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Ten Perfect Plants for Pollinators

Posted by Robin Siktberg on Nov 23, 2015 10:10:21 AM

With the noticeable absence of the once-ubiquitous monarch butterfly and the White House’s release this summer of its Pollinator Research Action Plan, consumers are at last becoming aware of a topic once confined to research papers and entomologists’ conferences. Coupled with the high-profile neonicotinoid controversy and the alarming decrease of honeybee colonies, people are starting to ask, “What’s happening?” and, more importantly, “What can I do?”

This is where you come in. Promoting pollinator-friendly plants, along with tags and packaging that communicates the message shows consumers how they can be part of the solution. Encourage your retailer customers to create displays focusing on the plight of pollinators along with suggestions on how to help, from creating backyard habitats to having bee-friendly plants in pots or hanging baskets. It’s a win-win, because many pollinator plants are easily available, fragrant and/or have attractive flowers (to attract pollinators, of course!).

There are dozens of choices, but here are 10 types of plants that not only attract bees and butterflies, but customers, too.

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Topics: Variety Selection, Professional Greenhouse Grower, Retail Garden Center, Pollinators

Improving Your Competitive Advantage

Posted by Suzanne McKee on Nov 17, 2014 2:03:00 PM

We recently wrapped up a series on how companies in our industry can improve their competitive advantage by simplyfing your business model, utilizing the right tools, and selecting the varieties that will succeed for your programs. We picked the brains of experts across North America to get their suggestions on each of these topics and wanted to bring them all together in one place for your reference.

For the first in the series, we have input from Gary Falkenstein, President/CEO of ePlantSource and industry vet sharing his top three best practices for running a streamlined, profitable and flexible business in the ever-changing landscape of the floriculture industry.

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Topics: ePlantSource, Industry Trends, Variety Selection, Annuals, Professional Greenhouse Grower

How To Select Annual Varieties To Produce

Posted by Sara Tambascio (Guest Blogger) on Sep 12, 2014 6:57:00 AM

Plant breeders release thousands of new variety introductions and improvements every year. These hit the market on top of all the varieties already included in breeders’ product catalogs. How should growers evaluate new introductions, as well as the varieties they’re already producing for customers?

We asked Susie Raker-Zimmerman of C. Raker and Sons. Raker-Zimmerman evaluates the offerings for the young plant operation each year, and says for her, it’s a constant, year-round process. Here’s how she does it.  

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Topics: ePlantSource, Variety Selection, Annuals, Professional Greenhouse Grower

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