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The Waverly Farm Blog

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Plant of the Month: Prolific Blooming Viburnum plicatum 'Popcorn'

Real flower power! That’s how the cultivar Viburnum plicatum ‘Popcorn’ is described by experts. It flowers earlier and more prolifically than similar varieties, which is just one of the reasons it earned the ...

Plant of the Month, Viburnum plicatum
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Will Mycorrhizal Inoculants Produce a Better Nursery Plant?

Should field production growers invest in mycorrhizal inoculation materials in hopes of achieving improved tree and shrub growth in the nursery? We believe it's important to explore ways to continuously improve processes with the goal of turning out better plant ...

Mycorrhizae, Mycorrhizal Inoculants
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Plant of the Month: Winter Hardy ‘Hicksii’ Yew

Evergreen shrubbery plays a critical role in landscape design. There great cultivars made especially for screening, hedging, or foundation planting. All you have to decide is what type of plant is best suited to your needs. One of our favorite options is the Hicksii yew, specifically the hybrid ...

Plant of the Month, Hicksii Yew
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Ensuring Nursery Plants Arrive at the Job Site Looking Picture Perfect

After you spend days picking out the perfect nursery plants for your landscape project, the last thing you want to worry about is delivery. Perhaps you’ve experienced that unpleasant surprise once or twice–that plants ...

Best Practices, Shipping prep
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Giving Landscaping Trees a Good Start at the Nursery

As a landscaper, you want to know as much as you can about the expected hardiness and survival rate of plants you install. When you place an order for landscaping trees, you want to know that they are solid—that they were grown not just to make a good first impression, but to ...

Best Practices
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Solving Plant Shortages in a High-Demand Landscaping Market

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Plant of the Month: Cornus kousa Chinensis (Chinese Dogwood)

Every spring and summer, flowering dogwoods put on a gorgeous display. Their profuse blooms come in shades of showy white, pink, light green, red, and cream. And their abundance of flowers gives them almost universal appeal.

Plant of the Month, Cornus
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The Value of Field Grown Trees and Shrubs Compared to Container Grown

Some nurseries specialize in container growing or a mix of container and field grown. Others devote their efforts exclusively to field production of their trees and shrubs. You might choose one over the other depending on the customer or project you are purchasing for.

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Sourcing Wholesale Plants: Why a Nursery Tour Is Essential to Success

As a landscaping professional you are always on the lookout for the next new source of wholesale plants. You want growers who can deliver the high caliber wholesale plants you need when you need them. How should you make choices about the nurseries you decide to work with? There is no substitute ...

Nursery partnerships
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Landscape Trees and Shrubs: How Root Ball Size Relates to Success

Is there a connection between root ball size and the quality of the landscape trees and shrubs it supports? We say yes.

Best Practices, Root Ball Size
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Plant of the Month: Late Blooming Magnolia ‘Ann’

Flowering trees that can liven up your garden in spring with brilliant flowers are always in high demand. The good news is that the genus Magnolia contains about 100 species (including hybrid cultivars) of deciduous and evergreen trees to choose from. Almost all feature large simple leaves and ...

Plant of the Month, Little Girl Magnolias
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Root Flare: How Planting Depth Impacts the Longevity of Nursery Trees in the Landscape

Many things must go right to ensure that a rooted cutting or graft grows into a robust nursery tree or shrub in the field. Above all, planting depth at the nursery (and later when the tree is installed in a landscape) is critical because it determines whether the root flare will develop above ...

Best Practices, Root Flare
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Why Nursery Plant Propagation and Planting Technique Matter

As a buyer looking at that finished plant in a re-wholesale yard, you can’t possibly know everything that went into producing it–much less the plant propagation and planting techniques employed. If you like it, you like it. If you don’t, you don’t. Much of the transaction is instinctive. But the ...

Best Practices, Plant Propagation
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Choose Your Nurseries Based on Grower Specialties

In an ideal world, you’d have your go-to wholesale nursery where you would pick up everything you need all in one shot. That, sorry to say, is not the world we live in. And that’s why we have rewholesale distributors. Rewholesalers have to become experts at choosing growers based on their ...

Nursery partnerships
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Plant of the Month: Clethra alnifolia “Sweet Pepperbush”

Deciduous shrubs with fragrant summer blooms are a must-have for any landscape project. Bringing both beauty and ambiance, these shrubs are a fantastic way to enhance any garden, whether naturalized, wild, or heavily landscaped. The key is to choose a shrub that is both low maintenance and ...

Plant of the Month, Clethra alnifolia
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Cultivar Substitutions That Make Your Project Budget Work

Cultivar Substitutions for the Three Most In Demand Landscaping Plants Do I love to change my plans in the middle of a project? No, I do not. 

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Price and Value: A Nursery Plant is Only as Good As the Grower

The price is always too high if the plant quality is low I think it’s pretty much built in for most of us: That desire to get the best deal in any transaction. We may dream of finding a field grown nursery plant in the same cultivar of the same quality but at a lower price. We all have ...

