Per an announcement from AmericanHort, a new overtime law will go into effect in January 2020, which could affect businesses across the U.S. To learn more about how this law could impact the horticulture industry, join AmericanHort on Dec. 10, at 11:30 AM, EDT. Chris Schulte of CJ Lake LLC will discuss what to expect and share information to help industry members understand the common trouble patches and “gotchas” on overtime and exemptions in the horticulture industry.
According to a press release, Florikan ESA has hired Kevin Branch. Branch will be taking on the role of Senior Account Manager. He will be using his technical skill and relationships to help build Florikan sales through the company’s current distribution partners.
Further assisting in this effort is the opening of the dedicated Florikan Distribution Center, a 35,000 square foot expansion in Bowling Green, Florida.
“Kevin fits nicely into our plans for growth in the controlled release fertilizer market. He has tremendous experience helping growers in many different markets,” said Chad Keel, Director of Business Operations. “His passion for the industry go alongside the commitment we have at Florikan. We look forward to having him on the team where our purpose is to help growers find a better way.”
Branch benefits from 20 years of sales leadership in the professional horticulture business sector. His past success should provide confidence to Florikan’s customers they will receive an unmatched level of technical knowledge and customer support.
“I’m looking forward to an exciting opportunity with Florikan, a company that supports the nursery industry, as well innovations in the controlled release fertilizer market,” said Branch. “Florikan is well known and established in the nursery business.”
Althea is another plant native to China that does well over a wide range of North America in Zones 5-9.
Lady Bug is a new semi-dwarf cultivar that grows slowly in a dense, broadly upright form and at maturity may reach a height of 6 to 8 feet. Lady Bug produces large quantities of flowers over six to eight weeks or more where conditions are favorable. The 3.5- to 4-inch flowers begin as large buds with sepals covering developing flower petals. As the petals extend above the sepals, distinct bright red blotches develop on the exposed petals. But fully opened flowers are entirely a soft pink, since the red blotches are now on the backs of the outside row of petals. Lady Bug is sterile, and as a result flowers remain showy for about 2.5 days with no seeds. Foliage remains green throughout the growing season.
Lady Bug is easy to propagate from softwood cuttings and flowers well, even in a 1-gallon container. Typical flowers of althea cultivars or seedlings open in the morning and begin to become less attractive or drop by late afternoon after being pollinated. By contrast, Lady Bug flowers open in morning, stay attractive the full day and do not fall until the next afternoon, creating a great flower show during evening hours. During 28 years of breeding althea at Lacebark, no disease or insect problems have been observed. Lady Bug grows well in most soils, even where drainage is marginal. Since althea flowers on new growth, the more growth equals more flowers. This is also advantageous in that if the top is killed by cold or some other hazard, or the plant gets too large, simply cut off the top and with the resumption of new growth in spring and flowering will progress normally.
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Source: Lacebark Inc.
On Nov. 19, a Kansas State University horticulture student earned the Shinoda Foundation’s most prestigious award. Renata Goosen, a junior from Potwin, Kansas, is the 2019-20 Shinoda Scholar of the Year, and will receive a scholarship amount of $7,500.
“Renata’s problem-solving skills and work ethic set her apart, as well as her ability to work quickly while maintaining quality,” says Bob Otsuka, president of the Shinoda Foundation. “These are key attributes today’s horticulture companies seek, and just a few of the reasons why Renata is our newest Scholar of the Year.”
Renata is working toward a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Floriculture Production. “My career goal is to be part of a commercial operation that is forward-thinking, benefitting not only our industry, but also society as a whole,” she says.
In addition to the Shinoda Scholar of the Year award, Renata earned the Kansas State University Foundation Plus Scholarship, Buchanan Memorial Scholarship, Virginia N. Gibson Scholarship, George A. and Esther Filinger Scholarship, American Sheep Industry National Scholarship, Kansas Nursery & Landscape Association Scholarship and the National Association of Landscape Professionals Scholarship.
She has received academic honors from the Kansas State College of Agriculture and is a member of the Horticulture Club and the Kansas State University National Collegiate Landscape and Contracting Team.
The Shinoda Foundation Board of Trustees awarded eight scholarships this year totaling $23,500 and provided grants to the winners’ colleges and universities. Since 1965, The Shinoda Foundation has awarded more than $890,000 in scholarships to 706 students.
According to a press release, the Plant California Alliance has unveiled a new website, and it can be found at www.plantcalifornia.com. The Plant California Alliance, launched in March 2019, represents a unification of farmers, wholesalers, retail garden centers, landscape suppliers, manufacturers and other experts who work together to advocate for nurseries, horticulture and the California lifestyle. Included on the new website are details about Plant California Alliance’s activities, programs and mission. Nursery industry members can also learn more about how to join Plant California Alliance and the many benefits of membership.
“The Plant California Alliance believes that a strong, viable nursery industry is critical to life in California,” said Clayton Smith of Monterey Lawn & Garden who serves as chairman of the new organization. “Our organization benefits members in many ways and our new membership committee and Board have worked to establish a dues structure that is fair and easy to understand with memberships available to all sizes of growers, wholesalers, retailers and professionals throughout the nursery industry.”
The application for membership is available online or can be downloaded, printed and mailed into the organization’s headquarters in Sacramento, California. The website also provides an online portal for the state’s most respected certification and testing program for retail nursery employees. This program, known as CCN Pro, offers an opportunity for nursery employees to become more knowledgeable and helpful to customers as well as becoming a more valuable employee.
“Everything you need to know about becoming a CCN Pro is available on our new website and participants can now register for tests, buy study materials and download application forms online,” said Ann Quinn, who manages the CCN Pro program on behalf of the Plant California Alliance. “We are very excited to make this important program more accessible to nursery employees throughout the state and we encourage them to check out all of the information on the CCN Pro program through our new website.”
Other information available on the website includes a list of the Plant California Alliance Board members and staff; links to several organizations who work collaboratively with Plant California Alliance and information on available scholarship opportunities. Coming soon is an archive of important nursery industry research projects and information on upcoming events and networking opportunities for Plant California Alliance members.
In addition to the website, interested nursery industry members can follow Plant California Alliance on Facebook.