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Old 03-25-2010, 03:28 PM
 
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Spring is upon us, and here at Zoysia Farm Nurseries, we are slowly getting ramped up and ready for the season. I am curious and interested to see if anybody else is seeing a change in business this year?

Best of luck to all. Thanks,

Steve S.
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Old 03-25-2010, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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Here in NC, we're seeing a major uptick in soil and seed sales. Fruit tree sales are through the roof. We can't catch a break from 9am til about 6pm almost any day of the week. Saturdays, we're doing 1/3 the business of the entire store. Fridays are just as good. People have been starved for sunlight and warm temperatures. And everyone wants to know how to grow food. It's great.

I work for Lowe's as the Live Nursery Specialist.
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Hernando, FL
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Many parts of Florida broke 50-70 year old records for low temp, consecutive days of below freezing temp, coldest average Jan-Feb temps, etc., and it killed a lot of plants. Sales are expected to be great.
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Old 03-26-2010, 12:05 PM
 
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Here at Rock Bottom Ranch Nursery, in Southern Oregon, we are seeing some early sales. We had a mild winter and the ground isn't frozen, as it usually is this time of year. It feels like we are having an "early" spring. People are eager to start gardening and landscaping - most nurseries aren't open yet, for the season. Some of the landscapers are starting to work early, so we are benifiting from early purchases. We're optimistic that this season will be better than the last. Hope we're right!
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Old 04-01-2010, 10:25 PM
 
Location: somewhere close to Tampa, but closer to the beach
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As mentioned just above, because of this past winter's extreme cold here in FL., there has been a big uptick in nursery business all over the state as people replace dead or severely damaged plant material..especially stuff like Adonidia palms, Crotons, and such.. In fact, it is possible that there may be a shortage of various material this spring due to extensive kill off in some of the big growers' greenhouses down in the southern end of the state..

The biggest thing is that alot of people are understandably nervous about replanting some of the same sensitive plant material which took the greatest hits this winter.. Just remember that a winter like we just came out of is not something which will occur next year..or the year after..This was most likely a once in a century event..and while we will have periodic cold winter episodes, most of even the more sensitive stuff will come through..as it has in the past..

While the freezing temps did alot of the damage, remember that Florida rarely experiences both prolonged freeze events..let alone prolonged cold/ wet winters..which also added to the damage due to the duration at which the soil temp dropped below 62 degrees over a big portion of the state. This in itself can really damage certain tropicals..which is one reason Coconut palms and Royal poinciana are rarely seen in CA. where cold/wet winter soil conditions are much more the norm.

Since the weather started returning to normal here, i have been visiting various nurseries here in town as well as around the region..as well as heading to places like the Botancal gardens to get an idea of which of the more unusual or exotic stuff has come through the winter either completely undamaged or only slightly damaged..Thus far, i have been shocked by some of what i am seeing..

For one, i can say with much confidence that anyone here looking for tough Orchids to grow outdoors needs to look into the Mexican species of Laelia..which are closely related to Cattleya..

The two species i left outside through all of the cold (Anceps and Gouldiana) had 0% damage..with Ancaps flowering right through the heart of the winter..The one thing which may have helped me was that both specimens were sheltered from the NW winds we experienced alot during the cold wave..I was quite surprised at the results following the cold exposure they experienced..I can imagine that had they been up in a dense tree canopy, they'd weather such extreme cold just as easily..and laugh at the occasional couple nights of frosty weather we might experience in a normal winter here..Staghorn ferns and most of the Bromeliads i have seen also did well through the cold..even those which were in spots which exposed to the worst of the cold..

Also, for my fellow palm lovers, that wonderful palm with the red new leaf you may have heard about, or heard me mention here in the past?..Thus far, the specimens i have seen both in a couple yards here in the Clearwater/St. Pete area,..as well as the magnificent group displayed at Selby down in Sarasota..No apparent damage to any of them..all look great..so yes, id really consider a Flame thrower (Chambeyronia macrocarpa) for my collection..if i had a bigger spot for one right now..Heck, i may just buy one anyway..

Give this species overhead shelter like a large oak or two, and you should weather all but the worst possible cold..They like shadier spots anyway..especially when younger..The specimens i have been keeping an eye on are situated beneath large oaks..The others down in Sarasota have the benefit of being close to the bay..but otherwise lack overhead protection..

Also, my Dypsis baronii specimen, which is still small, suffered no damage through the cold..while many of this species brother, the common Areca palm here (Dypsis lutescens) look terrible..lol..I'll go further into detail on what i am seeing palms-wise in a thread here later..but, in short, there have been many surprises..

For one, there is a yard not to far from me full of exotic palms which, last time i checked..had 0 damage..While that neighborhood is close to a lake, and tree-filled, some of the palm species there should have really taken a beating..

Not too far from this residence, in a newer neighborhood where both Royal and coconut palms were planted extensively..they all were brown..and not looking so good..have to take a look at that area again soon..This area lacks existing trees and sits on sort of a ridge..yet, not far away, other Royals completely exposed got burnt, but otherwise were fine..All specimens appear to be roughly the same height and age..

Nursery-wise, i am sure it will be a big year..and not just here in the sunshine state..Just remember as you shop, don't let a rare winter stop you from those exotics you really want in your landscapes..just no Christmas palms, Mangoes, or Ixora in snowy places..thats just not gonna happen...
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