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Saving the iconic trees of America

Posted on: November 4th, 2018

“Trees exhale for us so that we can inhale them to stay alive. Can we ever forget that? Let us love trees with every breath we take until we perish.” – Munia Khan Greenhouses and nurseries play an essential role in the development of plants, trees and shrubs for homeowners, businesses and communities across the nation.…

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Helping to protect the pollinator community

Posted on: May 4th, 2018

The week of June 18-24 is National Pollinator Week. The week is proudly sponsored by the Pollinator Partnership, whose mission is to promote the health of pollinators critical to food and ecosystems across the globe. Many don’t realize that pollinators provide pollination to over 180,000 plant species and more that 1,200 crops. That translates to one…

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Amazon Plant Store – what does it all mean?

Posted on: May 4th, 2018

In February 2018, retail giant Amazon surprised many industries – most notably the horticulture industry – when it officially launched the Amazon Plant Store – also called your new “online greenhouse”. There you can purchase plants in a multitude of categories and in various pot sizes to suit your needs from flowering plants, to shrubs, to succulents.…

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Plants, trees and shrubs are the perfect gift

Posted on: April 4th, 2018

In last month’s edition of The HC Companies e-newsletter, we discussed visual merchandising and how garden centers should leverage this tried-and-true retail technique to deliberately present their inventory to increase sales. One of the core principles of visual merchandising is recognizing that many consumers are undecided about what they’ll purchase when entering your store. That provides you with an…

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Are your plants dead or dormant?

Posted on: April 4th, 2018

Spring has been here for almost two months, and yet in many parts of the country spring is just arriving now. As the weather becomes more seasonal, we’re all eager to head outside to see what’s blooming. Unfortunately, it’s been a slow process for flowers, shrubs and trees this year as many still look dead and…

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What consumers can do with black plastic pots

Posted on: April 4th, 2018

When growers purchase their horticulture containers directly from The HC Companies or their local, trusted distributor, they often consider what will happen to the container after falling into the hands of homeowners and landscapers. Sadly, many will simply toss them into the garbage or just leave them sitting in the garage or under the deck for an…

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