Basil Italian Sweet 4″ (18 count flats)

Basil Italian Sweet 4″ pot

Calla Coastal Blush gallon

Calla Lilies

Candytuft (Iberis) 4″ (18 count flats)

Candytuft (Iberis) 4″ pot

Dianthus Early Bird Radiance gallons

Dianthus Early Bird Radiance gallon

Digitalis Dalmatian Purple Gallons

Digitalis Dalmatian Purple gallon pot

Burpee Eggplant Early Midnight 10 count flats

Burpee Eggplant Early Midnight

Ivy English 4″ (18 count flats)

Ivy English 4″ pot

Incarvillea Snowtop gallons

Incarvillea Snowtop gallon pot

Korean Rock Fern gallons

Korean Rock Fern gallon pot

Nassella quarts (12 count flats)

Nassella quart pot

Pachysandra 4″ (18 count flats)

Pachysandra 4″ pot

Pennisetum Princess Caroline gallons

Pennisetum Princess Caroline gallon pot

Peony Monsieur Jules Elie 2gallons

Peony Monsieur Jules Elie 2 gallon

Petunia Double Wave Blue Velvet 4″ (18 count trays)

Petunia Double Wave Blue Velvet 4″ pot

Phlox Emerald Blue 4″ (18 count flats)

Phlox Emerald Blue 4″ pot

Platycodon Sentimental Blue quarts

Platycodon Sentimental Blue quart pot

Sedum Lemon Ball quarts (12 count flats)

Sedum Lemon Ball quart pot

Selaginella Gold Tip quarts (12 count flats)

Selaginella Gold Tip quart pot

Southern Wood Fern gallon

Southern Wood Fern gallons

Tree Peony Taiyo 2gallons

Tree Peony Taiyo 2 gallon

Vinca major Variegata 4″ pots (18 count flats)

Vinca major Variegata 4″ pot

Vinca minor Bowles 2.5″ (32 count flats)

Vinca minor Bowles 2.5″ pot

Phlox Emerald Blue 4″ 18ct

Sedum Autumn Joy Quarts (12 count flats)

Sedum Autumn Joy Quart pot

Vinca minor Bowles 2.5″ 32ct

Vinca minor Bowles 2.5″ pot

Whiteside Broad Buckler Fern quarts (12 count flats)

Alstroemeria Letizia 8″ bowls

Alstroemeria Letizia 8″ bowl

Applecourt Japanese Painted Fern gallons

Applecourt Japanese Painted Fern Gallon

Astilbe Sister Theresa gallons

Astilbe Sister Theresa gallon

Calamagrostis brachytricha 2gallons

Calamagrostis brachytricha 2gallon pot

Carex Amazon Mist quarts (12 count flats)

Carex Amazon Mist quart pot

Coreopsis Nana (Mouse Ear) quarts (12 count flats)

Coreopsis Nana (Mouse Ear) quart pot

Coreopsis Presto gallons

Coreopsis Presto gallon pot

Cortaderia Blue Bayou 2gallons

Cortaderia Blue Bayou 2 gallon pot

Cucumber Bush Champion 10 count trays

Cucumber Bush Champion (in 10 count trays)

Echinacea Sombrero Salsa Red Gallons- fresh crop!

Echinacea Sombrero Salsa Red gallon pot

Impatiens Bounce Cherry 4″ 18ct

Impatiens Bounce Cherry 4″ pot

Ivy Anne Marie 4″ 18ct

Ivy Anne Marie 4″ pot

Ivy Goldchild 4″ 18ct

Ivy Goldchild 4″ pot

Ivy Needlepoint 4″ 18ct

Ivy Needlepoint 4″ pot

Male Fern quarts (12 count flats)

Male Fern quart pot

Pachysandra 4″ 18ct

Pachysandra terminalis 4″ pot

Parsley Italian 4″ 18ct

Parsley Italian 4″ pot

Phlox Fort Hill 4″ 18ct

Phlox Fort Hill 4″ pot

Portulaca Happy Hour Rosita 4″ 18ct

Portulaca Happy Hour Rosita 4″ pot

Salvia May Night quarts (12 count flats)

Salvia May Night quart pot

Salvia Red Hot Sally 4″ 18ct

Salvia Red Hot Sally 4″ pot

Southern Shield Fern gallons

Southern Shield Fern gallon

Veronica Royal Candle quarts (12 count flats)

Viola Silver Gem quarts (12 count flats)

