic Commercial Fan Nozzle has a corrosion-proof head, creating a precise and gentle water pattern that won’t harm delicate plants and seedlings. The new nozzle is made from high-impact plastic, easily attaches to any hose and hose attachment and is available in bright blue for visibility. Read more>

ML3 moisture and temp probeML3 moisture and temp probe
With its 1 percent accuracy, the new ML3 ThetaProbe from Dynamax continues to set the standard for soil moisture measurement but now also measures soil temperature. The ML3 ThetaProbe Soil Moisture Sensor makes it easy to take reliable, accurate soil moisture measurements. Simply insert the soil moisture probe into the soil, connect to your data logger or readout unit, provide 5 to 15 volts DC at 20mA, and within seconds you can be logging soil moisture. Read more>

Aquascape Inc. water clarifierWater clarifier receives EPA registration
Aquascape Inc. has announced EPA registration of its 2013 IonGen™, the company’s electronic water clarifier for use in ornamental ponds and waterfalls. The IonGen effectively kills algae without the use of traditional liquid chemicals and is designed with a microprocessor that sends a signal to its probe. The probe then produces ions to help control algae throughout the entire water feature. The IonGen drastically reduces pond maintenance requirements; helps to eliminate unsightly algae without the use of liquid chemicals; is simple to install and is compatible with water containing fish and plants; and is energy efficient. Read more>

SnowEx Tractor-mounted drop spreadersTractor-mounted drop spreaders
SnowEx introduces two new tractor-mounted Drop Pro spreaders for controlled application of bagged ice melters and bulk rock salt. Featuring precise, gate-free operation, the units are ideal for use on sidewalks, campus parking lots, parking structures and other off-road applications. Model SD-600 has a 6-cubic-foot capacity with a 36-inch spread width, and model SD-1400 has a 14-cubic-foot capacity with a 48-inch spread width. Both units include a polyethylene hopper and variable-speed auger feed system, which is run by a self-diagnosing digital controller. They offer a wide range of material application rates to help operators minimize material waste. The units are compatible with Category-1, 3-point hitches. Model SD-600 is also offered with an optional receiver hitch or utility bed mount. Read more>

TruSouth Oil TruFuelTruFuel pre-mixed fuel
TruSouth Oil offers TruFuel, pre-mixed, engineered fuels for two- and four-stroke small displacement engines. Engineered with premium, high-octane, ethanol-free fuel and mixed with the highest quality synthetic oil, TruFuel dramatically increases reliability and performance in both types of engines. Because it is ethanol free, the product prevents the corrosion and build-up issues that plague users of pump gas for their fuel or premix, ensuring peak performance, and protecting your investment on power equipment. Read more>

Echo Inc.PowerFuel pre-mixed fuel
Echo Inc. has introduced PowerFuel, the first pre-mixed gas/oil product to use the company’s popular Red Armor Oil. PowerFuel contains 93 octane gas and oil that’s ready-to-use right out of the can—there is no need to measure or mix oil. It contains no ethanol and is specifically developed at a 50:1 ratio and is the only pre-mixed fuel that uses ECHO Red Armor Oil™. ECHO PowerFuel is recommended for use in all air-cooled, 2-stroke engines. Read more>

ShoeIn slip-on overshoeSlip-on overshoe
The ShoeIn, available from the Weinbrenner Shoe Co., is a patented, lightweight slip-on overshoe that can easily be put on or taken off without bending over. It is designed for indoor or outdoor use, with a variety of configurations available: open-toe, closed-toe, studded (Ice-Ts) for ice traction and steel-toe for temporary toe protection. Each style offers different amounts of traction and protection. The patented gripper teeth design provides hands-free use. The molded EVA overshoes fit either foot and most shoes and boots up to size 16. Read more>

Finally: A good omen

Heron family

Upcoming event
What: GCA Summer Tour
When: June 23 to 26
Where: Various locations in Ohio
Sponsors: Garden Centers of America
For more>

Flowers in the World’s Most Beautiful GardensBuy this book!
Need something to give a friend? Stock in the garden center? Or just something for a little inspiration? Flowers in the World’s Most Beautiful Gardens puts the spotlight on the star of the garden—the flower. Tracing the history of flower gardens from the Middle Ages to today, the book discusses the types of flowers commonly planted, the landscape designs, the advances in technology, and how these practices have changed throughout the centuries. Each chapter also focuses on a significant type of bloom—the rose, iris, and tulip, among others. Illustrated with more than 180 exquisite photographs by Alain Le Toquin, this book features the world’s most extraordinary flower gardens, showcasing gardens in countries such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, New Zealand, Russia, the United States, Thailand, and many more. Read more>

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