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Proven Profits June 2013

Proven Profits

2014 Variety Preview

2014 VarietiesTake a look at some outstanding plant varieties debuting in the “Class of 2014.” 

Each year, the Proven Winners® team performs extensive trialing, research and discussion to determine which varieties become Proven Winners annuals or perennials, or ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs. Here at Four Star, we do the same for Proven Selections® plants.   And each year, only the best of the best are selected.

“Our number one selection criteria is performance in the garden,” explains Doug Parkinson, Account and Program Development for Four Star.  “We also consider visual appeal, foliage, habit, color, number of flowers, and many other items.  So the plants that made the grade for 2014 are really outstanding.”

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Best Practices

Knowledge is Power

Use the sales info we’ve gathered at retail to confidently plan your future crops. 

Bar Code TrackingThe future is here, and at Four Star, it’s called bar code tracking.  For two years, five retail garden centers have used our bar codes to track the sales of plants — and the results are amazing!

In 2012, the system only tracked sales in Grande™ containers, but for the 2013 selling season, it was expanded to include all plant varieties, along with combinations, as their own stock-keeping units (SKUs).

“This is a terrific way to know what is actually selling,” explained Amber Coch, Garden Ready Coordinator.  “We’re tracking monos and combinations by actual sales, which is a huge improvement over previous methods.  This will help growers know exactly what to plan for production next year.”

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Grower Open House Moves Outdoors
Growers have the opportunity to see hundreds of Proven Winners® and Proven Selections® plants growing in real-life garden conditions in the 2013 Grower Open House Week August 5 through 9.

Learn more here.


Supertunia Watermelon Charm

Supertunia Watermelon Charm

The freedom to mix it up is my passion when it comes to growing a home garden.  I enjoy planting herbs, perennials and annuals in combinations most gardeners wouldn’t dare to do, much less think of.  In my garden the sky is the limit. This is one of the reasons I love the new Supertunia® Charm series by Proven Winners®.

First, Proven Winners gave the petunia a new meaning in my Ohio garden.  I used to avoid the “ol’ grandma petunia aisle at my local garden center until one day, these tiny little blooms exploding with continuous color caught my eye.  My first Supertunia came home in a hanging basket for my front porch, like everyone else does with this non-stop blooming low maintenance annual.

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