Viola Silver Gem quart pot

Ajuga Bronze Beauty 4″ 18ct

Ajuga Bronze Beauty 4″ pot

Aquilegia Biedermeier Mix Gallons

Aquilegia Biedermeier Mix Gallon

Begonia Ambassador Mix 4″ 18ct

Begonia Ambassador Mix 4″ 18ct flat

Delosperma (Ice Plant) gallons

Delosperma (Ice Plant) cooperii Gallon pot

Heuchera Blackout gallons

Heuchera Blackout gallon pot

Heuchera Palace Purple gallons

Heuchera Palace Purple Gallon pot

Heucherella Buttered Rum gallons

Heucherella Buttered Rum Gallon pot

Hypericum calycinum 2.5″ 32ct

Hypericum calycinum 2.5″ pot

Juncus Blue Dart Gallons

Juncus Blue Dart Gallon

Lavender Provence 4″ 18ct

Lavender Provence 4″ pot

Leymus Blue Dune 2gallon

Leymus Blue Dune 2Gallon

Maris’s Southern Maidenhair Fern Gallons

Maris’s Southern Maidenhair Fern gallon

Ostrich Fern Quarts/12ct

Ostrich Fern Quart pot

Pachysandra 4″ 18ct

Pachysandra 4″ pot

Pachysandra Green Carpet 4″ 18ct

Pachysandra Green Carpet 4″ pot

Pennisetum Karley Rose 2gallons

Pennisetum Karley Rose 2 gallon

Petunia Easy Wave Shell Pink 4″ 18ct

Petunia Easy Wave Shell Pink 4″ pot

Phlox Emerald Blue 4″ 18ct

Phlox Emerald Blue 4″ pott

Sedum Autumn Joy Quarts/12ct

Sedum Autumn Joy Quart Pot

Vinca minor Bowles 2.5″ 32ct

Vinca minor Bowles 2.5″ pot

Whiteside Broad Buckler Fern Quarts/12ct

Whiteside Broad Buckler Fern quart pot

Achillea Moonshine Quarts (12 count flats)

Achillea Moonshine Quart pot

Autumn Fern Quarts (12 count flats)

Autumn Fern Quart pot

Calla Coastal Purple

Calla Coastal Purple

Calla Coastal Sensation

Candytuft 4″ pots (18 count trays)

Candytuft 4″ pot

Cardoon 4″ pots (18 count trays)

Cardoon 4″ pot

Carex Amazon Mist gallons

Carex Amazon Mist gallon

Carex Evergold 4″ pots (18 count flats)

Carex Evergold 4″ pot

Dianthus Firewitch gallon

Digitalis Dalmatian Purple Quarts (12 count trays)

Digitalis Dalmatian Purple Quart pot

Fescue Elijah Blue gallons

Fescue Elijah Blue gallon

Iris Clarence gallons

Iris Clarence Gallon pot

Lace Fern gallons

Lace Fern gallon pot

Nassella tenuissima quarts (12 count flats)

Nassella tenuissima quart pot

Ivy Needlepoint 4″ pots (18 count flats)

Ivy Needlepoint 4″ pot

Pachysandra 4″ 18ct

Pachysandra 4″ pot

Phalaris Strawberry & Cream gallons

Phalaris Strawberry & Cream gallon

Sedum Firecracker quarts (12 count flats)

Sedum Firecracker quart pot

Snapdragon Speedy Sonnet Yellow 4″ pot

Snapdragon Speedy Sonnet series 4″ 18ct

Tassel Fern quarts (12 count trays)

Tassel Fern quart pot

Vinca minor Bowles 4″ 18ct

Vinca minor Bowles 4″ pot

We are finally back with grower’s picks.  We have some nice selections for you this week. Remember,  these correspond with the highlighted items on our weekly availability.  Enjoy!

Autumn Fern quarts (12 count flats)

Autumn Fern Quart Pot

Calamagrostis brachytricha 2 gallons

Calamagrostis brachytricha 2 gallon pot

Carex Amazon Mist gallons

Carex Amazon Mist gallon pot

Heuchera Plum Pudding gallons

Heuchera Plum Pudding gallon pot

Ivy Anne Marie 2.5″ pots (32 count flats)

Ivy Anne Marie 2.5″ pot

Ivy Goldchild 2.5″ pots (32 count flats)

Ivy Goldchild 2.5″ pot

Ivy Needlepoint 2.5″ (32 count flats)

Ivy Needlepoint 2.5″ pot

Lace Fern Gallons

Lace Fern Gallon

Burpee Lettuce Alfresco Mix Bowl

Burpee Lettuce Alfresco Mix Bowls

Burpee Lettuce Healing Hands Bowl

Burpee Lettuce Healing Hands Bowls

Leymus Blue Dune 2 gallons, nice new growth!

Leymus Blue Dune 2 gallon pot, nice new growth!

Italian Parsley 4″ (18 count flats)

Italian Parsely 4″ pot

Penstemon Dark Towers gallons, fresh crop!

