- Author: Maureen Clark
It's raining once again. Because I'm a plant enthusiast and I loooove going to see the little plants growing. My favorite thing to do is to visit wholesale plant nurseries.
ESCHSCHOLZIA caespitosa 'Sundew'
Most wholesale nurseries buy pre-ordered plug starts. Plant plugs are seedlings which have been germinated and grown in trays of small cells. When the roots have grown sufficiently, they can then be transplanted into larger containers. Emerisa and Blooms both use an automated system to step up their plants into six pack or 4” containers. The plugs are moved to a central location. The hopper is filled with soil and used to fill the 4” containers. The extra soil is swept and blown off. The 4” containers continue down the conveyer belt. The dibber presses a small indentation into the soil of each container. The plugs are inserted by hand into the soil. The depth that the plug is placed is precise. The new plants are watered and moved to a specified location.
Blooms Wholesale have been in business for 35 years this year. Their growing grounds are about 2 acres. Blooms is known for growing all their plants without neonicotinoids or growth hormones. Their flowers are “Bee Friendly” and “Happy Plants”. They assign a number to every plant variety. Annie, Wendy and their comrades can easily track the number of plants they have, when they will be ready and where they are located. They do a fantastic job with their babies. Their plants are always high quality.
Emerisa Gardens is a family owned wholesale nursery. They have been in business for 25 years. The have 20 acres with approximately 50 growing houses. They start their plants from cuttings, division, seeds and from plant plugs. They grow organic vegetables and herbs. The plants are grown in specific areas, according to the plant's genus, species and their growing requirements. If the plants start to get insects or fungi problems, Farlan will use only organic sprays on them. He is very particular about his soil media. He is always creating a new soil mix and testing them out. It was great to see Arifah, Cheryl, Farlan, Ryan, and Adriana.
When you are out shopping for plants look for labels from Blooms and Emerisa. They are sure to liven up your garden!