What’s Growing On?
September 16, 2021

So What’s Growing On at Greenstreet?

Published September 16, 2021

This week, 4,600 4.5″ and 5,000 6″ poinsettias have been trimmed. The 8″ and 10″ poinsettias are showing lots of new growth after their trimming.

Mums are shipping out – 2,641 mums are being delivered tomorrow; 2,486 are going to one customer alone.

Our team member Silvia has been making beautiful combo pots with a mixture of fall annuals with lots of colors.

2,000 kale have been planted in 4.5″ pots.

In the last 4 weeks, we have received 1,174,080 pansy/viola plugs. In a perfect world, we would have had everything planted by now, but delays due to soil machines breaking down, late deliveries of soil, and having all the pots have put us a little behind.

The majority of the 6in pots and trays arrived in July, but we found out 2 weeks ago that 40% of the trays had been back-ordered until November. We managed to track down some additional trays and pots – later in the season we will have some 6in pansies and violas in 6 count trays instead of 8 count trays. But we did get them!

80% of the 4in pots have been planted. About 68% of the 6in have been planted. Currently, there are 98 carts each with 40 trays of newly planted pots in our greenhouse waiting to be set down. This week the crew will be working hard to get the last 250,000 plants into their respective pots.

We hope to see some of the first crops of 4″ pansies ship to the stores this week.

What’s Growing On?
August 30, 2021

So What’s Growing On at Greenstreet?

Published August 30, 2021

The wholesale crew has been a little busy the last 2 weeks. 230,000 pansy/viola plugs have been planted into 4in pots, 172,900 planted into 6in pots, 2600 planted into hanging baskets, 9045 planted into 4.5in pots, and 7750 into 804 cell packs. Another 7560 plugs of ornamental kale and cabbage have been planted into 9in pots.

More than 100 carts were configured to hold 40 trays of pansies each. The carts get loaded with newly planted pots at the planting line, moved to the field or one of the greenhouses, and then unloaded. So far over 30,000 trays have been moved from the planting line and set down, which takes more than 750 carts to move those trays. When the plants grow a bit, all the carts will have to be reconfigured again with fewer shelves and more space in between.

While all this planting has been going on, the 8in and 10in poinsettias all got trimmed by hand. Every single plant was pinched back to promote additional branching. Since there are 3 plants in every 8in pot and 4 plants in every 10in pots, more than 10,000 plants were trimmed.

We also had 4000 unrooted cuttings arrive this past week that were stuck into plug trays. These will be part of our production for spring lantana.

It has been a busy 2 weeks, but we have another 2 (or more…) very busy planting weeks yet to go.

What’s Growing On?
August 15, 2021

So What’s Growing On at Greenstreet?

Published August 15, 2021

The last 2 weeks in wholesale may not have had the feeling of urgency we normally experience, but there was still lots going on. 5000 poinsettias were planted into 6.5″ pots, 4000 poinsettias were planted into 4.5″ pots, and another 1125 poinsettias were planted into hanging baskets (there are only 125 baskets, but each one takes 9 poinsettia plants). And finally – every pot is appropriately tagged.

Additionally, 2800 6″ pots of mums and 4000 4.5″ pots of mums were spaced and separated to allow them additional room to grow. Each tray now has half the number of pots they normally carry – every other space is empty. 9″ pots for kale/cabbage were filled with soil and set out along the big production field. So far over 3000 pots are prepped and ready – but that is less than half of what will be needed for the plugs arriving this week.

Pots have also been getting prepped for pansy/viola planting. Right now there are 28 pallets of 4in pots stacked in trays in the production area. Each pallet has approximately 160 trays – giving us over 80,000 pots ready to go.  However, we will need more than 110,000 pots for the first round of plugs arriving this week.

While greenhouses and the production area get cleaned and prepped for the fall planting about to start, the crew is still pulling landscape orders every day and shipping items to the stores. And there is always the watering to do.

We occasionally get asked when the “slow” season is for wholesale. After 20 years, we’re still wondering just when we might get a slow season……