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Re: Help with H. americana!

Re > since I won't have as much of a 'growing on' period

Yes, I guess the first year is rough. I remember Gene saying he gets most things in the year b4 he sells them and grows them on before offering them. In our MG nursery, we get our plants in mid April, first sale is near the end of May. At that sale we offer last years leftovers, plants from last year that needed growing on, and some of our new plants. Some of our new plants are either so well rooted or simply quick growers, that we can offer them in gallons. Some aren't and we will offer them in quarts at a slightly lower price so we can get our inventory worked down a bit. But we won't put a plant out for sale that isn't reasonably rooted in its pot.

Some plants simply can't be sold that first year. The Painted Ferns, some TS Hostas, and Hydrangeas have to grow on for next year. Your Hepatica may fall into that category.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Christopher P. Lindsey" <lindsey@mallorn.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, March 17, 2006 2:52 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Help with H. americana!

That is one of the things that makes me come back or
shop elsewhere in the future. I can't stand when I end
up buying a 'plug' at the cost of gallons...When I was
running the native plant sales, our pricing was real-
you got what you paid for and we had a variety of
Yeah.  Some of their other stuff was really impressive looking,
but some of it was puny.  But the Hepatica were really bad.

They had packed the plants with long strips of shredded newspaper,
so in taking them out all of the plants were tangled and just
floating around in the box.

BTW, I do realize some plants are worth more than
others, but don't advertize a large plant when you are
getting a small one with some extra dirt just thrown
in... which most likely is what happened to Chris -
not enough root system to keep it in the pot during
This is one of the reasons why I tried buying larger plants this
year; since I won't have as much of a 'growing on' period as I'd
like, I'm eating the cost and ordering larger plants.  But boy, they
got me good on this one.  :)

I think I'll have to unlist it from my catalog.  :(


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