HortPost, August 3, 2016

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August 3, 2016



Freshen up containers for fall

Containers often look tired at the end of summer, but some of the plants may still be in good shape or just needing a cleanup or quick trim. One way to drive sales in fall is to offer a class on how to refresh containers to get them ready for fall.  Teach gardeners how to assess the overall health of each plant, explain which plants should be replaced if their blooming season is over, and how to determine which plants can be kept and cleaned up. Have a good selection of both shade and sun fall color, and don’t be shy about using perennials with colorful foliage such as Heuchera or great fall bloomers like Aster for seasonal interest.



Customers care about pollinators

As consumers we regularly read about the importance of pollinators, pollinator decline, and information about pollinator health. A recent Michigan State University study found that consumers valued ornamental plants labeled with insect management practices such as “bee-friendly” or “grown using best insect management to protect pollinators” over plants labeled with eco-friendly practices such as “grown using recycled/recaptured water”. Consumers were willing to pay more for plants labeled “bee-friendly insect management”, despite the fact that more than 30% of consumers were confused by the “bee-friendly” labeling. These consumers thought that the label referred to the plant’s food source quality rather that the pest management practices. Promoting pollinators and the practices that protect them can be a win-win for your business and the environment. Source: Michigan State University Extension 


SOLO 4 PLUS thermal transfer printer

This 4-inch thermal transfer printer produces 203-dpi images, perfect for both logos and bar codes. It prints strip tags, hang tags, pressure sensitive labels and pot stakes up to .012" thick at and 2-6 inches per second.  A solid printer with years of proven performance in the nursery industry.  Can be used stand-alone, without a computer.

The Solo 4 features standard parallel, serial and USB ports. It accepts any standard PS2 keyboard for stand-alone use. Includes 2 MB Flash plus 2 MB DRAM Memory. Pre-loaded with label templates and comes equipped with Q-Label label design software. 2-year warranty and free technical support. Check it out on line or give us a call for more information.


Trellis Pyramid Caps

These soft rubber caps hold 3 bamboo stakes firmly in place to form a perfect pyramid trellis. The cap holes are tapered to securely hold varying thicknesses of bamboo stakes up to 6’ tall. 1,000 per package

Enter TRPYRCAPAUG16 in the shopping cart window to receive 10% off your purchase of Trellis Pyramid Caps.



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