Archive for August, 2013
It is almost time to start filling up your stores with pansies and mums. Of course a few places *cough*(box stores)*cough* have already received their early shipments of fall plants. I have not been by one yet to see what they have. I avoid going to town if at all possible. I hear the mums look pretty good but no one really expect the pansies in 6” pots to survive this week. It has been right at 100 degrees every day this week. Nothing like a good final baking to end the summer.
I fully expected there to be a huge glut of mums on the market due to the cool weather we had in early August. I know that my mums are running 1-2 weeks earlier than usual especially the early varieties. We have some Light Color showing on 4 out of 5 colors now. However, I think we will catch up to where I have only Big Buds or barely Cracking Color as soon as we start shipping heavy.
All of our annuals are looking great. The J6 petunias are a week earlier than usual with more color than the other fall annuals. Pansies, panolas and violas are look very good too. I have put about half of our first crop on the ready list for next week. There is a little bit of dirt showing now which will be covered by next week.
One more thing before we get to our pictures. For those of you who are in Arkansas and are landscapers, the Arkansas Green Industry Association is having a Fall Landscape Day and Fish Fry at The Good Earth Garden Center on Sept. 12. Hope you all can take a day and come out for some education and a good time.
We haven’t announced it yet, but we (Parks Brothers) with the AGIA will also have a Plant Disease Identification Clinic here in Van Buren, AR which will be taught by Sherri Smith, University of Arkansas Plant Health Clinic. Keep an eye out for more information here.
Now for that moment you have all been waiting for……………Pictures!
You can pretty much count on the bloom counts doubling by next Tues/Wed.
Mums – #8
Mums – #12
Our summer has been milder this year compared to our last couple of summers. Of course a 93 degree summer day here after the last two years is like paying less than $3.00 a gallon for gas now. It’s funny what you can get used to.
Every year is different. We went to the lake early this year to avoid the excessive heat. It wasn’t extremely warm, but the wind blew so hard the lake was white-capping for almost the whole week. It was nice for sitting around and enjoying the breeze, but not really the ideal skiing conditions. Now we are going back after Labor Day. I wonder if the water temps are going to cool down to where it might be too cool to enjoy swimming or skiing.
Cooler temps in the summer always mean earlier mums. We had about 2 weeks of night temperatures below 70 in early August when the early varieties of mums start to set bud. Some of the early ones that are apparently more susceptible to the cooler summer temperatures have budded up and are starting to crack some color. One early red in our #8 pots is blooming out fast.
The pictures tell it all. You can see what colors we have available by clicking on the Current Availability link at the top of the right hand menu. The Future Availability shows approximate future availability for the fall mums. You can also see our poinsettia availability.
Also due to a mix up with our fall plug supplier. We got our petunias in a week early and they too are enjoying the weather. That means that they will probably all go bad or get too tall before we can sell them with the other color which isn’t ready…yet.
I expect the rest of our annuals to be ready in 2 weeks including some or maybe all the pansies and violas. It’s still too early for me to make a good call on them.
If you look closely, you can see the difference a cooling pad makes when the pansies are close to it. The dark box in the upper left side is the cooling pad and you can see how the pansies in front of it are fuller and more lush than the ones right next to them not in front of the cooling pad. The pads can lower the temperature in a greenhouse about 10 degrees lower than the ambient temperature. The temperatures directly in front of the pads are 20-30 degrees cooler than the ambient temperature. Once you get 5-6 feet away from the pads, the air warms up considerably.
We are getting close to the fall plant season. We have had great weather for growing mums this summer. I think we will have color out earlier than usual in our mums. I don’t know if we will have anything else to sell with them. Check out the second pic below the video.
We planted our first batch of dianthus, petunias, snapdragons and pansies last week and have another round in to get planted this week. Take a look.
These poinsettias were the last ones we planted out of our first planting. We still have a lot more poinsettias to plant.