Plant Pricing
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Planting Plans, Fixed Budget Proposals, and Pricing Reality

Make Sure Your Fixed Budget Planting Plan Is Based on Accurate Pricing Our job has been booked and the planting plan is set. We have to make it work with the budget we have. Can you help us? Whoops! “Winging it” may sometimes be necessary ...

Plant Pricing
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Plant of the Month: Thuja Occidentalis ‘Thin Man’

Needled evergreens are some of our favorite foliage. Not only are they attractive year-round—holding their vibrant green color even in winter—but they also tend to be hardy, heat tolerant, and easy to prune. They also are relatively fast-growing and low-maintenance, which means they are an ...

Plant of the Month, Thuja
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Under-utilized Cultivars Part Two: Dwarf and Slow-Growing Shrubs

The plants you use the most are getting harder to find each year, right? Those “go-to” cultivars always seem to be sold out before you can get them. 

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Under-utilized Cultivars Part One: Get to Know Them & Start to Use Them

We all know there is enormous variety in the plant world. Yet when you are having trouble locating the cultivars you use the most, the ones most requested by your customers, you might feel like you are out of options. You are not. Breeders all over the world continue to develop new and ...

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Investing in "Deer Resistant" Shrubs & Trees

Throw a few venison burgers on the grill, because this business has driven the thought of deer as anything but a nuisance out of my head long ago. Deer are a problem that keeps coming back for more and in greater numbers after each breeding season. Solutions are a challenge since “deer resistant ...

Deer Resistant Plants
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Plant of the Month: Cryptomeria japonica ‘Yoshino’

Evergreens are a value-add to any landscape. They are attractive year-round, resistant to the cold, and many provide wonderful fragrance for homeowners to enjoy. They also tend to grow large and live for a long time (hundreds of years), making them an excellent choice for windscreens, borders, ...

Plant of the Month, Cryptomeria
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It's All in the Timing: Deliver Plants When It's Time to Dig

This is a business where patience is a hard-won virtue. Some days I’m more virtuous than others. But I do know that when it comes to delivering plants that are truly ready for market, timing -and therefore patience- is everything. 

Timing the dig
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Choosing Salt Tolerant Plants for Your Waterside Landscape

Salt is great for curing ham, but it does not cure much when it comes to your landscape -- quite the opposite. Most plants can't handle it. Fortunately for landscapers, there are some salt tolerant plants. And they belong to a small but tenacious minority in the plant world.

Salt Tolerant Plants
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American Holly - One Rule for Pollination and Fruiting

Brilliant clusters of holly berries nestled among those deep green leaves on a holly shrub - it’s an iconic part of a winter landscape that I really enjoy. There are different holly categories, but the popular

Pollination & Fruiting, Ilex
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Plant of the Month: Syringa Patula ‘Miss Kim’

Lilacs are renowned for their colorful and fragrant panicles. There are few spring bloomers more desirable when it comes to their splendor. After all, who doesn’t love a gorgeous purple, magenta, white, pink, or bluish-colored flower in the spring?

Plant of the Month, Syringa
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Fact Check: Native Plants vs. Cultivated Natives

More and more customers, from individual homeowners to landscaping companies to property management teams, are looking for native plants for their landscaping projects. On this subject I find the need for a nuanced approach, because there are native plants, and then there are cultivated native ...

Native Plants
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Is It Over for Boxwood? Considering Boxwood Blight

Boxwood is versatile and useful, but some in the landscape industry are afraid to use it because of the recent scares around boxwood blight. Your customers may have questions about boxwood, or they may just be ordering what they think of as alternatives. Alternatives are out there, but there is ...

Boxwood Blight
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Plant of the Month: Buxus ‘Green Mountain’

We love the look and feel of boxwood evergreens. From low hedges to well-designed topiaries and focal points, buxus offers homeowners an elegant and timeless solution for both formal and informal landscapes. Every species of shrub and tree offers something unique.

Plant of the Month, Buxus
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Plants That Like Wet Soil - For Poorly Drained Sites

For any plant to thrive, it needs oxygen and soil moisture--but also decent drainage. Some plants can tolerate a poorly drained, sopping wet site better than others. Some can even tolerate short term flooding--but not constant submersion. Most plants won’t survive if they are just sitting in ...

Plants for Wet Soil
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Shade Loving Shrubs and Trees - It's a Matter of Degrees

Customers are VERY interested in how different shrubs and trees tolerate sun or shade once they are installed in a landscape. They may be particularly interested after a bad experience with a plant that burned up in the sunlight or failed to thrive in too much shade. We all know that most plants ...

Shade loving shrubs
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Plant of the Month: Viburnum Alleghany

It seems unfair for a nursery to choose a favorite plant above all others. It’s like a parent choosing a favorite child. You’re not supposed to do that! We’ll side step that sticky issue by choosing a favorite for just this month. Although all the plants we grow here have wonderful ...

Plant of the Month, viburnum
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