Newsletters >> December 2016 Newsletter (vol.44)
IN THIS ISSUE
- Hummert's 2017 Plants & Cuttings Program is Open
- Request your 2017 Seed Catalog Today
- Winter Greenhouse Maintenance
- Predicting the Weather with Persimmon Seeds
- December Birth Flowers
- N.G. Heimos Poinsettia Trials
- Marijuana Business Conference
- Follow Hummert on Social Media
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• Dec. 7
• Farm Bot
I'm Just Saying...
It's that time of year again to start thinking about next year’s growing plan. Whether you are in the need of annuals, perennials, fruits, vegetables, tropicals, or succulents, we have you covered.
We are doing the Plants and Cuttings program differently this year; instead of offering a combined and consolidated catalog from our vendors, we are offering the entire product lines of more than a dozen vendors!
Hummert International has been in the seed business since August H. Hummert Sr. opened the doors in 1932, so we take enormous pride in our annual seed catalog. Hummert's 2017 Seed Catalog is back from the printer and it's better (and bigger) than ever!
Hummert’s 2017 Seed Catalog features 144 pages of vegetable seed, flower seed, herbs, wild game plot seed, growing supplies, equipment and packaging supplies. It’s also packed full of horticultural tips, charts, and fun facts. Some NEW seed varieties to look for include:
Gold Mine: An ultra-sweet wax bush bean with good yield potential
Anthem II Hybrid Corn: Bi-color class Sh2, a solid performer in colder soils
Cherry Big Bomb Pepper: A bushy plant with small round peppers. The perfect size plant for container growing, and the perfect size pepper for stuffing!
Purple Coneflower: A Midwest native with a showy flower that’s perfect for field or garden bed planting. Plant this for the birds, as they will eat the seeds well into winter.
Also new for Hummert Seed this year: Microgreens! These tiny greens are harvested after 7-14 days, or when they reach 1-2” in height. Microgreens add a flavorful punch to salads, pizza, and sandwiches. Perfect quick growing addition for market gardeners, specialty growers, CSAs, or for restaurant sales.
Spoons found in these Persimmon seeds. Photo credit: newson6
Some say folklore, others say fact... regardless, predicting the winter weather with persimmon seeds is a popular fall activity. The American Persimmon, Diospyros virginiana, is a small-medium size tree commonly found in the Midwest down to the south, and along the coast from Connecticut to Florida. The fruits are quite different than the Asian Persimmon which are often found in grocery stores and have a bright orange skin and larger fruit. The American Persimmon drops fruit that have a light salmon colored skin with a gloccus coating, a pale colored flesh, and large oval seeds inside. To try your hand at predicting the weather with those large oval seeds, you first need to clean the seeds from the fruit by washing and drying them thoroughly. Then, with a very sharp knife (an exact-o knife or razor blade works well), carefully cut the seed on the thin edge revealing the endosperm inside. You should notice one of three shapes; a knife, which indicates ICY winds that will cut through you, a spoon indicating a SNOWY winter with wet snow that you will have to shovel, or a fork indicating a powdery light snow and mild winter. We're getting spoons in Mid and Eastern Missouri, cut open a few seeds and let us know what your winter will be!
Left: Holly, Right: Paperwhites; Photo Credit: Farmers Almanac
The December birth flowers are Holly, Ilex, and Paperwhites, Narcissus. These flowers symbolize hope and happiness. Happy Birthday to all celebrating this month.
Hummert was invited to the Heimois Family, Millstadt Gardens, & N.G. Heimos Greenhouses for their annual Poinsettia Trials. Our St. Louis area outside Territory Managers, Brooke Renburg, Chris Kern and Davis Wright, attended as well as our Missouri Inside Territory Manager, Mike Hellman. Norwin Heimos began his family owned greenhouse business growing poinsettias and geraniums in 1952. Heimos expanded over the years to accommodate growing potted flowers, spring annuals, and perennials. Now a days, N.G. Heimos has more than 2,000,000 square feet of growing space and is currently ranked 26th on the top 100 list of largest Greenhouse growers in the United States! N.G. Heimos Poinsettia Trails featured up to 200 varieties of poinsettias from breeders such as Syngenta, Ball/Selecta, Dummen Orange, and Beekenkamp. Check out our folks at the trials!
Hummert International proudly exhibited at the Fall 2016 Marijuana Business Conference in Las Vegas on November 16th-18th. We visited with more than 11,000 attendees and 320 vendors. This was THE premier trade show in the Cannabis Industry. With recent legislation, more than half of the United States now have legislation in place for medical and recreational marijuana. Participants from all of these supportive states were present at the conference, and many other states with legislation in the works, also present. Hummert is thrilled to be on the ground floor of this industry, supplying cultivators and investors with professional horticulture guidance in research quality and expertise in greenhouse design. Learn more at www.hummert.com/cannabis
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