Questions For the Professionals

sandalwoodzone6(z6 KS)July 22, 2013

I have a small nursery and want to add ornamental grasses for sales next spring. When is the best time to schedule delivery for plugs? Will be potted and under cover in unheated hoop house. Any other trade tips you can share would be appreciated. I'm in northern zone 6. Thanks!

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donn_(7b-8a)

I think I'd say the best time has passed. If by "plugs" you mean 2.5" nursery pots, or smaller, even if you potted them up today, they probably wouldn't mature enough to survive the first winter in an above-the-ground unheated hoop house. In another thread you mentioned you are in a recently upgraded zone 6. You would have to have well established plants, hardy to zone 3, to survive a zone 5 winter, even with the protection of the hoop house.

Your best bet is to buy your plugs next spring, and pot them up to pot-in-socket in ground installations, with plans to tend them for at least a full year before selling them. Pot-in-socket, inside a hoop house or cold frame would work for most ornamental grasses.

Actually, your best bet would be to provide at least some heat to the hoop house. Electric cables or warm water plumbing in the ground would do a world of good.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2013 at 6:46PM
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sandalwoodzone6(z6 KS)

Thank you. This is just the kind of advice I needed. Much appreciated!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2013 at 11:19AM
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