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From the editors of American Nurseryman • January 3, 2014

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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 December issue.

Happy New Year to All!

Beetle-killed trees studied as fuel sourceBeetle-killed trees studied as fuel source
Some of us used it for paneling, with its beautiful, gray-blue streaks lending a bit of color to the room where we kept the ping-pong table. But a consortium of academic, industry and government professionals led by Colorado State University are working on using “beetle kill”—the waste wood resulting from devastating infestation by pine beetles in the Rocky Mountains—as a source for biofuels. A $10 million grant from the USDA will fund the study. And while we all hope the researchers are successful in finding a way to turn beetle-killed trees into a renewable source of clean fuel, we also hope there’s progress in stopping the beetles before they provide too much fodder. (Photo courtesy of Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University; Bugwood.org). Read more>

Freedom Tree FarmsFreedom Tree Farms joins HGTV HOME Plant Collection growers
Tennessee-based Freedom Tree Farms is the newest grower partner to join the HGTV HOME Plant Collection family; the company is among the largest wholesale growers east of the Mississippi. Freedom Tree will grow shrubs, annuals and select perennials designed for the South for the Expressions Annuals™, Essential Perennials™ and the Smart & Stylish Shrubs™ Collections. Read more here and here.

Parrotia persica ‘Vanessa’Parrotia persica named Urban Tree of the Year
The Society of Municipal Arborists has named Parrotia persica ‘Vanessa’ as its 2014 Urban Tree of the Year. The international group states that a tree must be adaptable to a variety of harsh growing conditions, as well as exhibit strong ornamental traits, in order to qualify for this designation. Native to northern Iran, the Persian ironwood tree has become widely used in the U.S. and Canada. Read more>

Jacto Inc.Jacto selects lease financing partner
TEQlease Capital, a private equipment lease finance company, has become the preferred financing resource for Jacto Inc. Through this relationship, TEQlease Capital will provide lease-financing solutions for Jacto Inc. customers in the U.S. Jacto Inc. is an industry-leading manufacturer of agricultural sprayers and backpack sprayers. Read more>

People News

Christopher LundgrenDosatron names Lundgren regional sales manager
Christopher Lundgren has been named regional sales manager - horticulture for Dosatron International Inc. Read more>

Hot Products

Hunter Industries point source drip emittersPoint source drip emitters
Hunter Industries has introduced a new family of pressure-compensation drip emitters for its micro irrigation line, designed for quick installation. Available in three inlets—self-piercing barb, 10/32 thread, and ½-inch female thread. The barb and 10/32 thread models are offered in .5, 1, 2, 4, and 6 GPH models; the ½-inch female threaded model is available in 1 and 2 GPH, and they’re color-coded for fast flow identification with coined edges for easy gripping. Read more>

GreenClean Acid Cleaner and GreenClean Alkaline Cleaner from BioSafe SystemsProfessional strength cleaners
GreenClean Acid Cleaner and GreenClean Alkaline Cleaner from BioSafe Systems are professional strength products that lift away organic deposits, calcium and harsh minerals. GreenClean Alkaline Cleaner also removes stubborn grease and oils. Keep your greenhouse clean with both of these cleaners and use them to sanitize and disinfect most hard surfaces, including concrete, tile and stainless steel. Read more>

Dachshund garden bench from Garden Decor AccentsGarden bench
For the dog lovers in the bunch: This Dachshund garden bench from Garden Decor Accents holds a maximum weight of 300 pounds. Made of polyresin, the bench itself weighs 51 pounds, measuring 53 inches long by 10 inches deep and 25 inches high. Read more>

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The Savage Garden, Revised: Cultivating Carnivorous PlantsBuy this book!
The Savage Garden, Revised: Cultivating Carnivorous Plants
For 15 years, The Savage Garden has been the bible for those interested in growing carnivorous plants. Yeah, it’s creepy, but this new edition is fully revised to include the latest developments and discoveries in the carnivorous plant world, making it the most accurate and up to date book of its kind. Beautiful, unusual, and surprisingly easy to grow, flesh-eating plants thrive everywhere from windowsills to outdoor container gardens, in a wide variety of climates. The Savage Garden is the most comprehensive guide to these fascinating oddities, gloriously illustrated with more than 200 color photos. Fully revised with the latest developments in the carnivorous plant world, this new edition includes:
   •  All the basics—from watering and feeding to modern advances in artificial lighting, soil, and fertilizers.
   •  Detailed descriptions of hundreds of plants, including many of the incredible new species that have been recently discovered and hybridized.
   •  Cultivation and propagation information for all the plant families: pitcher plants, Venus flytraps, sundews, rainbow plants, bladderworts, and many other peculiar plants from the demented mind of Mother Nature. Cue the spooky music.
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