Archive for January, 2015
We have added in a bunch of new flowers in our #6 size. We have really beefed up our #6 Premium line. Before this year all we had was caladiums, geraniums and a few vegetative petunias. Now we have added in new types of begonias, cannas, Bounce Impatiens and verbenas.
If you are not aware of how they came up with the Bounce name for the new Impatiens, I will tell you. These Impatiens are supposed to be able to wilt completely down to nothing, to the point where you think they are dead then water them again and watch them bounce back. One of our supplier reps did a trial of these at her house and left them for a week in the middle of summer while she was gone so they received no water for that week. When she got back they looked dead. She watered them and they did come back but it took them 3-4 weeks to fully recover. I suspect that their recovery time is directly related to how long they have gone with our water.
The availability of the Jurassic Begonias will be limited this spring due to a cutting shortage. Also I believe that they pulled the seed for one of the colors of Cannas as well but I am not sure which one.
The new Velour Wave Petunias are great colors and I think that they will become the top selling colors in a year or two. We also added 2 new colors of Kong Coleus that help add different shades to the series.
The NuMex Easter Ornamental Pepper was the first ornamental pepper selected to be an All American Selection.
#6 Basic Annuals
- CELOSIA (Cockscomb)- Tornado Red (picture © www.harrisseeds.com)
- PEPPER – ORNAMENTAL – NuMex Easter (replaces Sangria) (picture All-America Selections®)
#6 Deluxe Annuals
- COLEUS – Kong Jr Scarlet
- COLEUS – Kong Lime Sprite
- PETUNIA – Easy Wave Burgundy Velour
- PETUNIA – Easy Wave Red Velour
#6 Premium Annuals
- BEGONIA – Jurassic Green Streak Rex
- BEGONIA – Jurassic Pink Shades Rex
- BEGONIA – Jurassic Silver Point Rex
- BEGONIA – Jurassic Silver Swirl Rex
- BEGONIA – Jurassic Watermelon Rex
- BEGONIA – Sparks Will Fly
- CANNA – Cannova Bronze Scarlet
- CANNA – Cannova Red Shades
- CANNA – Cannova Yellow
- CALADIUM – Red Flash (not pictured)
- IMPATIENS – Bounce Cherry
- IMPATIENS – Bounce Lilac
- IMPATIENS – Bounce Pink Flame
- IMPATIENS – Bounce Violet
- IMPATIENS – Bounce White
- GERANIUM – ZONAL – Americana Light Pink Splash
- PETUNIA – Surprise Midnight Cowboy
- PETUNIA – Surprise Yellow
- VERBENA – Empress Flair Burgundy
- VERBENA – Empress Flair Lavender Blue
- VERBENA – Empress Flair Peach
- VERBENA – Empress Flair Pink Charme
- VERBENA – Empress Flair Red
This spring we are happy to announce that we will be offering a line of organically grown herbs and vegetables call Peace Farm Organics. These herbs and vegetabes are grown by Centeno Greenhouse which is a sub-grower for us. Leigh Ann Centeno, who is our sales manager and also the daughter of one of the Parks Brothers, has worked hard to get her greenhouse ready and approved for organic growing.
The Peace Farm Organics are USDA Certified Organic and GMO free. All of the vegetable and herb seeds used in production were purchases through companies that are participating in the NON-GMO Project Verified program. All of the input materials are Certified Organic and comes from the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) approved sources.
POP will be available with artwork featuring Fayetteville, AR artist Stephanie Mallicote.
Listed below are the herbs and vegetables we will have available in the Peace Farm Organics:
- Basil – Sweet
- Lemon Grass
- Parsley – Curled
- Parsley – Plain
- Bell – (Mini) Bangles Mix
- Bell – (Green) California Wonder
- Chili Ancho
- Numex Joe E. Parker
- Arkansas Traveler
- Black Cherry
- Cherokee Purple
- Indigo Rose
- Peacevine Cherry
Hello everyone. It has been a while since I posted anything. We have been working hard getting ready for spring. Cuttings and liners have been coming in weekly. The cold weather hasn’t been too hard on the cutting shipments. Everything we have planted so far looks really good.
The cloudy weather has affected productions some with seed propagation and some of the early plantings. We have not had very many sunny days. When that happens, seeds take longer to sprout and the plants that we have planted or that we plant that don’t get enough sun slow down. Right now, we estimate that some items are 1-2 weeks behind schedule.
Some people will ask why we don’t turn the heat up and make them grow. This is not a recommended growing practice. It can be done but the plants will generally be spindly looking, soft and overall of lesser quality.
I wouldn’t worry though. Plants were created to grow and bloom. They will kick start once they get some sunny weather. They may not catch up all the way but they will make up a lot of time in the coming weeks.
Now for the new stuff. This will be the first of several posts highlighting the new additions to our productions. This first post will show you the new additions to the quart Proven Winners that we are producing.
Snowstorm Blue Bubbles – I saw this Bacopa at the Nursery Expo in Texas last summer and really liked it so we added it in. This is a new item from PW this year so we will have to see how well it performs. I can tell you that it was covered in double blooms and looked great.
Dreamsicle – this is a top selling color of the Superbells and a unique orange color
Grape Punch – this is another top selling Superbells and also a good addition to the other Punch Superbells we are already growing.
Sweet Tart – my wife actually picked out this color. Enough said.
Dark Knight – this is another new introduction from PW. It is covered in blooms in various shades of purple and is supposed to be heat and drought tolerant. I was told it performs better than the original Snow Princess in the summers. We shall see.
Oxalis Zinfandel – we wanted thought that with would be a good addition to help expand our line by adding a dark colored accent plant that could be used with any of the PW plants or in any other planting that you might need it for.
We had way too many pink Supertunias so we added in a couple of more colors.
Black Cherry – this is a new color too. The samples that I saw at last year’s trades shows were impressive. The bloom color is awesome. I think that this color will soon become a top seller too with the eye-catching deep red blooms
Limoncello – yellow petunias are not particularly good performing plants, but I thought we could give this one a try. Again, this one is new too and the samples I saw were nice. I hope that the Limocello Supertunia can live up to the Supertunia rep of being solid performers.
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