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From the editors of American Nurseryman • December 5, 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 November issue.

National hort study proposedNational hort study proposed
It’s a big undertaking, but this industry is up to the task. We need to determine how horticulture is perceived and—more importantly—how to create better awareness of the profession. So says a group of six hort organizations, including The American Society for Horticultural Science, Longwood Gardens, the American Public Gardens Association, the American Horticultural Society, the National Junior Horticultural Association Foundation and the newly formed AmericanHort. The group has developed a white paper outlining the current issue (lack of horticultural awareness and poor perception of horticultural careers) and what the proposed initiative will do: an education plan, advocacy campaign and marketing plan. There’s also a letter encouraging green industry professionals to pledge their support of the initiative—and they’re asking for your comments and suggestions. You can find both here. Check it out. Seriously, check it out. (Photo courtesy of Paul Wray, Iowa State University, Bugwood.org) Read more>
2014 Spring TrialsBreeders team for 2014 Spring Trials
Six leaders in the horticulture industry have announced plans for a joint-venture varieties display at the 2014 California Spring Trials at Windmill Nursery in Buellton, Calif. The partnership will include Westhoff, Beekenkamp, Skagit Gardens, PAC-Elsner, Terra Nova Nurseries, and Plug Connection. Spring Trials at Windmill Nursery will be open Sunday, April 6 to Wednesday, April 9, 2014, and will be a launching ground for new plant varieties; signage and packaging products; and merchandising programs and concepts. Read more>

Platt Hill NurseryPlatt Hill Nursery celebrates 30 years
In the very cold December of 1983, Platt Hill purchased a farm stand in Bloomingdale, Ill., with the goal of establishing a garden center. Thirty years and two locations later, Platt Hill Nursery is among the most popular destinations for gardeners in northern Illinois. Both locations now offer a full range of horticultural offerings, from edibles and annuals to large trees and shrubs, plus landscape services and hardgoods. Read more>

Martha StewartMartha comes to IGC Chicago
Martha Stewart—yes, that Martha Stewart—has been booked to give the keynote address at next year's IGC Show in Chicago, scheduled for August 19 to 21. Actually, she'll be interviewed onstage by IGC founder Jeff Morey, who will ask about the gardening and consumer lifestyle trends that matter most to the success of independent garden center owners and operators. Additional speakers for both IGC Chicago and IGC East will be announced soon. Read more>

IPM EssenIPM Essen—January 28 to 31
Planning a trip to Germany this January? You should. IPM Essen, the International Plant Fair, is scheduled for January 28 to 31, and highlights everything horticultural—from plants to technology to floristry to equipment. More than 1,500 exhibitors from 45 nations are expected. Read more here and here.


Marshall de LeonRaphael DiezDynaGro expands sales force
Marshall de Leon has taken the role of sales manager for DynaGro, and Raphael Diez is a new sales representative. Both are based in Richmond, Calif. Read more>

Monrovia announces staff changes

Monrovia announces staff changes

Monrovia Growers has promoted two sales associates, hired two new industry pros and added to the title of a company legend. Amy Kolden has been named sales development coach, a position in which she will act as mentor and trainer to the company’s 70-person sales team. Tim Barthel has been named national sales manager after 25 years as an outside sales rep. Jonathan Pedersen has joined Monrovia as director of business development, partnering with breeders and plant introducers around the world. Steve Siebert has joined the company as Lowe’s senior accounts manager. And longtime Monrovia director of new plants Nicholas Staddon has become the company’s official spokesperson. Read more>

Hot Products

Lavender ‘Phenomenal’Lavender ‘Phenomenal’
Lavender ‘Phenomenal’ (Lavandula × intermedia ‘Niko’ PPAF) from Peace Tree Farms and Cultivaris really is … phenomenal. It has silvery foliage and vibrant purple inflorescences—but more than that, it’s hardy to Zone 5 and it stands up to heat and humidity, providing a beautiful, year-round landscape feature. The uniform growth habit makes ‘Phenomenal’ an excellent choice for bench-run production that requires little maintenance after transplanting. ‘Phenomenal’ also demonstrates high disease resistance and can be grown in any size from 1-quart to 3-gallon pots. Read more>

