From the editors of American Nurseryman • July 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 June issue.

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service
NASS releases sales results
The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (say that three times fast!) tells us that for the reporting year 2013, the top five states for wholesale value of floriculture crop sales were California, Florida, Michigan, Texas and North Carolina. Expanded wholesale value for operations with $10,000+ in sales (for 15 reporting states) is at its highest level since 2004: In billions of dollars, the figure in 2004 was $4.11; it peaked in 2007 at $4.32, then again at $4.36 in 2012. The total for 2013 is reported at $4.40 (remember, that’s in billions). When considered by plant category for 15 reporting states, operations with $100,000+ in sales, annual bedding/garden plants scored $1,356; potted flowering plants rang in at $778; foliage plants, indoor/patio use scored $631 and herbaceous perennials rated $602. Cut flowers sold $419; propagative floriculture materials $390 and cut cultivated greens $77. Read more>

Brussels sproutsAAS 2015 winners announced
Mom said to eat your Brussels sprouts. And she was right. Brussels sprouts Hestia F1 has been named an All-America Selections 2015 regional winner (Southeast and Mountain/Southwest); five other veggies were honored. Note, please, that this first batch of winners consists of all edibles. Joining Hestia F1 in the winners’ circle are Cucumber Parisian Gherkin F1, Pak Choi Bopak F1, Pepper Sweet Sunset F1, Lettuce Sandy, and Radish Roxanne F1. Read more>

KudzuInvasive plants can accelerate climate change
Researchers at Clemson University have shown that invasive plants may be worse than we thought: Not only do they choke out other growth, they can accelerate the greenhouse effect by releasing into the atmosphere carbon that’s stored in the soil. Plant ecologist Nishanth Tharayil and grad student Mioko Tamura examined the impact of kudzu and Japanese knotweed on soil carbon storage, and found that kudzu released carbon that was stored in native soils. “Our findings highlight the capacity of invasive plants to effect climate change by destabilizing the carbon pool in soil and shows that invasive plants can have profound influence on our understanding to manage land in a way that mitigates carbon emissions,” Tharayil said. He estimates that kudzu invasion results in the release of 4.8 metric tons of carbon annually, equal to the amount of carbon stored in 11.8 million acres of U.S. forest. This is the same amount of carbon emitted annually by consuming 540 million gallons of gasoline or burning 5.1 billion pounds of coal. (Photo courtesy of Kerry Britton, USDA Forest Service; Read more>

PLANET’s 2014 National Landscape Awards of ExcellenceNational Landscape Awards call for entries
Applications for PLANET’s 2014 National Landscape Awards of Excellence—previously known as the Environmental Improvement Awards—will be accepted with an early bird deadline of July 11; the final deadline is August 8. Winners will be announced at an awards dinner on October 23 during the Green Industry Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Read more>

PLA logoPack your bags!
Out and about this summer? Take your pick of trade shows, conferences, seminars and other industry events—there are millions of them. Well, close. Coming up this month?
• Cultivate ’14, Columbus, July 12 to 15
• Cullowhee Native Plant Conference, Cullowhee, North Carolina, July 15 to 20
• SNA, Atlanta, July 22 to 24
• ASHA ’14, Orlando, July 28 to 31
• Perennial Plant Symposium, Cincinnati, July 28 to August 1
• 2014 Michigan Garden Plant Tour, various locations, July 28 to August 8
• PANTS14, Philadelphia, July 30 to 31
How about August?
• IGC East, National Harbor, Maryland, August 5 to 7
• NLGCO 47th Annual Summer Field Day, Perry, Ohio, August 12
• Summer Green Road Show, Raleigh, North Carolina, August 13 to 15
… and the list goes on. Read more>

People News

Nick OverallOverall joins J. Frank Schmidt
Nick Overall has been named sales manager for J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. A registered landscape architect, Overall brings more than 25 years of green industry experience to the position. Read more>

Phil PellitteriPellitteri joins WGIF Hall of Fame
University of Wisconsin extention entomologist Phil Pellitteri has been named to the Wisconsin Green Industry Federation Hall of Fame. Known as “the bug guy,” Pellitteri worked with the Insect Diagnostic Lab in the Department of Entomology at UW-Madison from 1978 until his retirement his year. Read more>

