Although most flowers have done quite well over the winter due to the milder than normal January weather, the heavy rain in the end of March and early April impacted a few plantings. The dry weather has improved things, but the coming summer heat will start to impact pansies as they don't do as well in warmer drier weather. We are on target to start our summer flower change-outs as we move into May. We're very excited about our designs and program and look forward to your reaction as we get into summer color season.
We are pretty proud of our pansy program as our wet winters are challenging for pansies. The wet weather breeds disease which is hard to control. However, we have developed a program that is very effective. This program includes two additional services to prevent disease. When we plant pansies, we add fresh potting soil, which is sterile and keeps the soil surface less infected with disease. We then treat our pansies with fungicides every few weeks throughout the winter to combat the disease pressure. There is no additional charge for these additional services as they are built into our fall pansy planting and the cost is all inclusive. As we have promoted, our program is intensive and may cost a little bit more but it is well worth it. We do what it takes to ensure our customers' pansies survive and thrive.
Although our annual additional of potting soil and fungicide treatment has been relatively effective, we are seeing increasing disease pressure the longer an area has been planted with pansies. The disease can build up over the years making the need to replace the entire soil in the planting area. We are now proposing that potting soil be removed every few years to start with fresh soil throughout the root zone instead of just the soil surface. This has proved to greatly reduce disease problems and the need for frequent fungicide treatments. You will likely see this proposed in the future
Year after year we see other contractors' flowers struggle and sometimes die. (Examples pictured below)
We believe we have the most consistent pansy plantings every year.
SUMMER COLOR ON THE WAY
Although most pansies are at their peak color display, we are beginning our summer flower plantings this week. Summer flower planting is always an exciting signal that summer is forthcoming and we are again excited to produce new and unique color combinations. Seasonal color is an area where we shine as our color combinations are always creative and our maintenance program ensures peak health and color. We are excited to begin and see our 2018 displays develop as summer arrives. We will again try some experimental planting schemes in our test bed at our office to continue to look for new and unique combinations.