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From the editors of American Nurseryman • August 19, 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 August issue.

Bee BeardEPA issues new labels to protect pollinators
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed new pesticide labels that prohibit the use of some neonicotinoids where bees and other pollinators are present. The new labels will have a bee advisory box and icon with info on routes of exposure and spray drift precautions. The move affects products containing the neonicotinoids imidacloprid, dinotefuran, clothianidin and thiamethoxam, and the agency will work with pesticide manufacturers to change labels and assure compliance. Read more>

PANTS 2014PANTS shows impressive growth
This year’s PANTS event brought in 30 percent more attendees than last year, owing in part to the show’s move to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Attendance reflected a wider reach than that seen in past shows, with New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania leading the way. New England and Mid-Atlantic states also were well represented. Read more>

America in BloomBioSafe Systems sponsors AIB
BioSafe Systems has announced it is a 2013 sponsor of America in Bloom and will be presenting the group’s award for “Most Efficient Water Management Program” at AIB’s Symposium and Awards Program, to be held at FNGLA’s The Landscape Show next month in Orlando. “Having this opportunity to present the ‘Water Management’ award is very gratifying,” said Rob Larose, CEO of BioSafe Systems. “We believe it is important to have clean, algae-free waters for people to use because lakes and ponds are vital to a community’s ability to enjoy and use one of Earth’s natural resources.” Read more here and here.

Armstrong Bottle Pack AssemblyArmstrong honored by McConkey
McConkey, a leading manufacturer and distributor of horticultural goods, has inducted Armstrong Garden Centers and its affiliated company, Armstrong Growers, into the company’s Million Bottle Club, a part of McConkey’s rEarth program. Partnering with McConkey since 2010, Armstrong Growers has saved more than nine million water bottles from landfills, streets and waterways to help grow their flowers and vegetables. All Armstrong Garden Centers’ colorpacks are made from 100 percent recycled bottles in all packs distributed from its three local growing facilities. Read more>

woodpeckers eat EABEAB finds a foe
Yum! No, we’re not suggesting that emerald ash borer be added to the growing list of insects on exotic menus (although that’s not a bad thought… ). It turns out, though, that the devastating little beast is a delectable snack for woodpeckers. Researchers from Cornell and the U.S. Forest Service report that citizen scientists—(over)dedicated bird watchers all—studied bird populations near Detroit, the Ground Zero of EAB invasion in the U.S. What they found was that relative numbers of woodpeckers and nuthatches increased in abundance between the time EAB was first detected in 2002 and 2011. Downy woodpecker numbers declined initially, then rebounded relative to control sites. So the next time you hear a woodpecker banging away at your tree, you might thank it for helping to rid the landscape of emerald ash borer. Then call an arborist. (Photo courtesy of David Cappaert, Michigan State University; Read more>

Web news

Floriculture InfoSearchFloriculture InfoSearch—research made easy
The American Floral Endowment and North Carolina State University have teamed to launch Floriculture InfoSearch, a powerful but focused search engine designed to offer floriculture information from scientific literature, trade and association magazines/websites, NC State University and the American Floral Endowment Floriculture Archive, a repository of literature dating back to the 1800s. And by “floriculture,” we mean ornamental horticulture. It’s simple to use: Just type in a key word or question, then click. Or you can customize your search by selecting “all” to search all sources, “scientific journals,” “trade publications,” “NCSU” or “AFE Archive.” Check it out. Read more>

Morgan OlsonMorgan Olson
Looking for a walk-in van to help deliver your inventory? Check out Morgan Olson’s new website at You’ll find improved navigation tools to help you find the perfect vehicle for your needs, plus a “build my truck” feature—and who doesn’t want to build their own truck? Read more>

ANLA Rose rosette diseaseRose rosette disease answers
The American Nursery & Landscape Association has devoted a comprehensive section of its Knowledge Center to rose rosette disease, the nasty plague that’s besieging roses across the country. The site is packed with information, including a four-part webinar and links to additional resources. (And check out the Knowledge Center for outstanding perspective on other pressing industry issues. It’s one of the perks of membership.) Read more>


Ryan EichhornEichhorn joins Buyers
Ryan Eichhorn has joined Buyers Products as national sales manager for the company’s lighting division, where he’ll be responsible for overall sales and development of the lighting categories across all customer bases and channels. Read more>

Elizabeth LambLamb earns Cornell’s Excellence in IPM Award
New York State IPM ornamentals coordinator Elizabeth Lamb has received Cornell University’s Excellence in IPM award for her outstanding work as pest management advocate. As ornamentals coordinator, Lamb has conducted scores of workshops for 2,000+ nursery and greenhouse growers, Christmas tree farmers and landscape professionals in the state. Read more>


Gary HartnettGary Hartnett
Gary Hartnett, 58, production leader for Skagit Gardens, passed away July 30 in Mt. Vernon, Wash. Read more>


Hot Products

Mariposa VioletEssential Perennials™
The new Essential Perennials™ line from the HGTV HOME™ Plant Collection covers the spectrum of popular perennials with more varieties ranging from coreopsis and sedum to salvia and dianthus. HGTV worked with Agricola Management Group to develop the line; plants were selected for hardiness, color, growth habits and appeal to home gardeners. The new perennial varieties include achillea, agapanthus, agastache, brunnera, coreopsis, dianthus, dicentra, echinacea, erysimum, euphorbia, festuca, gaura, helenium, hellebores, heuchera, heucherella, kniphofia, lavandula, leucanthemum, nepeta, penstemon, perovskia, phlox, salvia, scabiosa, sedum, stachys and veronica. Many of the varieties feature multiple color options. Essential Perennials are available in a 2.5 quart, true gallon and a trade 2 gallon. Read more>

Growers Supply’s Aquaponics SystemsAquaponics system
Growing veggies? Breeding koi? Then check out Growers Supply’s Aquaponics Systems, designed to help you produce high-quality vegetables and fish through the process of combining a hydroponic-growing system with a fish-producing aquaculture tank. It’s true. All systems are composed of tanks, pumps and filters needed to support the production of natural, pesticide-free products including lettuce, microgreens and vegetables. In addition, when used in a greenhouse setting, these systems are designed to produce year-round, making them an ideal option for operations that require product throughout the year. Read more>

innovative plant traysPlant trays
T.O. Plastics has partnered with the inventor of Plant Pie to launch two new, innovative plant trays that leverage the success of the original Plant Pie™ growing system to provide more options for greenhouse wholesalers, garden centers and landscapers. The new 11-inch Plant Loaf is designed for easy planting of window boxes and rectangular planters. The new Muffin Tray, measuring 11 inches by 21 inches with eight, 4-inch muffin cells, enables larger plant groupings. The new Plant Loaf and Muffin Tray feature the same revolutionary design as the original Plant Pie, with an innovative drainage system that pushes the plant’s roots to grow laterally to fill the container. This results in plants with much healthier root systems, that have a long shelf life and that are easy to grow, handle and ship. Read more here and here.

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