Thursday, October 23, 2014

Perennial Production

Gaillardia cuttingsIn the perennials, we are preparing for fall by cleaning and consolidating the houses. We are putting everything can to can so we can keep pots together and make room for our new perennials next year! Our propagation crew just finished moving all of the rooted cuttings out of their houses and into the perennial houses.

Here is a picture of our newest Gaillardia Sunset Sunrise that we did as an unrooted cutting.

This year we decided to incorporate unrooted cuttings purchased from a grower into our perennial program. Unrooted cuttings are main growing points that are cut off a mother plant. We receive these cuttings, stick them in soil and hopefully with the right mist and some luck those plants will root in about 4 weeks!  We are able to have a lot more flexibility with growing and have more plants available at different times by using unrooted cuttings.  I saw most of our new varieties in full production at Ball Horticultural when I went to their perennial garden trials in Chicago back in July. I was able to look at the plants in the landscape and see how well they would do for us and that is what helped us decide what we wanted to grow this next spring.

Achillea Song Siren Laura

For instance, there is a great new Achillea. It is called Achillea Song Siren Laura and has such great flowers that are red with pink centers. Below are pictures of plants I saw at those trial gardens and how they look as rooted cuttings in our houses here in Ottawa.



 Agastache Heat Wave

Above is Agastache Heat Wave.  It has light green foliage with a bright magenta/fuschia flower.

Heuchera Carnival Cocomint 

Heuchera Carnival Cocomint in the spring has beautiful white flowers that dangle over the top of those leaves.

 Heuchera Carnival Rose Granita

Heuchera Carnival Rose Granita is a new variety for us this year and I am so thrilled to be growing it. It is a deep purple and a hint of sheen in the leaves and this variety also has beautiful white flowers that dangle over the top of that dark foliage in the spring.

By Jessi Faircloth, Assistant Grower, Loma Vista Nursery

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