From the editors of American Nurseryman • November 7, 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 October issue.

Historic John Muir tree clonedHistoric John Muir tree cloned
Horticulturists at the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive have successfully cloned a 130-year-old giant sequoia planted by naturalist and Sierra Club founder John Muir. In the late 1800s, Muir transported the 75-foot tree from Yosemite to his home in Martinez, Calif., now the location of the John Muir National Historic Site. The tree is dying from fungal diseases, but cuttings were taken and sent to Archangel’s labs in Copemish, Mich., in the hopes of producing offspring of this historic tree. Read more>

Plant Development Services Inc.PDSI welcomes four new growers
Plant Development Services Inc. has added four growers to its team that supplies plants for the company’s Encore® Azalea, Southern Living® Plant Collection and Sunset Western Garden Collection™ brands. The new growers are Hawksridge Farms, Hickory, N.C.; Turtle Creek Nursery, Davidson, N.C.; Bennett’s Creek Wholesale Nursery, Suffolk, Va.; and Park Hill Plants & Trees, Tahlequah, Okla. Read more>

Angel Plants Inc.Angel Plants joins HGTV family
Angel Plants Inc. has become the newest distribution partner of the HGTV HOME® Plant Collection; the company will begin its new partnership in the spring of 2014. Angel Plants will focus on growing Expressions Annuals, Fine Vine™ Mandevillas and Patio-Ready Edibles. Read more>

Western Trade Show & EducationThe Western has it all
The Western Nursery & Landscape Association will celebrate its 125th year in 2014, and it’ll kick off the observation with the newly revamped Western Trade Show & Education. Scheduled for January 5 and 6 in Overland Park, the show brings back the Western Pub, plus the 4th Annual Fashion Show (sponsored by American Nurseryman!), learning centers, roundtable discussions and lots of eager exhibitors and attendees. Registration is now open at Read more>

GreenTech AmsterdamInternational hort fair named GreenTech
“GreenTech Amsterdam” is the crowd-source-selected name for the newly launched biennial international horticulture technology exhibition, scheduled for June 10 to 12, 2014, at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre, The Netherlands. The exhibition focuses on the early stages of the horticultural chain and production issues with a focus on production technology. Three connected show themes, all staged in unique pavilions, include Water, Energy and Biobased. Read more>

Briggs & StrattonBriggs & Stratton teams with VP Racing Fuels
VP Racing Fuels, Inc. has entered into an agreement with Briggs & Stratton (B&S), the world’s largest manufacturer of gasoline-powered engines for outdoor power equipment, to provide Briggs & Stratton-branded fuel for gasoline-powered engines. VP will produce three blends: an ethanol-free fuel for 4-cycle engines and two pre-mixed gas + oil blends (40:1 & 50:1) for 2-cycles. Each is formulated to include Briggs & Stratton’s Advanced Formula Fuel Treatment & Stabilizer and will be packaged in quarts, gallons, 5-gallon pails and 54-gallon drums. Read more>

New HorizonsRimol donates greenhouse
Rimol Greenhouse Systems has donated a greenhouse to New Horizons For New Hampshire, the state’s largest soup kitchen and food pantry. The high tunnel’s early-September completion makes Manchester the only urban city in New Hampshire with a community greenhouse. The high tunnel greenhouse will eventually produce lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Ideally, the structure will cut food costs for New Horizons, which serves between 200 to 300 meals daily. Read more>

Web News

Hummert International websiteHummert launches redesigned website
Hummert International has launched the company’s completely redesigned website, including superior navigation, enhanced search function, secure wholesale login, freight quoting capability and more. Read more>

Nature’s Source Plant Food websiteNature’s Source® launches new website
Ball DPF LLC has launched a new website for its recently rebranded Nature’s Source Plant Food family of products. The site includes videos, a news and events page, enhanced browsing capabilities by market category or formulation, and more. Read more>

People News

Jim JohnsonJohnson receives Award of Merit from IPPS ER
Jim Johnson, a career-long Cooperative Extension Service horticulturist, has received the Award of Merit from the Eastern Region of International Plant Propagators’ Society. The Award of Merit is the highest honor the organization bestows. Read more>

Dale PiersonPierson named IPPS Fellow
Dale Pierson, owner of Pierson Nurseries Inc. in Dayton, Maine, has been named a Fellow of the International Plant Propagators’ Society, Eastern Region. The Fellow Award is granted to the organization’s members for exceptional service to the Society and to the advancement of the field of propagation and production. Read more>

Ze’ev BarylkaBarylka named marketing director for Netafim
Ze’ev Barylka has been appointed director of marketing for Netafim USA and Netafim Mexico, where he will oversee all new product development and introductions, education and training, and marketing communications for the irrigation manufacturer. Read more>

Ryan BaxterBaxter joins BioSafe Systems
Ryan Baxter has joined the Turf & Ornamental Team of BioSafe Sytems as a technical representative in the company’s Midwest territory. Baxter will help to establish a position in commercial greenhouses and the nursery industry in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. Read more>

Patrick CainCain joins Home Nursery
Patrick Cain has joined Home Nursery Inc. as sales rep covering central and southern Indiana, central and eastern Kentucky, southeastern Ohio and central and eastern Tennessee. Read more>

Bob OtsukaOtsuka named Shinoda Foundation head
Bob Otsuka has been selected to lead the Shinoda Foundation upon the retirement of longtime president Paul Ecke III. In addition to serving as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the California Flower Market since 1987, Otsuka has served on the Shinoda Foundation board of trustees since 2008. He is extensively involved in the floriculture industry, also serving on the boards of directors for Hortica Insurance and the California State Floral Association, on the Advisory Council for the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers and on the Wholesale Council for the Society of American Florists. Read more>