Penstemon Dark Towers gallon, fresh crop!

Phlox Drummonds Pink gallons

Phlox Drummonds Pink Gallon Pot

Polemonium Touch of Class gallon pot, fresh crop!

Poppy Wonderland Mix gallons

Poppy Wonderland Mix gallon pot

Shasta Snow Cap gallon pot, fresh crop!

Tassel Fern Gallons

Tassel Fern Gallon Pot

Thermopsis Sophia gallon pot

Vinca minor Bowles 2.5″ pots (32 count flats)

Vinca minor 2.5″ pot

Vinca Ralph Shugert 2.5″ pots (32 count flats)

Vinca minor Ralph Shugert 2.5″ pot

FAQs about Neonicotinoids

January 27, 2015

This seems to be a buzzword lately, and we do get many questions regarding neonicotinoids.  Here are some frequently asked questions about neonicotinoids.

What is a neonicotinoid?

Neonicotinoids, or neonics for short, are a group of insecticides that typically affect the central nervous systems of the insects. This eventually causes the death of the insect. They include imidacloprid, acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, nithiazine, thiacloprid and thiamethoxam (www.beyondpesticides.org).

Insecticides are widely used in the green industry, so what’s the big deal about neonicotinoids?

Well, as you know, bees are insects that may interact with your flowering plants. Certain neonicotinoids are considered highly toxic to bees, and other pollinators. There is concern that neonicotinoids are contributing to the decline of bee and pollinator populations. New research points to potential toxicity to bees and other beneficial insects through low level contamination of nectar and pollen with neonicotinoid insecticides used in agriculture (http://citybugs.tamu.edu/factsheets/ipm/what-is-a-neonicotinoid/). Case studies can be found here.

Why haven’t neonicotinoids been banned if they are so bad?

Neonics have been banned in some European countries, but not in the USA. It is often speculated if neonics are banned, the use of older and less effective insecticides, such as organophosphates and pyrethroids would take the place of neonics in commerical farming, and these chemicals are just as toxic to bees. While there are case studies and research on the effect of neonics on bees/pollinators, many researchers say there is not enough to support banning them. Read more here and here.

Are neonicotinoids only used commercially?

No. Some neonicotinoids can be found in insecticides you buy for home use. If you do not wish to use neonics, you should read the labels on your insecticides carefully and avoid buying any that include imidacloprid, acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, nithiazine, thiacloprid and thiamethoxam.

How do I know if neonicotinoids have been applied to plants that I have purchased?

You won’t know unless you specifically ask the grower.  There is no law or mandate that requires plants to be identified as such.

Does Plantworks Nursery use neonicotinoids?

No, Plantworks Nursery does not use any neonicotinoids.

If you’d like to discuss neonicotinoids further, you can always call us at (919) 732-6594 or email me at plantworksheather@gmail.com

Planting in Winter

January 22, 2015

Hello everyone,

Many of you have been asking about planting our material this time of year. Some of our greenhouses are minimally heated, and some are heated up to 50 degrees. When planting tender groundcovers, its important to pay attention to the weather. If the low temperatures at night are going to be close or below freezing, you will see some cold damage on these plants if they are exposed.  We do not recommend planting ferns or ornamental grasses this time of year. If you have questions about a certain plant, please call the office and I’d be happy to help you or answer any questions you may have.

Is everyone as ready for spring as I am?

