Some popular crops unfortunately are difficult to root, taking longer on the bench, more time in the mist house, and requiring more heat during those early weeks than more easily rooted plants. Of course, that means increased costs of production. Growers unhappy with this situation should explore the option of purchasing callused cuttings, which have already gone through this high-cost, high-maintenance stage and are ready to be stuck and grown on.
I would like to share with you one thing that stuck in my mind from the last meeting at Metrolina greenhouses. The Van Wingerden trio got their message across very clearly: quality is the number one reason people buy plants, price is second and color third. They also said that plants not cared for were the main reason why customers walked away from the garden center without buying anything. It actually felt very good hearing that one of our largest growers in the country is all about quality. We are on board, quality was always a part of Gediflora’s culture and we are stressing this in every aspect of our business. Our main goal is to help growers deliver exceptional quality plants so no one walks away from the garden center without a purchase. Even with the best genetics from Gediflora we still have to execute each step of the production process flawlessly. For the upcoming garden mum season, you can improve the quality by simply following these production practices described below.
None of them require additional investment but only attention to details:
We recently had the opportunity to hear from Josh Schneider about all of the exciting things going on at Cultivaris. He gave customers a fantastic overview of some of the most exciting breeding breakthroughs. His 45 minute presentation included culture information for the best growing conditions, as well as plant features to ensure its successful retail implementation and marketing.
Expanded product diversity now online for customers
Westminster, CO, September 29, 2015 — ePlantSource has announced an additional 5 companies that have been added to their partner distribution list. Not only do the additional partners offer more supplier options to ePlantSource customers but also a more diverse product list is now available with the addition of bulbs, clematis and many new and exciting varieties.
New partners added for the 2015 - 2016 season:
There is only one answer to this question: do not pinch. You will simply ruin your crop by pinching. This is no longer your grandma’s garden mum which required multiple pinches to induce any branching at all.
Today's genetics from Gediflora are all about branching. In the early vegetative stage it takes 7-8 leaves for the new shoot to develop a crown bud that will terminate its elongation and promote lateral shoots.
Complete assortment from EuroAmerican now available on ePlantSource.com
Westminster, CO, June 9, 2015 — ePlantSource has recently announced a new partnership with EuroAmerican to list their complete assortment on ePlantSource.com. Varieties are available for sale now to customers for the 2015-2016 season.
Complete Hort Couture collection is now available to growers on ePlantSource.com
Westminster, CO, June 2, 2015 — ePlantSource has announced that the complete collection from Hort Couture is now available to be purchased through ePlantSource.com for the 2015-2016 season.
Hort Couture offers exclusive varieties to be retailed through independent garden centers only. They pride themselves on selecting varieties that will help these garden centers stand apart from their big box counterparts. In addition to wow factor they take many things into consideration before introducing new varieties and have a rigorous genetic evaluation program to ensure success for growers, retailers, and consumers alike.
The garden mum season is approaching very quickly and I would like to focus a little on how to treat your rooted and unrooted cuttings after arrival. Your cuttings will be shipped overnight from Grolink in California or from one of our rooting stations throughout US and Canada. You should receive plant material that is very uniform and of highest quality. We recommend that you store your unrooted cuttings in the cooler immediately after arrival at about 40F to prevent them from overheating.
Whether you're thinking of diving into perennial production for the first time, or are looking to expand your current production, there are several questions you need to ask yourself upfront.
They emphasize really understanding your timing & facility constraints along with the kind of assortment (want to be a niche supplier or someone who has it all?) that you want to offer to your customers.
In fact, Dave Eastburn and Kathy Paige from Gro'n Sell have 9 questions to get you started.
Plant Source International
The Plant Source International trials at Speedling’s location in San Juan Batista showcased their broad range of genetics supplied as un-rooted cuttings out of Mexico. They offer patented varieties from several breeders along with a wide assortment of open varieties. Troy said their number one sellers are open varieties; Vinca Vine, Tradescantias, Hedera (ivies) and Coleus. They offer a full line of scented geraniums with a new one from Elsner/PAC that is especially sharp with more flower power than I have seen before on scented geraniums and a large selection of herbs.