Aquascape’s AlgaecideAlgaecide for water features
Fighting string algae? Pond water gone green? Try Aquascape’s Algaecide, said to stop algae growth, eliminate green water, be easy to use and fast-acting, plus it can be used in ponds and fountains with fish and plants. Available in four sizes, ranging from an 8.5 ounce bottle that treats up to 2,500 gallons of water, to a 1-gallon container that can treat up to 40,000 gallons of water. Read more>

OxiPhos from BioSafe SystemsBroad-spectrum bactericide/fungicide
OxiPhos from BioSafe Systems is a new, contact and systemic broad-spectrum bactericide/fungicide with combined phosphorus acid and activated peroxide activity that provides growers with an environmentally responsible solution to diseases and pathogens. Labeled for horticultural applications in greenhouses and nurseries, as well as on commercial turf and landscapes, OxiPhos can be applied to a wide variety of ornamental and bedding crops. OxiPhos’ combination chemistry works systemically and on contact to control and destroy plant diseases like downy mildew, Phytophthora and Pythium, all of which may cause root rots and blights. Read more>

Buyers Products’ polymer DumperDogg® dump insertsPolymer truck inserts
Turn your pickup into a dump truck with Buyers Products’ polymer DumperDogg® dump inserts. Designed for 8-foot truck beds, the inserts have integrated sidewalls and ¾-inch tailgate hinge pins that provide support for the inserts’ payload capacity of 6,000 pounds. The 1.5-kilowatt motor for the hydraulic pump can be operated from inside the cab using the tethered control box for power-up and power-down. Read more>

IRROmesh Sytem from Irrometer Co.Solar-powered data logger
The new solar-powered IRROmesh Sytem from Irrometer Co. simplifies irrigation management for ag and landscape applications alike. Solar powered nodes "talk" to each other, relaying critical data for site-specific irrigation management. This self-initializing, self-routing and self-healing mesh radio incorporates Irrometer's popular Watermark Soil Moisture Sensors and can transmit to the web for cost-effective and convenient 24/7 data access. Read more>

Chain saws without tensioning toolsChain saws without tensioning tools
ECHO’s new chain saws—the CS-370F and CS-400F—are based on the popular CS-370 and CS-400 but feature the new FasTension™ Tool-less Chain Tensioning System, which makes quick and easy chain tension adjustments or bar and chain replacements without a wrench or tightening tool. A rotating lever takes the place of locking nuts, and a tensioning wheel replaces an adjustment screw. Adjustments can be made anywhere in four simple steps. The CS-370F is equipped with a 16-inch bar and chain, and the CS-400F comes with an 18-inch bar and chain. Other product features include a tool-less access, automotive-style air filter; a dual-post chain brake; an i-30™starting system for reduced-effort starting; and an automatic, adjustable oiler. Read more>

Upcoming event
Please note: This is a correction. The info in our November issue’s Winter Events Preview was incorrect.
What: Tennessee Green Industry Expo
When: Jan. 17 to 18, 2014
Where: Music City Center, Nashville, Tenn.
Sponsor: Tennessee Nursery and Landscape Association
For more>

Ornamental Horticulture: Science, Operations, and Management, 4th editionBuy this book!
Plants from Test Tubes: An Introduction to Micropropagation, 4th edition
Thirty years ago, in vitro propagation was a new technique for producing plants, and Lydiane Kyte’s Plants from Test Tubes became the standard work on the topic. The new fourth edition, by authors Holly Scoggins and Mark Bridgen, has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the many advances in science and technology, including the five accepted sequential stages of micropropagation. Ten new plants have been added. This in turn has greatly expanded the already extensive bibliography. Among the new topics that have been introduced or expanded on are embryo culture for breeding, somaclonal variation, anther culture, somatic embryogenesis, cryopreservation, and genetic engineering. More ornamental plant examples are given and many new illustrations provided, including a chronology of discoveries in micropropagation.
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