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 February issue.
Valent and Nufarm join forces
Valent U.S.A. Corp. and Nufarm Americas Inc. have announced that Valent has entered into an agreement that appoints Nufarm as the exclusive distributor of its branded products for professional turf, ornamental and aquatic uses in the United States; the change is effective February 16. Under the agreement, Valent and Nufarm will effectively combine the product portfolios of the two companies into one broad portfolio that will be sold by Nufarm in the U.S. and will feature Nufarm’s leading product offerings such as Escalade and MillenniumTM Ultra Herbicides and its Cleary line of fungicides, along with Valent’s best-in-class brands such as Safari Insecticide, Arena Insecticide, SureGuard and Clipper Herbicides and Tourney Fungicide. Read more here and here.
HRI awards $400,000 in grants
The Horticultural Research Institute has announced it will grant $400,000 for 16 new projects intended to find solutions for hort production, pest management, environmental stewardship, and business and marketing challenges. Projects range from a study of the role of plant brands in consumer preferences to research on the effects of multiple stressors on pest damage to common nursery trees. Read more>
Nine graduate in EAGL Program’s inaugural season
Nine growers have completed the first year of StandPoint’s Executive Academy for Growth & Leadership (EAGL) program for nursery and greenhouse growers, and have received a continuing education Certificate in Applied Horticultural Business Management from the program’s partner, Texas A&M University. The nine include Bryan Abramowski, Rockwell Farms; Dan Batson, GreenForest Nursery; Tom Demaline, Willoway Nurseries Inc.; Randy Gilde, Delray Plants; Kelly Lewis, Ruppert Nurseries; Kevin Norris, Landmark Nurseries; Ed Overdevest, Overdevest Nurseries; Jason Roseman, Rockwell Farms; and Mark Sellew, Prides Corner Farms. Read more here and here.
DeWitt observes 40 years in business
From installing landscapes in the mid-1970s to manufacturing and distributing landscape protection products today, DeWitt Company has grown to offer more than 600 products in 14 comprehensive product categories. Read more here and here.
Shinoda Scholarship applications available
Applications now are available for the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation’s 2014-2015 scholarships. College students planning careers in floriculture and related fields can click on the link below to download applications and detailed information. Read more>
IWGS Symposium scheduled for Denver
The 2014 International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society Symposium is scheduled for August 14 to 16 in and around the Mile High City. Denver Botanic Gardens, Hudson Gardens and the Colorado Water Garden Society will serve as local hosts. Attendees may participate in the annual CWGS Water Blossom Festival at Denver Botanic Gardens, which will include guided tours, demonstrations, public voting for the IWGS New Waterlily Competition entries, and a talk given by the symposium’s keynote speaker. A special exhibit of internationally renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly’s artwork will be featured throughout the gardens and water features at DBG during this time. Read more>
McLane joins Rimol
Mark McLane has joined Rimol Greenhouses as Southern Sales Manager. Read more>
QuickCover™ Sedum from Midwest Groundcovers is a mix of eight stonecrop varieties—Sedum acre, S. album ‘Murale’, S. floriferum ‘Bailey’s Gold’, S. kamtschaticum, S. sexangulare, S. reflexum, S. spurium ‘Dragon’s Blood’, and S. spurium ‘Fuldaglut’—which guarantees plant diversity. The shallow, 1-inch depth of each 12-inch by 24-inch flat and the coarse lightweight media make QuickCover™ Sedum excellent for roofs with weight constraints. This inventive product is compatible with both green roof built-in systems and existing 24-inch by 24-inch green roof modular systems. Read more>
‘Passion Frost’ pieris
The first variegated Pieris with red flowers, ‘Passion Frost’ is hardy to Zone 6a. Evergreen with a bushy habit, this plant is disease tolerant and suitable as a patio or garden plant, reaching 50 inches tall by 40 inches wide. Liners are available from Silver Falls Nursery; managed by Concept Plants. Read more>
Gaillardia ‘Celebration’ from PlantHaven has a single row of elegant red petals carried on very strong stems. Blooms are colorfast and age well. ‘Celebration’ blooms over an exceptionally long period with a compact, mounding habit of 16 inches by 14 inches. Drought-tolerant once established, this sun-loving, floriferous variety is ideal for containers, beds and borders. Read more>