Heather

Perovskia Little Spire

Perovskia Little Spire quart pot

Crown Azure

Pansy Crown Azure 36ct

Delta Monet Mix

Pansy Delta Monet Mix 4″ 18ct

Orn Cabbage Songbird White

Ornamental Cabbage Songbird White 4″ 18ct

Orc Cabbage Songbird White 4" pot

Orn Cabbage Songbird White 4″ pot

Cardoon Gallon

Cardoon Gallon

Cardoon

Cardoon Gallon

Phlox Emerald Blue

Phlox Emerald Blue Gallons

Phlox Emerald Blue gallon

Phlox Emerald Blue gallon

Pachysandra terminalis

Pachysandra 2.5″ 32ct

Pachy terminalis

Pachysandra terminalis 2.5″ pot

Vinca Bowles 2.5" 32ct

Vinca Bowles 2.5″ 32ct

Vinca Bowles 4" pot

Vinca Bowles 4″ pot

Leymus Blue Dune

Leymus Blue Dune 2 gallons

Leymus Blue Dune

Leymus Blue Dune 2gallon

Juncus Blue Arrow

Juncus Blue Arrow Gallons

Juncus Blue Arrow gallon

Juncus Blue Arrow gallon

Juncus Blue Dart

Juncus Blue Dart gallons

Juncus Blue Dart

Juncus Blue Dart Gallon

Selaginella Green

Selaginella Green Quarts

Green Selaginella

Green Selaginella quart pot

Brilliance Autumn Fern

Brilliance Autumn Fern Quarts

Brilliance Autumn Fern Quart

Brilliance Autumn Fern Quart pot

Lace Fern

Lace Fern Gallons

Lace Fern

Lace Fern Gallon

Helenium Short n Sassy

Helenium Short n Sassy Gallons

Helenium Short n Sassy

Helenium Short n Sassy gallon

Heuchera Mocha

Heuchera Mocha Gallons

Heuchera Mocha

Heuchera Mocha Gallon

Buddleia Flow Mauve 2 gallons

Buddleia Flow Mauve 2 gallons

Buddleia Flow Mauve

Buddleia Flow Mauve 2 gallon

Matrix Purple

Pansy Matrix Purple 36CT (6-packs)

Delta Tapestry

Pansy Delta Tapestry 4″ 18ct

Matrix Orange

Pansy Matrix Orange 4″ 18ct

Delta Prem. Pure Light Blue 4" 18ct

Pansy Delta Premium Pure Light Blue 4″ 18ct

White Muhley Grass Gallons

Muhlenbergia ‘White Cloud’ Gallons

White Muhley Grass gallon

Muhlenbergia ‘White Cloud’ gallon

Carex Red Rooster QTs

Carex ‘Red Rooster’ Quarts

Carex 'Red Rooster' Quart pot

Carex ‘Red Rooster’ Quart pot

Carex Amazon Mist

Carex ‘Amazon Mist’ Quarts

Carex Amazon Mist

Carex ‘Amazon Mist’ Quart pot

Juncus Blue Arrows gallons

Juncus Blue Arrows Gallons

Juncus Blue Arrow

Juncus Blue Arrows gallon

Lace Fern

Lace Fern Gallons

Lace Fern

Lace Fern Gallon

Tassel Fern

Tassel Fern Gallons

Tassel Fern

Tassel Fern Gallon

Autumn Fern Gallons

Autumn Fern Gallons

Autumn Fern

Autumn Fern Gallon

Muehlenbeckia 4" 18ct

Muehlenbeckia 4″ 18ct

Muehlenbeckia 4" pot

Muehlenbeckia 4″ pot

Hypericum Quarts

Hypericum Quarts

Hypericum Quart Pot

Arum Quarts

Arum Quarts

Arum

Arum pictum Quart Pot

Phlox Tequila Sunrise Gallons

Phlox Tequila Sunrise Gallons

Phlox Tequila Sunrise Gallon

Phlox Tequila Sunrise Gallon

Phlox David Gallons

Phlox David Gallons

Phlox David Gallon

Phlox David Gallon

Pansy Colossus Blue 36ct

Pansy Colossus Blue 36ct (6-packs)

Viola Sorbet Purple 36ct (6-packs)

Viola Sorbet Purple 36ct (6-packs)

Pansy Colossus Yellow 4" 18ct

Pansy Colossus Yellow 4″ 18ct

Pansy Delta Pure Color 36CT

Pansy Delta Pure Color 36ct

Phlox Emerald Blue gallons

Phlox Emerald Blue gallons

Phlox Emerald Blue

Phlox Emerald Blue gallon

Phlox Drummonds Pink gallon

Phlox Drummonds Pink gallon

Vinca minor Bowles 2.5" 32ct

Vinca minor Bowles 2.5″ 32ct

Vinca minor Bowles 2.5" pot

Vinca minor Bowles 2.5″ pot

Acorus Ogon Quarts

Acorus Ogon Quarts

Acorus Ogon Quart Pot

Acorus Ogon Quart Pot

Muhlenbergia White Cloud gallons

Muhlenbergia White Cloud gallons

Muhlenbergia White Cloud gallon

Miscanthus Dixieland 2 gallons

Miscanthus Dixieland 2 gallons

Miscanthus Dixieland 2 gallon

Miscanthus Dixieland 2gallon

Selaginella Aurea Quarts

Selaginella Aurea Quarts

Selaginella Aurea Quart Pot

Selaginella Aurea Quart Pot

Brilliance Autumn Fern Gallons

Brilliance Autumn Fern Gallons

Brilliance Autumn Gallon

Brilliance Autumn Gallon

Vinca major Variegata

Vinca major Variegata 4″ 18ct

Vinca major Variegata 4" pot

Vinca major Variegata 4″ pot

Teardrop Ivy

Teardrop ivy 4″ 18ct

Teardrop Ivy 4"

Teardrop Ivy 4″ pot

Persian Ivy

Persian Ivy 4″ 18ct

Persian Ivy 4" pot

Persian Ivy 4″ pot

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