Thursday, September 18, 2014

Update from Propagation

Loma Vista propagation is working furiously to meet our propagation plan despite the shortened season; as you might remember we were still having night-time temperatures in the low 30's in late May.  We started the season with tree and grass seeds and will end it with hardwood cuttings of Juniper and Chamaecyparis. 

Calamagrostis Karl Foerster 

In the meantime, we divided grasses and planted unrooted cuttings for next spring's perennial crop and propagated much of the nursery's 2016 crop of shrubs.

Bloom A Thon Azaleas 

I am ordering seeds for the 2015 tree seedling crop which includes many of the oaks, white pine, redbud, catalpa and populus. 

PInus strobus seedling

One of my fondest early memories from this exciting year was watching the emergence of white pine seedlings. 


Many thanks to our great Loma Vista propagation team!

Propagation Team   
We would love show you Loma Vista's container farm in person.  Please contact your sales representative or send an email to to make arrangements for a tour.  

By Patricia Osborn, Propagation Manager, Loma Vista Nursery

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Availability Comments

Keeping our customers informed as to the current pruning stage that our plants are in, is very important to us. To accomplish this, our availability report has this information posted in the comments section. These comments are updated as our crews report their daily pruning activities.

For this article we have included some photos to help visually explain the difference between our lightly sheared comment and our pruned comment. Also, we often prune or shear a % of a crop to allow us to keep a good portion ready to ship, while pruning the remaining portion to promote vigorous and full bodied growth.


Manhattan Euonymus 

In the 1st photo of our EUONYMUS kiaut Manhattan 5 gallon plants you can see our unpruned plant on the left, a "lightly sheared" plant in the middle, and "pruned" plant on the right.

Manhattan Euonymus 50% pruned

In photo # 2 of the EUONYMUS kiaut Manhattan you can see one of our beds that has been "50% Pruned" back.

Hypericum plants 

In example photo # 3 we have two HYPERICUM kalmianum plants in #1 containers. The plant on the left has not yet been pruned while the plant on the right has been pruned well back. The production comment for this plant is "50% Pruned".

Hypericum staged pruning  

And, lastly, the 4th photo is a view of the HYPERICUM kalmianum bed that these plants were pulled from showing a "50% Pruned" crop.  From a time to time, you may see a comment of "33% Pruned".  This means 1/3 of the crop has been pruned. 

Hopefully, this makes it easier to interpret the production notes on the availability.  Of course, we would love show you Loma Vista's container farm in person.  Please contact your sales representative or send an email to to make arrangements for a tour.  

By Mark Gates, Inventory Manager, Loma Vista Nursery

Workers with Wet Feet

Areas in the landscape that either stay perpetually wet or have a high tendency to swing greatly between full saturation during wet periods and brutal, hard dryness when the water is absent are very difficult to deal with from a plant selection standpoint.  Fortunately, many plants that can tolerate excessive wet feet can handle the low level of oxygen in the hard compacted soils also.  Below are some items we grow that can help turn these difficult areas into a beautiful and successful landscape.

Winterthur Viburnum 

Viburnum nudum 'Winterthur'

Clethra alnifolia 'Hummingbird and Ruby Spice'

Aronia x 'Autumn Magic'

Brilliantissima Chokeberry 

Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima'

Quercus bicolor

Ilex glabra 'Shamrock'

Moraine Sweetgum 

Liquidambar styraciflua 'Moraine'

Shawnee Brave Bald Cypress 

Taxodium distichum Shawnee Brave tm, 'Falling Waters'

Blue-Eyed Grass 

Sisyrinchium 'Lucerne'
Please contact your sales representative to place an order or schedule a tour of the container farm.  Or, call us at 913-897-7010 or email

By Ben Cecil, Operations Manager, Loma Vista Nursery