ThinkPlants is expanding its partnership network. Danziger and Syngenta Flowers North America, are announcing the addition of KiwiFlora genetics to the ThinkPlants family of products, joining the previous additions of Kapiteyn and Unex. The partnership combines plant genetics with a marketing and supply strategy under a unified organization.
ThinkPlants offers growers a commitment to breeding a diverse mix of improved plant genetics, with a healthy supply chain of top-quality URC, bareroot, liners, bulbs and seed. Each ThinkPlants partner brings expertise in plant breeding, horticulture, technical support, supply chain, sales and marketing. Together, the companies offer sales and broker teams plant material backed by a marketing message.
Danziger and Syngenta offer their respective perennial portfolios in the United States and Canada under the ThinkPlants initiative. Kapiteyn b.v. of Breezand, the Netherlands, the breeder and supplier of Captain Callas, provides bulbs to the program. Unex USA, LLC, a supplier of bareroot perennials and bulbs from Holland, offers bare root perennials and bulbs in North America for ThinkPlants. KiwiFlora, a global plant variety management company out of New Zealand, will add the Dianthus Scent from Heaven series to the ThinkPlants line up.
“ThinkPlants is a creative collaboration, with strong partners offering the highest quality perennials, bulbs and more,” says Joey Wiseman, head of ThinkPlants. “In addition to providing access to a high-quality supply chain providing premium plant material, we are also focusing on bringing in new genetics for the North American market and providing top-notch customer service. We are committed to making perennial programs easier and more efficient for growers, brokers and retailers.”
To learn more about ThinkPlants visit ThinkPlants.com. Be sure to see us at Cultivate ’19, Booth #1525, July 13-16, 2019 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus.
In conjunction with the Kirby appointment, David House is retiring after 37 years with the company, first as Village Nurseries CEO, then president of the West Coast Division of TreeTown USA.
"I believe the sale of the company to TreeTown USA is the best thing that could have ever happened to Village Nurseries,” House said. “We are now part of a much larger family, one that continues to grow under the leadership of Jonathan Saperstein. While the company continues to grow, it still maintains the same family-like culture we shared at Village which is something everyone should be proud to be a part of. On a more personal note, I am certain that my father, Tom, who started the company and has since passed, is proud of all of our accomplishments and certainly where the company is heading."
In 2017, TreeTown USA acquired Village Nurseries in California as the first branch of its West Coast Division. In 2018, the company acquired Hines Growers in California and Oregon. With these recent acquisitions, the combined company now has a coast-to-coast footprint, including 18 growing facilities totaling over 6,000 production acres across Texas, Florida, Oregon and California.
"David House’s industry knowledge and proven leadership abilities helped propel Village Nurseries into one of America’s most successful wholesale nurseries dedicated to landscape professionals," Saperstein said. "Bringing him into the TreeTown USA family was one of the major factors in acquiring his company. We wish him a wonderful, productive, and stress-free retirement from the nursery industry."
Here’s one resident who may welcome the extreme cold wave. Your local ash tree.
The extreme temperatures moving in with Sunday’s arctic blast may kill off a significant percentage of emerald ash borer larvae, according to one of the premier forestry experts in Minnesota.
PBH rice hulls, a product of Riceland Foods, Inc., are the new go-to topdressing material for controlling weeds in nursery containers. Applied at a depth of one to two inches at potting, PBH rice hulls help prevent airborne weed seeds from reaching the growing media and germinating. The result is a dramatic reduction in container weeds, including moss species and liverwort.
Developed by growers, this container topdressing technique significantly reduces hand weeding labor and expense, offers excellent potential for less herbicide use and can decrease drought stress and watering. All for just pennies per container.
Topdressing containers with uniquely processed and parboiled PBH rice hulls supports sustainable plant production. It provides growers with a new method of economical, earth-friendly weed control and is now substantiated by USDA research.
PBH rice hulls are also widely used by greenhouse growers as a replacement for perlite in the growing mix. Uniquely processed and parboiled to verify purity, PBH offers a lower basic cost than perlite and is dramatically less dusty in the mixing environment. PBH Nature’s Media Amendment provides the physical size, shape and bulking properties to produce optimum growing mix porosity, drainage and stability with little or no adjustment to fertility and irrigation.
PBH rice hulls are OMRI Listed® and WSDA registered, making them suitable for both organic and traditional plant production. Highly compressed when packaged, PBH rice hulls are available in a 50-lb. standard bag or 30-cu.-ft. bulk bale. The highly compressed packaging lowers freight costs, generates less waste and minimizes storage and handling.
PBH rice hulls are a product of Riceland Foods, Inc. For more information and a list of distributors, visit http://www.riceland.com/pages/rice-hull-products/ or call 870-673-5575.