Feed Matters

The plants in the upper left corner of each group were not fed. All others were, with varying ferts. Take home message: Feed is critical to your success.
The plants in the upper left corner of each group were not fed. All others were, with varying ferts. Take home message: Feed is critical to your success.

Plants have an uncanny knack for survival, but if you want the ones in your landscape, garden or containers to really thrive, fertilizer is key. These photos, from Greenhouse Grower magazine, show the results of a fertilizer study conducted at Cornell University in 2014. They give a stark illustration of what happens when plants are fed and when they are not. Researchers trialed five different fertilizers  with differing results, but the result of no fertilizer at all was consistent, as the plants in the upper left corner of each picture shows.  No feed- no growth.  Just like with people and pets, good nutrition for plants– consistently and in moderation– is a major key to health and performance–and your gardening and landscaping success.

Pretty in pink

Coleus Redhead, pink caladium Carolyn Whorton, white euphorbia (foreground), begonia Babywing Pink
Coleus Redhead, pink caladium Carolyn Whorton, white euphorbia (foreground), begonia Babywing Pink

Our power pole bed at the nursery is looking pretty good considering how recently it was planted- as in the last couple of weeks. When we wait that late we have to use whatever is leftover, and any “plan” is actually more of a crapshoot. An unexpected and pleasant surprise is how nicely Coleus Redhead goes with pink Carolyn Whorton caladiums. Who knew?

Alyssum, coming soon to a garden shop near you!

The fragrance of this Alyssum Lavender Stream is amazing! The white alyssum behind the lavender is Silver Stream.
The fragrance of this Alyssum Lavender Stream is amazing! The white alyssum behind the lavender is Silver Stream.

The fragrance of this Alyssum Lavender Stream is amazing! The white alyssum behind the lavender is Silver Stream. Both varieties will be moved outside the greenhouse to toughen up in the next couple of days. Coming soon to a garden center near you!

Watch our website grow!

Barton's website under construction
Our website is growing, too! As you can see, we’re currently updating our website and still have lots and lots of information about plant materials to add. We’re also in the process of making ordering easier and we’re almost there… But we wanted to go online with what we have now and let you watch our website grow along with our plants. Please bear with us as we hope to have everything online soon. We’ve gotten very busy lately with growing gorgeous spring flowers! Come see!

In the meantime, you can order as always, by downloading the current list of plant materials, and faxing your request to us. We will soon link this to a description and image of each plant.  We appreciate your support and patience! Thanks!

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