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 May issue.
Miracle On the Hudson named Most Outstanding Rose
“Miracle on the Hudson” received the George & Edith Vanderbilt Award for Most Outstanding Rose in the second Biltmore International Rose Trials conducted at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Bred by Neal Rippetoe in California, the selection also took the top honors in three additional categories: the Chauncey Beadle Award for Best Shrub Rose; the William Cecil Award for Best Growth Habit; and the Lord Burleigh Award for Most Disease Resistant. Read more here and here.
Anderson Pots aids Haiti reforestation
Three Angels Children’s Relief has received a generous donation from Anderson Die & Manufacturing of Portland, Oregon, for its tree nursery in Port au Prince, Haiti. The donation will aid in growing breadfruit and other fruit trees in Haiti. Three Angels is using the 10,000 donated Anderson 2 3/8-inch by 5-inch tree-bands and Anderson’s sturdy deep propagation flats to begin producing more than 25,000 fruit trees per year to help feed the Haitian people and battle Haiti’s rampant deforestation problem. Haiti’s deforestation has reached epidemic levels, with the earthquake-ravaged island’s forest coverage currently estimated at only about 1.5 percent. Read more here and here.
AmericanHort names 2014 scholars
Six horticulture students have been selected as this year’s HortScholars, part of an AmericanHort program that provides eligible undergraduate and graduate students with an enriching professional development experience that increases their knowledge, industry awareness and career enthusiasm—and provides the industry with informed, educated and eager new professionals. The following students were named:
• Marie Arnold, The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute
• Nicholas Flax, Iowa State University
• Jessica Kivett, Kansas State University
• Justin Kondrat, Cornell University
• Katie Nickolaus, Michigan State University
• James Sacco, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Heims plans seminars for Cultivate ’14
Terra Nova Nurseries’ Dan Heims has scheduled three presentations for this year’s Cultivate event:
• “New Perennials from Around the World” on Saturday, July 12 at 1 p.m.
• “Right Plant, Right Place Garden Solutions for Problem Areas” on Saturday, July 12 at 4 p.m.
• “Container Crazy and Small Space Gardening” on Sunday, July 13 at 10:30 a.m.
Read more here and here.
Dalmatian toadflax is Minnesota weed of the month
Does your state feature a weed of the month? Well, Minnesota does, and the dubious honor for June goes to Dalmatian toadflax. According to the state’s department of agriculture, Linaria dalmatica was “brought to the western United States as an ornamental, escaped cultivation, and has become a noxious weed throughout many western states.” The wicked weed is a challenge to treat due to its thick, waxy leaves. It spreads by seed and by lateral roots. Watch for it. Read more>
Planning ahead for Green & Growin’ 2015
Don’t forget: For 2015 only, North Carolina’s Green & Growin’ show and MANTS have switched dates. The Green & Growin’ Trade Show will be held January 5 to 9 in Greensboro, North Carolina, which is one week earlier than usual. Says Ross Williams, NCNLA’s Executive Director, “Green & Growin’ is NCNLA’s premiere event that provides an important marketplace for the nursery and landscape industry, and educational seminars for landscape, nursery, garden center, irrigation, arborist and turf maintenance professionals. We are proud to partner with other green industry groups to continually improve our programs and provide quality education and credits to all professionals.” Mark your calendars. Read more>
Miehls named T&O market specialist at FMC
FMC Corporation has named Alea Miehls market specialist for the company’s Turf & Ornamental segment. She will provide sales and technical support in the Western states, including Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Read more>
Buley honored by Arbor Day Foundation
J.F. Schmidt & Son Company communications director Nancy Buley is the recipient of the 2014 Arbor Day Foundation’s Frederick Law Olmsted Award; she received the honor in recognition of her commitment to tree planting and conservation. Read more>
Dianthus Superstar (‘Tyrian’) from PlantHaven has elegant, Art Deco patterned blooms, cherry-red with white-pink patterns and a deep cherry eye, carried on sturdy stems. The compact, mounding habit of glaucous, blue-green foliage measures 7 inches by 7 inches. No vernalization is required for blooming. Flower stems are sturdy and do not flop. Deadhead and feed regularly to encourage fast repeat blooming. Plants are hardy, evergreen and wonderfully fragrant with a long-flowering season. Attracts bees and butterflies. Excellent for containers, borders, mass landscape planting, or as a cut flower. Read more>
Leucanthemum ‘Real Glory’
Also from PlantHaven: Leucanthemum ‘Real Glory’, featuring an unusual, reflexing, anemone flower form. Its blooms age well and are carried on strong stems. Very floriferous with improved disease resistance, ‘Real Glory’ provides excellent garden performance. Read more>
Orchid garden combo
Sun Bulb Company will premier its Orchid Garden Combo Arrangement at the International Floriculture Expo (IFE) in New Orleans this month, but you get a preview. Each arrangement is designed in a complementary color scheme and includes a bromeliad, phalaenopsis orchid, foliage and a sweet huck branch, all potted in a 23cm contemporary white ceramic planter. The garden combo arrangement is approximately 19 inches high and makes a great centerpiece or entryway arrangement. Read more>
50-count deep tray
Blackmore Company has introduced its 50-count Ellepot deep tray for 45-mm Ellepots. The tray features a label ramp and the specially designed pop-up bottom allows Ellepots to be easily removed. They’re said to be ideal for propagation. Read more>
OxiPhos from BioSafe Systems is a dual mode of action bactericide/fungicide for use on greenhouse and nursery ornamentals and bedding plants. It is unique because it functions as both a systemic and contact product and can be used throughout the growing season to prevent and control pathogens like downy mildew, Pythium and Phytophthora. OxiPhos increases plant health and is an excellent resistance management tool. Read more>
Here’s more from Biosafe Systems: CalOx, which comes in micronized liquid and wettable powder forms, is intended to raise soil pH and help plants take up nutrients more quickly, maintaining plant root health and increasing the quality of plant. CalOx is easily absorbed by foliage and roots and easily translocated through the plant creating stronger plant cell walls. The product assists in leaf growth and helps with the formulation of new cells. The micronized liquid calcium form of CalOx is the next generation of micronized calcium carbonate. It has been milled down to less than one micron to allow for a highly superior product in a liquid form. The wettable powder form of CalOx is a five-micron product that can be used as an effective alternative to bagged lime on a variety of crops. Read more>