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Old 03-03-2001, 10:21 PM
MowJo MowJo is offline
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A commercial site we maintain has insisted that we plant Pacifica Red and White Vinca in their beds (7 consecutive years).
In recent years the plants have gradually been less vigerous and healthy. I believe there are site conditions (overhead irrigation, no crop rotation to name a couple) affecting the vinca. WHAT WOULD BE SOME ALTERNATIVE COMBINATIONS THAT A CUSTOMER RESISTANT TO CHANGE WOULD FIND ACCEPTABLE? I dont want to reinvent the wheel, just keep them happy!

site conditions are: commercial setting, overhead irrigation, poor to average soil (clay based), moderate drainage, FULL sun, parking lot beds.
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Old 03-03-2001, 11:04 PM
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Make the customer happy! Create the proper soil conditions for that plant.Every thing grows better with compost added to the soil. Some companies like to have a certian look every year.Extra bucks in your pocket.

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Old 03-04-2001, 08:24 AM
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red salvia and white petunias will give same
color scheme. salvia will grow taller than
vinca and petunia will get leggy in late summer
so plant close together. colors of red purple
and yellow go well together or purple and yellow
if you want to change.go to http://www.fernlea.com and
choose from thier selection of anuals. print a
copy of ideas to sell to client
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Old 03-04-2001, 02:12 PM
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PETUNIA annuals and OSMACOTE fertilizer under each cell when planting! Even trying the Osmacote under the Vinca might help. I always have the biggest flowering annuals -vs-any other LCO's commercial accounts. I have several places where the annuals are growing in more rocks than dirt conditions. Half the sites have irrigation half do not with pretty much same results.

Petunia's are my fav since they give you most color blooms for a longer season. They are in bloom when you plant in May-June and still in bloom when I pull them out in Nov-Dec.
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Old 03-04-2001, 02:14 PM
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salvia arent that attractive... to much foliage with flowers just on the top..... bagonias are a mass of color! try them... there extremly heat and drought tolerant to!
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Old 03-04-2001, 05:09 PM
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Jeff thanks for that site man that is really helpful, i have been lookin for one like that for a while, thanks again!!

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Old 03-05-2001, 05:58 AM
jeffex jeffex is offline
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hey guntruck where in balto. do you run I'm on the
west side 21227 and 21228 I'll look for your
rig.
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Old 03-05-2001, 11:19 PM
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Hi Jeff, we are over in 21220 area. We work in perry hall also. Rarely do i get on the west side =(, never know though maybe i'll run into you one day.
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Old 03-06-2001, 10:49 AM
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Here is our rig Jeff:

http://www.members.home.net/mane/mower
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Old 03-11-2001, 09:40 AM
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Hey Skook,
Have you tried "Wave Petunias?"
My local supplier likes them better than standard because they don't get "leggy" so they don't have to be cut back. He also said their more compact growers.
I'm leaning toward changing the pink and white vinca to pink and white petunias.

That takes care of the well drained, full sun beds on site, but I still have (2) beds that are always moist/wet with full sun. WHAT WILL WORK IN THESE WET BEDS KEEPING IN MIND I'LL HAVE PINK AND WHITE PETUNIA BEDS IN THE AREA?
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