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Horticultural specialty crops in high demand

Horticultural specialty crops in high demand



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Horticultural specialty crops in high demand from nurseries and wholesale suppliers across the country. Growth rates for domestic specialty crops have increased during the past few years, reflecting the need for larger nurseries to expand production and deliver it to retailers and wholesale customers. This is primarily due to the growth in customer preferences for more specialty varieties and plant material and an increase in the use of horticultural ingredients. One way this can be addressed is with a larger plant, a larger root system and wider availability of plant material.

During the month of November, Department staff hosted three webinars on invasive plants that provide a better understanding of the science behind identifying and managing these plants in your home landscape and the ways you can help prevent them from moving into your area.

People often request plant material for their home landscapes when it is not yet time for new plant material to be delivered. Unfortunately, a small percentage of plant material in the region contains materials that are invasive. These plants will take over your garden if not removed. When looking at plants to ask for from the region's plant nurseries, keep in mind that there may be material that does contain invasive plants.

To answer the question, ask the nursery owners and managers to go through their plant records and review each new plant they have. Identify any unwanted plants and remove them. Make sure to remove any invasive plants from your yard, so that if they are found in your nursery, the nursery can remove them for you and ship a replacement material.

Wildfire burning to rid the region of hazardous brush such as holly and blackberry in the Bonanza Lake area.

On the afternoon of October 30, 2019, wildfire activity burned several acres in Bonanza Lake near Mackenzie Boulevard. The size and intensity of the wildfire varied from time to time and location to location. What the fire department noticed at the end of its operations was a large amount of plants removed. What the crews have observed is there are weeds in a long-term recovery type setting that have taken over the brush pile. The wildflower planting areas have also been affected. What the crews have taken from the plants that were burned is important. This includes plants that can provide habitat for wildlife.

Spring is usually a time for plantings, but fall is also a good time to get ahead and set plantings for next spring. At that time of year, interest in fall plantings goes up. People are focused on getting new lawns established or replanting their landscape. We do suggest that when people order plant material for their home landscape, they first look at it and make sure they can recognize the plant.

The 2019 Horticulture Showcase was hosted by the Washington Nurserymen’s Association at the Washington State Fair Grounds in Seattle, July 20-22, 2019. This is a unique show featuring horticulturalists, small scale growers, commercial growers, designers, educators and students who are showcasing their growing and beautifying talents with gardening and horticulture. The show offers educational seminars, lectures, demonstrations, and exhibits from hundreds of growers. The show provides a platform for the nursery industry to showcase and show their products and knowledge. For more information go to www.Showcase.org

There are still opportunities to register for the show. Information on all the available exhibitors and seminars is at www.Showcase.org

With hurricane season fast approaching, keep in mind that many tropical-looking plants, such as pineapple, plumeria and staghorn fern, can be very dangerous when in flower. These plants look similar to the flowers you would see in your garden and are available from many garden centers and nurseries in the region.

There is still time to register for the fall-themed shows of the Washington Nurserymen’s Association at the Washington State Fair Grounds in Seattle, July 20-22, 2019. This is a unique show featuring horticulturalists, small scale growers, commercial growers, designers, educators and students who are showcasing their growing and beautifying talents with gardening and horticulture. The show offers educational seminars, lectures, demonstrations, and exhibits from hundreds of growers. The show provides a platform for the nursery industry to showcase and show their products and knowledge. For more information go to www.Showcase.org

The University of Idaho Extension hosts summer classes on weed management as well as university training workshops for students and adults. University of Idaho Extension horticulture specialists will be hosting workshops at the Washington State Fair Grounds in Seattle July 20-22, 2019, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Each session costs $25. You do not need to register in advance.

The Oregon Weed Control Academy and Cooperative Extension Weed Management Specialist will be hosting a two-day weed control workshop at the Washington State Fair Grounds in Seattle July 20-22, 2019, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Each session costs $75. You do not need to register in advance.

This is a fun and interactive class where children can design their own plant labels. This is a great opportunity to allow your children to express their love for plants, and learn about plant care along the way. Call us at (360) 704-6167 to schedule a class.

The Oregon Weed Control Academy and Cooperative Extension Weed Management Specialist will be hosting a two-day weed control workshop at the Washington State Fair Grounds in Seattle July 20-22, 2019, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Each session costs $75. You do not need to register in advance.

The Oregon Weed Control Academy and Cooperative Extension Weed Management Specialist will be hosting a two-day weed control workshop at the Washington State Fair Grounds in Seattle July 20-22, 2019, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Each session costs $75. You do not need to register in advance.

The University of Idaho Extension hosts summer classes on weed management as well as university training workshops for students and adults. University of Idaho Extension horticulture specialists will be hosting workshops at the Washington State Fair Grounds in Seattle July 20-22, 2019, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Each session costs $25. You do not need to register in advance.

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