Hot Products

Begonia Cocoa ‘Enchanted Sunrise’ ‘Enchanted Sunrise’ begonia
As the newest addition to the Begonia Cocoa™ series, from Terra Nova Nurseries, Begonia Cocoa™ ‘Enchanted Sunrise’ has large, salmon-orange blooms in an upright habit that contrast beautifully with the dark chocolate leaves and lime-green veins. The average size at maturity is 24 inches tall by 14 inches wide with a 24-inch flower height. ‘Enchanted Sunrise’ is hardy in zones 9 to 11. Read more>

Gaillardia ‘Fanfare Citronella’Gaillardia ‘Fanfare Citronella’
Sunny, bright yellow, pinwheel flowers are the highlight of Gaillardia ‘Fanfare Citronella’ from PlantHaven. With an exceptionally long flowering period, this floriferous, compact plant is drought tolerant once established. Growing only 21 inches tall by 16 inches wide, it’s ideal for containers, beds and borders. Read more>

Dow AgroSciences’ new insecticide, XXpire WGXXpire receives federal registration
Dow AgroSciences’ new insecticide, XXpire WG, has received federal registration. The product combines two new active ingredients, spinetoram and Isoclast Active, a new class of insecticide chemistry that’s effective on 39 pests. Available this fall for use in nurseries, greenhouses and commercial landscapes, XXpire WG controls whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, lepidopterans, lacebugs, certain scales and thrips, and suppresses spider mites. It offers excellent systemic activity to control insects hidden in the plant canopy. Read more>

John Deere JD 1575 with CabTerrainCut front mowers
John Deere’s new 1500 Series TerrainCut front mowers adds five new models to the company’s existing front mower line-up. The model 1575 (pictured) and its counterpart, the 1585, have the only factory-installed cabs on the market and come standard with HVAC, front work lights, flashers, turn signals, windshield wiper, and upholstered, air suspension seat and tilt steering. Curved glass and single-pane, tempered windows provide an unobstructed view no matter what the task. Read more>

iluma Hardscape Retrofit Lighting SystemRetrofit lighting system
New from i-lighting, the iluma Hardscape Retrofit Lighting System allows quick and easy installations with existing hardscape applications ranging from masonry and retaining walls to outdoor kitchens, pillars, columns and complete landscapes. Using the company’s proprietary LED Lighting Simplified connection technology, the iluma Hardscape Retrofit Lighting System is designed with sleek and easily-concealed 5mm wiring and available in several configurations. This includes standard or customizable lengths with an option of 3-inch, 6-inch or 9-inch light strips spaced evenly apart. Read more>

SP-1675 Precision Pro spreader from SnowExPrecision Pro spreader
Ready for winter? It’s never too soon to prepare. The new SP-1675 Precision Pro spreader from SnowEx allows you to spread bulk or bagged ice melting material from 4 to 12 feet wide. With a 6-cubic-foot capacity, the volumetric vane feed system provides consistent material flower to the spinner. The unit is offered with three mounting systems for attaching to three-point hitches, utility vehicles or 2-inch receiver hitches. Read more>  Put the power of perfect pronunciation in your back pocket.  Get the American Nurseryman classified advantage - quick results in five easy steps


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What: Perennial Plant Symposium
When: July 28 to August 1
Where: Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel, Cincinnati
Sponsor: Perennial Plant Association
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Perennial Garden Color
Gardeners in Texas and the South face their own special problems with climate and growing seasons, and they need a guide written specifically for the region in order to have the greatest chance of success. William C. Welch’s Perennial Garden Color directly fills this need, and for years gardeners have relied on this book to aid their efforts to beautify their outdoor spaces. Now in a new Texas A&M University Press edition, this time-tested classic, dubbed a “masterpiece” by Neil Sperry, is available again. Lavishly illustrated with more than 500 breathtaking color photographs, Perennial Garden Color provides detailed information on planting and growing 125 different perennials and their companion plants. Also included are more than a hundred varieties of old garden roses, together with comments on their history and uses.
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