Gary WatschkeWatschke joins Rimol
Gary Watschke has joined the inside sales team of Rimol Greenhouse Systems, where he’ll be responsible for customer service and sales support for the West and South territories. Read more>


Al ReillyAlbert “Al” Reilly
Al Reilly, longtime Rough Brothers executive and greenhouse industry leader, passed away October 17. Read more>


Hot Products

Cosmos ‘Eclipse’Cosmos ‘Eclipse’
Bred in New Zealand by Dr. Keith Hammett and offered by PlantHaven, Cosmos ‘Eclipse’ boasts large, 2-inch blooms in deep chocolate to burgundy tones with a good chocolate fragrance and striking bright yellow pollen. ‘Eclipse’ attracts bees and butterflies. The tidy, rounded habit is 24 inches tall by 24 inches wide at maturity, and 16 inches by 12 inches in a 6-inch pot. This long-stemmed beauty is ideal for containers, borders or mass landscape planting. Read more>

Sunshine ’N Wine‘Sunshine ’N Wine’ pansy
A new Cool Wave Pansy named by a Southern Living magazine reader—‘Sunshine ’N Wine’—will debut at the 2014 Spring Trials, with seed available to growers in May 2014 for retail sales in fall 2014. The name was selected from among dozens of submissions in the “Name This Pansy” contest hosted by PanAmerican Seed’s Cool Wave and the magazine’s lifestyle website, “The Daily South.” Read more>

PERpose Plus™ from BioWorks Inc.Organic algaecide and fungicide
PERpose Plus™ from BioWorks Inc. is an OMRI-listed, broad-spectrum algaecide and fungicide that kills algae and fungi on contact. Clear and odorless, it leaves no residue and does not cause phytotoxicity when used according to label directions. It has a 1-hour REI. Read more>

Nature’s Source™ Plant ProbioticFood for the Soil
Ball DPF LLC offers a new addition to its line of plant nutrition products: Nature’s Source™ Plant Probiotic. It’s a unique complex of beneficial microorganisms that promote the establishment and enhance the growth of greenhouse and nursery crops, landscape plants and agricultural crops, in all types of soils and growing media. Nature’s Source Plant Probiotic contains beneficial Bacillus (bacteria), Trichoderma (fungi) and Streptomyces (actinomycetes) on a 100 percent soluble powder that can be sprayed on plants and foliage or injected through an irrigation system. These soil microbes help decompose organic matter and improve soil structure. They also form a symbiotic relationship with plant roots, helping plants absorb more nutrients, resist stress and grow healthier. Read more>

OxiPhos from BioSafe SystemsBactericide/fungicide
OxiPhos from BioSafe Systems is a dual mode of action bactericide/fungicide for use on greenhouse and nursery ornamentals and bedding plants. OxiPhos is a unique product because it is both systemic and contact and can be used throughout the growing season to prevent and control pathogens like Pythium, Phytophthora and downy mildew. OxiPhos increases plant health and is an excellent resistance management tool. Read more>

TurfEx RS7200ESpreader/sprayer
TurfEx has introduced the RS7200E spreader/sprayer with an electric start, adjustable electric spray pump and a hand-held spray wand. Its heavy-duty transmission has two forward gears, neutral and reverse. A hand-operated transmission disc brake and foot-controlled sulky band brake allow smooth, confident operation of the unit, and the machine’s low center of gravity further increases the safety of the RS7200E. A 17-gallon tank system has a single port for easy filling and a balanced design for enhanced stability. To apply the liquid, the RS7200E includes a front-mounted boomless nozzle, which can spray between 3 and 11 feet wide, as well as a professional-duty spray wand. The unit’s electric pump can be turned on while the engine isn’t running, allowing the operator to spot spray using only battery power. Read more>

SnowLogixSnow blower
Loftness introduces the I Series to its SnowLogix line of snow blowers, including four models of industrial-duty, tractor-mounted units available in 9- and 10-foot widths for efficiently moving large amounts of snow. Engineered for large tractors with tall tires, all models in the I Series offer a two-stage design with 16-inch-diameter augers and extra-large, 36-inch-diameter fans. Both 9- and 10-foot blowers are available with either two or three augers. Models with two augers measure 48 inches high, while those with three augers measure 66 inches high. Also standard is a hydraulically adjustable spout with a 14-inch diameter and 270 degrees of rotation. Truck-loading spout options are also available. Other options include hydraulic- and electric-actuated deflectors. Read more>

Finally: Just a few left …

Just a few left...

Upcoming event
What: 2013 Nursery/Floriculture Insect Symposium
When: December 12
Where: Watsonville Elks Lodge, Watsonville, Calif.
Sponsor: University of California Nursery and Floriculture Alliance
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PlanthropologyBuy this book!
Planthropology: The Myths, Mysteries, and Miracles of My Garden Favorites
Clever title, no? Here’s what one reviewer says about Ken Druse’s new book:
“Ken Druse explores the myths, mysteries and fascinating stories behind plants in this beautifully illustrated book. He starts out by discussing the hazardous expeditions of great plant explorers and the great risks (sometimes deadly) they took to bring exciting new plants to their countries. A chapter titled "The Garden of Good and Evil" explores the dark side of plants—those that are poisonous as well as those used throughout history for beneficial purposes. Anecdotes about the inner working of plants, like pollination, symmetry of design, and fragrance make for fascinating reading. Generously illustrated with gorgeous color photographs (a close-up of the seedhead of a sunflower is simply awesome), this book is another winner by an outstanding garden writer.”
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