Emerald Coast Growers Expands Perennial Propagation Space

November 19, 2010 - 10:15

Emerald Coast Growers of Pensacola, Fla., and Lancaster, Pa., sees growth and potential for more in the perennial young plant market. The company is gearing up by adding three new greenhouse blocks at two of its Florida locations.

Emerald Coast Growers of Pensacola, Fla., and Lancaster, Pa., sees growth and potential for more in the perennial young plant market. The company is gearing up by adding three new greenhouse blocks at two of its Florida locations.

At headquarters in Pensacola, two new houses totaling about 15,000 square feet are dedicated to propagating some of the company's hundreds of perennial varieties. The gas-heated, double-poly structures are equipped with mist irrigation and grow lights. As of early November, they were finished and being covered.

The company's largest facility is a 50-acre farm near Milton, Fla., where most grasses are field-grown and divided in greenhouses. Here, the third house will bring 20,000 square feet online with a target completion date of January 2011.

Best known for liners of ornamental grasses, Emerald Coast also propagates a wide range of perennials, said Marketing Manager John Friel. "Grass sales remain strong, but we're seeing more growth in perennial starters," Friel said. "It's encouraging, especially in this tough economy."

For more information on Emerald Coast Growers, call 877.804.7277 or visit www.ecgrowers.com.

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