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From the editors of American Nurseryman • August 1, 2013

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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 July issue.

Housing startsHousing starts down slightly
Housing starts dipped unexpectedly in June, falling to the lowest level in 10 months and down nearly 10 percent from the revised numbers from May, according to figures from the U.S. Commerce Department. The decrease was caused primarily by a dramatic 26.2 percent plunge in multifamily construction. This follows a report that sales had increased, leading homebuilders to declare their highest level of optimism in the market in seven years. Housing prices have increased in several metro areas despite the rise in mortgage rates. Anyone dizzy yet? Read more>

The Dramm Corp familyDRAMM announces new family ownership
The Dramm Corp. announces a planned succession in family ownership, with the transfer of company leadership to son Hans Dramm and daughter Heidi Dramm Becker. Hans has been named CEO, and will continue his responsibilities as CFO as well as a member of the Board of Directors. Heidi has been named EVP; she’ll be responsible for corporate identity and communications, and continues to serve on the Board as well. Son-in-law Kurt Becker also has been named EVP; he’ll continue his responsibilities as Director of Commercial Sales and Marketing and will maintain his seat on the Board. Read more>

ONLA's Nursery Stock SelectEasy access to Ohio nursery stock
Looking for stock in Ohio? The Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association has the answer. Nursery Stock Select is the group’s newly developed website, designed to help you locate the stock you need—at the click of a mouse. Inventories from Ohio growers are updated on a regular basis, and results can be located by plant name, grower’s name or region. Read more>

Barbados nutMake the desert bloom
Scientists looking for ways to mitigate climate change via carbon sequestration—stay with us here—have discovered that nature actually does a good job and with a little help, “carbon farming” could be just the ticket. German researchers suggest that the Jatropha curcas tree, which is highly resistant to aridity, could be planted en masse in desert areas, where a 1-hectare planting could conceivably capture up to 25 tonnes of atmospheric carbon dioxide per year over a 20-year period. It’s worth a try, isn’t it? (Photo courtesy of Sekh Sayantan, Burdwan Eco Garden; Read more>

MANTSMANTS changes 2015 dates
Just to be clear: This is for 2015 only. Due to a scheduling conflict with the North Carolina-based Green & Growin’ Show, MANTS has changed its 2015 dates: The show will be held in Baltimore January 14 to 17. Green & Growin’ will run January 5 to 9 in Greensboro. Remember: Not this coming January, but the next one. Read more>

OFA’s Short CourseSold-out Short Course continues to grow
OFA’s Short Course, held last month in Columbus, Ohio, brought in more than 9,000 attendees and nearly 700 exhibiting companies. Says CEO Michael Geary, “The Short Course brings together the entire supply chain for education and market development. What’s unique about Short Course is that all segments of the industry—garden center retailers, greenhouse and nursery growers, interior and exterior landscapers, florists, students, educators, and industry suppliers—are together under one roof to grow their businesses and to expand our industry. We are stronger together than apart.” By all accounts, a resounding success. Next year’s show, however, is expected to grow considerably when a 50,000-square-foot exhibit hall will be added to showcase products and services for garden center retailers. Read more>

People News

Joe HobsonHobson named President and COO of Midwest Trading
Joe Hobson has been appointed President and COO of Midwest Trading Horticultural Supplies Inc. He has worked in leadership positions for some of the most well-known and respected landscaping firms in the Chicago area for more than two decades and served as president of the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association. Read more>

Dr. Charles KovalKoval named to WGIF Hall of Fame
Dr. Charles Koval has been selected to receive the Wisconsin Green Industry Federation’s 2013 Hall of Fame Award. Koval retired from the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Entomology in 1995. Read more>

Hot Products

Dianthus SupernovaDianthus Supernova
Dianthus Supernova (‘Tyrian’) from PlantHaven has elegant, Art Deco patterned blooms, cherry red with white-pink patterns and a deep cherry eye, carried on sturdy stems. The compact mounding habit of blue-green foliage measures 7 inches by 7 inches. No vernalization required for blooming. Flower stems are sturdy and do not flop. Plants are hardy, evergreen and wonderfully fragrant with a long flowering season. Attracts bees and butterflies. Excellent for containers, borders, mass landscape planting, or as cut flowers. Read more>

Pink SparklersAutumn annuals
The HGTV HOME Plant Collection is launching new Autumn Expressions Annuals and Light Bright Lantanas™ at participating retailers nationwide and in Canada this summer. The Autumn Expressions Annuals, which include combinations of calibrachoa, petunias and accent annuals, feature four mixes for fall: Harvest Punch™, Forever Fall™, Fall Fandango™ and Orange Bliss™ in autumn hues of crimson, purple, orange and gold. The Light Bright Lantanas™ feature drought-tolerant lantana varieties including Yellow Buzz™, White Glow™, Pink Sparklers™ and Light Bright Lantanas™ Mix, which combines the three varieties. Read more>

UpShoot virtual catalogUpShoot virtual catalog
UpShoot has launched its virtual catalog of LCN Selections plant introductions, presented in a format viewable on mobile phones, tablets, projectors and computers. The catalog is featured on the UpShoot home page (see link below), and its layout focuses on the sales theory that “Facts Tell, Benefits Sell.” Users can learn how to use LCN Selections at the click of a mouse. Read more>

ECHO’s CS-620PHigh-power chain saw
New for arborists—and those of you who bank on firewood sales—ECHO’s CS-620P, a 59.8 cc high power chain saw with 18-, 20-, 24- and 27-inch bar lengths. Includes an aluminum handle with rubber grip, a magnesium sprocket guard, dual bumper spikes, and a Performance Cutting System™; a companion model, the CS-620PW, features a wrap handle to give the user more options when felling a tree. The CS-620P and CS-620PW both use a decompression valve to greatly reduce the starting effort and a digital ignition system, which automatically adjusts engine timing for optimum performance. Other user-friendly features include: tool-less air filter cover, G-Force Engine Air Pre-cleaner™, two-piece air filter and see-through fuel tank. Read more>

TS95 walk-behind drop spreaderWalk-behind drop spreader
TurfEx has introduced its TS95 walk-behind drop spreader, featuring a corrosion-resistant polyethylene hopper with a 120-pound capacity. It is capable of spreading a variety of granular materials, including fertilizer, pesticide, herbicide and seed, in a 28-inch-wide pattern. The material flow rate is precisely controlled through an adjustable gate. Read more>

TR-701WTemperature data loggers
The TR-701 temperature data logger from TandD Corp. comes in two versions: The TR-701NW with integrated Ethernet and the TR-701AW with Wireless integrated 802.11b/g Wi-Fi. The new units will automatically “push” current readings and recorded data via ftp to a server of the customer’s choosing, or via email at a set interval or fixed time of day. The 700W Series has an internal web server for directly viewing current readings. The devices incorporate an email client for directly sending warning emails, without the need for a PC. In addition, the NEW 700W Series has a contact closure for triggering an external device in the event of an alarm condition. Both of these units have a temperature range of -40° to +110° C and can be expanded with an optional sensor with a range from -60° to +155° C. Read more>

Finally: EAB continues to attack

EAB continues to attack




Upcoming event
What: OFA Disease, Insect & Plant Growth Management Conference
When: Sept. 9 to 11
Where: Vancouver, B.C.
Sponsors: OFA—The Association of Horticulture Professionals; OHP; Novozymes
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