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Wednesday, February 1st 2012

In the new wave of branded plants, growers are looking for ways to make their plants stand out by using unique, colorful pots with prominent placement of graphics.  While this practice generates consumer excitement and can be a powerful persuasion to purchase these plants, the pots are generally not re-usable, and become clutter in the garage before heading to the landfill or recycling center.

Monday, August 1st 2011

Plant Select® has selected a Rose to promote for the first time in 2012.   Ruby Voodoo is a  spectacular shrub rose boasting very fragrant purple-pink blossoms.  This John Starnes selection is  a repeat bloomer that will mature at 5-6' tall by 4-5' wide, and is tolerant of heavy clay soils.  It is hardy to zone 4, and up to 8,000' -  plant in full sun to partial shade.

Wednesday, March 2nd 2011

Here at Fort Collins Wholesale Nursery we specialize in unusual plants.  One that really stands out is Quercus undulata, the Wavy Leaf Oak.  This great plant is a small tree or large shrub native to the southern Rocky Mountains that is a naturally occurring hybrid between Q. gambelli and Q. turbinella. Thick leathery leaves are blue to green in color and generally have wavy margins.  In a protected site it may be semi-evergreen. These are available from our fields in 5'and 6' clumps, as well as #5 and #10 containers. Zone 4.

Thursday, February 17th 2011

The Front Range Tree Recommendation List© made it's debut at the 2011 ProGreen expo.  This project took on the challenge of rating and making recommendations regarding the tree palette of the Front Range of Colorado.  Professionals from four unique specialties of Horticulture (Landscape Architecture, Urban Forestry, Nursery Production and Distribution, and Cooperative Extension) came together to provide their input and experience with this vast topic.  Owner of Fort Collins Whol

Monday, January 31st 2011

· Western Natives

Native plants are not only durable, hardy, and adaptable to our challenging climatic conditions, but they also are beautiful. Their colors and textures have their own unique aesthetic vocabulary that inspires gardeners and designers to create their own unique western-style gardens.  The use of natives also helps promote more sustainable landscapes. They are adapted to the natural environment of the semi-arid western United States.  Fort Collins Wholesale Nursery is proud to offer a top quality line of western native plants.

Friday, August 13th 2010

Although its months away, Spring is just around the corner!  Summer is the time for anticipation in the nursery business.  Growers are counting and grading their crops, sales people are making the rounds to visit customers and begin booking orders, and buyers are starting to plan what new plants they want to try out in the upcoming year. 

Friday, April 30th 2010

Most of us know the adage “If we want something done right, we have to do it ourselves.” 

Propagating native plants of the American West is a perfect example of this old saying.  As with many regionally important plant species, it is often difficult – if not impossible – to find them in the nursery trade.  We cannot easily open up the nursery catalogs on our desks and order these plants, so if we want them, we have to grow them ourselves.

Friday, April 30th 2010

Cheyenne, Wyoming is home to one of our region’s greatest horticultural treasures: the former USDA Horticultural Field Station now known as the USDA High Plains Grasslands Research Station. The station opened in 1929 with a mission to find fruit and vegetable crops adaptable to our local climatic conditions. USDA plant explorers traveled the colder regions of the globe searching for edibles that would be adaptable to the harsh conditions of the high plains, and they sent plants back to the station for evaluation.