Designer Tags from Horticultural Marketing & Printing add merchandising power to plain pot stakes and strip tags. The thermal-transfer-printable labels ensure customers get promotional messages every time they look at a tag. Growers and retailers print or hand write their logo, plant names and information on the back, and let the colorful, informative front sides attract consumers. The tree tag collection includes color-coded labels for Fruit, Shade and Flowering Trees. Also included are Water Wise and Christmas-themed tags. The Christmas tags are perfect for cut and live Christmas trees, wreaths and garland. These 1- by 9-inch tags are fade resistant with a perforated tear-off end, and made of .12-mil Flextherm. The fade-resistant pot stakes include tags for Perennials and Annuals, and can be purchased with full sun, part sun and shade descriptions. A Water Wise pot stake is also available. The 5/8- by 5-inch tags are made of .20 mil styrene. All Designer Tags can be printed on Horticultural Marketing & Printing’s OnSyte XTRA 5. Read more>
HOLDit from BioSafe Systems is an effective, easy-to-use product that reduces drift risk and maximizes pesticide performance. Use it in your spray program for greater residual control. The unique formulation of HOLDit locks in the active ingredient, allowing the combination to provide a higher degree of residual control of bacterial and fungal control of plant pathogens. The ability of HOLDit to hold the active ingredient and allow it to stick to the intended target will effectively improve deposition, allowing for an increased level of product efficacy and decrease of target spray deposition. HOLDit was specifically formulated for use with BioSafe Systems’ activated line of peroxycompound product chemistries and will improve the performance of ZeroTol 2.0, OxiDate 2.0, OxiPhos, and AXXE. Read more>
Nozzle selection app
Greenleaf Technologies has introduced a free NozzleCalc iPhone app available from Apple’s App Store. Chemical labels are recommending specific droplet sizes, which makes it imperative to select nozzles for droplet size and not simply GPA. It provides the most convenient resource for ensuring accurate Greenleaf spray nozzle selection so you get the right droplet sizes. To use the nozzle calculator feature, simply enter your desired speed and application rate along with your nozzle spacing. NozzleCalc will recommend several options of TurboDrop (TDXL), AirMix (AM) and TurboDrop DualFan (TADF) nozzles in various sizes. Just choose the nozzle that matches your required droplet size and spray with confidence. Read more>
Marked by a signature shape that rounds out at the middle, the Charlotte Collection from McConkey Co. adapts the design to a color bowl, hanging basket and tall planter. It’s finished with a subtle tone-on-tone decorative scroll pattern and matte earth tone paints to add depth. The collection offers a high-impact option for growers to pot direct or retailers to sell empty to garden center customers. The Charlotte Collection features a 14-inch-tall planter, 14-inch color bowl and 12-inch hanging basket. Current colors include charcoal, sage and sandstone. Read more>
Redwood media for California
The SM Series from Berger was developed specifically for California growers. The series is divided into four independent categories: SM Greenhouse, specifically designed for greenhouse crops such as potted plants, bedding plants, and hanging baskets; SM Propagation, made of selected components with different particle sizes to fit the specific needs of seedlings and cuttings; SM Canning, primarily made of selected redwood, with the addition of other high-quality components to grow trees, shrubs, perennials or any crops requiring a heavier anchorage; and SM Specialties, which is offered for poinsettias, blueberries, mums, succulents and other specific crops. Read more>
Inflatable pest deterrent
Using a small air blower to create erratic, unpredictable movement, the Air Crow inflatable scarecrow from Nixalite flails about unpredictably, making it a more effective option than the traditional scarecrow where nuisance birds and wildlife are a problem. With a maximum net weight of only 13.5 pounds, the Air Crow is extremely easy to transport around any size property. The Air Crow uses only sound and movement to deter wildlife, providing safe, humane bird and animal control to use around lawns, small landscape sites and crops. Read more>
Hummert’s new, 704-page, 2014/2015 Horticultural Supply Catalog is brimming from cover to cover with new products, vibrant photos and detailed product descriptions for everything you need to successfully grow plants. The catalog includes everything from pesticides, fertilizers, media, pots, irrigation, propagation, greenhouses, lighting, benches, tools and so much more. It is an excellent reference for growers of all professions and can even be used as a textbook for teachers. Read more>
Finally: Polar Vortex 2014