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From the editors of American Nurseryman • October 17, 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 September issue.

New PlantsShow us your best!
It’s new plants time! American Nurseryman is gathering the most exciting new plants for 2014 to showcase in our annual New Plant Introductions issue, and we want to see what you’ve got. You know the drill: The plant(s) you submit must truly be new to the market, and we’ll need a completed submission form, plus a high-res jpg of your fabulous new plant(s). You want your work to stand out, don’t you? The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 1, so click here for a quick link — http://bit.ly/16CsdlO — or click below for more information. And don’t forget: It’s free! Read more>

Landscapes Give BackASLA sues over SITES trademarks
The American Society of Landscape Architects, a partner in the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) along with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin and the U.S. Botanic Garden, has filed a legal challenge to a claim of sole ownership of the SITES trademarks. A dispute over the trademarks developed earlier this year when the University of Texas filed applications for registration in the name of the University’s Board of Regents, effectively claiming exclusive domain. Despite negotiations, the University has declined to withdraw its trademark filings—thus the challenge by ASLA. Read more>

Western Integrated Pest Management CenterIPM grant dollars available
Got an IPM research project you’re eager to launch? About $200,000 is being made available by the Western Integrated Pest Management Center to address pest management problems and to develop new IPM resources. The primary project director must be in the Western Region, but collaborators may be from outside the region. (The Western Region is Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.) This year, grant dollars are available in four categories: Project Initiation Grants; Work Group Grants; Outreach and Implementation Grants; and IPM Planning Documents. Up to $30,000 for one-year projects are available in the first three categories, with $15,000 available for planning documents like Pest Management Strategic Plans and IPM practice surveys and evaluations. Read more>

“Back to Eden”How to sell more plants
“Painting” with plants is not necessarily new, but this installation will knock your socks off. Mounted in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich., by horticulturist Dave MacKenzie (president of Hortech in Spring Lake, Mich.), “Back to Eden” stands 11 feet tall, spans 130 feet and incorporates 2,500 plants in 1,400 square feet of living art. It’s quite lovely during the day, but special lighting makes the wall stand out at night. MacKenzie’s work was voted among the top 25 in ArtPrize, an international art competition. Read more>

Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss AssociationCanadian peat supplies low
Supplies of peat moss are reported to be “considerably below average” this year in the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, according to the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association. A late and interrupted start to the harvest season, combined with a wet late summer, has significantly restricted production. The Prairie Provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta report mixed harvests, with Alberta experiencing “below average to well-below average” and the others reporting average harvests. On the other hand, production has been at or slightly above expectations in Quebec’s North Shore. Read more>

Arabidopsis thalianaNo, we’re not talking about laughing gas
The formation of lateral roots can be controlled in many ways, and nitric oxide long has been known to help regulate such development. But scientists in Mexico have discovered that timing is everything. Researchers treated Arabidopsis thaliana with a nitric oxide donor and examined the resulting root system formation—and they found that the molecule can actually inhibit root branching. Huh. Seems it works both ways, and the key is timing. Tests showed that in primary root portions formed before treatment, nitric oxide promotes lateral root formation, whereas strong inhibition of newly formed laterals was observed in primary root portions that began forming during the treatment. Remember, please, that this is nitric oxide, not nitrous oxide. Big difference. (Photo courtesy of Joseph M. DiTomaso, University of California - Davis; Bugwood.org) Read more>

People News

Douglas MarlowMarlow joins Philips
Douglas Marlow has joined Philips Horticulture as Key Account Manager - Horticultural LED North America, where he’ll be responsible for commercial market development of Philips’ new category of tailored growth light solutions enabled by LED technology. Read more>

The Atlanta Landscape Construction Branch of Ruppert LandscapeRuppert-Atlanta adds staff
The Atlanta Landscape Construction Branch of Ruppert Landscape has added the following staff: Chuck Mauldin is a senior estimator; Allison Reid is assistant project manager to support the Exxon Mobile jobsite; and Eric Spangler is an estimator. Read more>

Danny SummersSummers to run Garden Center Group
Danny Summers has assumed the role of Managing Director of The Garden Center Group, where he will be responsible for day-to-day operations as well as managing all programs and services. Read more>


