Our team at T-Y Nursery thanks you for your continued patronage of our wholesale nursery and for making 2013 a successful year. After a (we hope) restful holiday and eventful New Year’s Eve, are you ready for the new year? We have plenty of availability of new drought-tolerant plants, ornamentals and shade trees ready now for January planting.
Plant shortages seem to be the main topic up for discussion these days, and for good reason. According to our industry’s leading publications, plant shortages in 2014 will be even worse than they were in 2013. So in an effort to make our grower colleagues aware of what shifting stock is available, this month’s newsletter will be entirely devoted to 1g plant material. Much of this material is pruned, or not looking tip top due to the time of year, but for shifting purposes, they will work out just fine.
Let’s start with the fast crops:
|Our 1g Agave Americana are large and will therefore finish quickly. Just root them out in a 5g and they are ready to go. We have plenty in stock for a great selection.|
|1g Buddleja ‘Royal Red’ and ‘Pink Delight’ are also in good supply. As many of you know, these grow very quickly, so a spring ready date is not out of the question if you plant now.|
|The same goes for Cistus — anyone willing to put up a 5g crop has a good chance of making a spring ready date. If you plant now, it will work out perfectly, as you will have a nice fresh crop right when they go into bloom.|
|Our 1g Rosmarinus ‘Prostratus’ are very nice for shifting as well. They will root out from now until spring and, with the fresh flush in late March, they will be just the right size for spring sales.|
|In addition, Spiraeas are pruned and perfect for shifting. Act quickly to hit that April/May window for blooms.|
Now for the slower crops:
|Our 1g Berberis ‘Crimson Pygmy’ are dormant with a nice form. They will make for an excellent fall crop in the next size up.|
|Hibiscus syriacus (a.k.a. the Rose of Sharon) are the same, dormant with nice form. These have already been pruned, saving your production crew a step. The sooner you get these into the next size the better, as their bloom window is summer.|
|The 1g Ilex cornuta ‘Rotunda’ are particularly nice, heavy plants with good form.|
|There is a nice selection of 1g Juniper available as well. We have a great variety of crops, including Sea Green, Andorra Compacta, Bar Harbor, Tamariscifolia, Wichita Blue and Old Gold. We’re expecting our crop of Wichita Blue to sell out quickly as we have heard through the grapevine that there will be a major shortage on upright junipers, so be sure to ask about availability for the variety in which you’re interested.|
|Be one of the first to sell Rhaphiolepis ‘Blueberry Muffin.’ There is a big buzz about it this year, but none of the other growers seem to have caught on to it yet. The foliage takes on a purple tinge in the cold weather, making it a good plant to promote in the winter months.|
|And last, but not least, is the tried and true Nandina domestica. This item typically sells all year, but the majority of sales occur in the fall as the foliage changes to the quintessential colors of autumn. Anything planted now will be ready in time for fall sales.|
Over the past 3 months, those in the know have been preparing for the anticipated shortages by purchasing shifting stock to fill voids in production. These select few will be in a good position this coming spring, which leaves the big question: How does your inventory look? All signs point to this year being hectic due to the shortages, so it makes sense to roll the dice and plant heavy. Contact us to place your order or if you have any questions. Cheers to the New Year!