Hot Products

Pink ExplosionRepeat-blooming azaleas
The Gardener’s Confidence Collection from McCorkle Nurseries offers a new series of repeat-blooming azaleas, carefully selected for their multiseason bloom and exceptional cold hardiness. Bloom ’N Again azaleas establish quickly, especially if planted in fall, and are ideal for shrub borders or in naturalized areas. Pink Explosion is pictured here. Read more>

Hydrangea 'Zorro' from PlantHaven‘Zorro’ hydrangea
Hydrangea 'Zorro' from PlantHaven is a rounded, bushy, deciduous shrub with broadly ovate, toothed, veined, dark green leaves and, from summer into autumn, dark purple-brown stems bearing large, lace-cap heads of flowers, deep blue in acid soil, pink in alkaline conditions. Flowers are held on dark stems that contrast well with the mid-green foliage. Looks great in a mixed border. Read more>

Broad-spectrum granular algaecide/bactericide GreenCleanPROBroad-spectrum algaecide/fungicide
From BioSafe Systems: Broad-spectrum granular algaecide/bactericide GreenCleanPRO is fast acting and destroys algae build-up on hard surfaces. It quickly biodegrades, making it safe to use during production and around plants. GreenCleanPRO is also labeled for algae treatment in irrigation ponds. Read more>


Strike® Plus fungicide from OHPFungicide for ornamentals
Now registered in 49 states, Strike® Plus fungicide from OHP Inc. is a WDG formulation that contains two active ingredients for dual modes of action, giving more broad-spectrum control of troublesome foliar diseases. Strike Plus can be used both inside and outside as a preventive or curative; users simply adjust the rate accordingly. The product contains triadimefon, the active ingredient in Strike® 50 WDG fungicide, plus trifloxystrobin, the active ingredient in Compass® O fungicide. With the combination of a sterol inhibitor (triadimefon) and a strobilurin (trifloxystrobin), Strike Plus provides comprehensive control of many diseases including powdery mildew, rusts, anthracnose, leaf spots, botrytis, boxwood blight and others. Read more>

PowerFuel from ECHOPremixed, 2-cycle engine fuel
PowerFuel from ECHO is a blend of ethanol-free, premium 93-octane gasoline and ECHO Red Armor Oil™ and comes pre-mixed at a 50:1 ratio; it’s specially formulated to aid engine break-in and extend the life of 2-cycle power equipment engines. Red Armor oil contains powerful detergents that remove carbon deposits and protect against future build-ups without losing lubrication or film strength. Red Armor oil also stabilizes fresh fuel for up to two years. PowerFuel is ready to use right out of the can with no measuring or mixing needed. Read more>

Turbo ShiftMultifunction hose-end nozzle
Underhill offers Turbo Shift, a multi-function, dual-variable flow hose-end nozzle that delivers light fog and low volume jet stream patterns before shifting to high-gear, high-volume outputs. It is designed for use in greenhouses and nurseries and can facilitate wash-downs and equipment clean-ups. Turbo Shift is offered with either pistol or firefighter grips. A Low Flow model opens with 7 to 12 gpm and turbo shifts from 14 to 17 gpm; the High Flow model opens with 12 to 17 gpm and turbo shifts from 20 to 43 gpm; the Super High Flow model performs from 34 to 104 gpm. All flow rates are based on 80 psi. Read more>

Finally: End of the season


Upcoming event
What: Native Plants Symposium
When: October 26
Where: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Cincinnati
Sponsor: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden; CEU credits available for ISA, ASLA, APLD, PLANET, ONLA and PGMS
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The Shrub Identification BookBuy this book!
The Shrub Identification Book: The Visual Method for the Practical Identification of Shrubs, Including Woody Vines and Ground Covers
Whew! That’s a long title. But the book is in two parts: Pictorial Keys and Master Pages. The Keys are designed for easy visual comparison of details that look alike, narrowing the identification of a shrub to one of a small group—the family or genus. Then, in the Master Pages, the species of the shrub is determined, with similar details placed together to highlight differences within the family group, thus eliminating all other possibilities. All of the 3,550 photographs were made specifically for use in this book and were taken either in the field or of fresh material carefully selected from the more than 20,000 specimens collected. Wherever possible, details such as leaves, fruit, twigs, etc., appear in actual size; otherwise, similar details are reproduced in the same scale.
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