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Proven Profits, June 2015

Proven Profits

Combinations — the Easy Way

Bahama BeachThe popular Bundled Combinations program has expanded this year and now includes 235+ different combinations! Find out how this simplifies your ordering and growing.

Managing plant tags can be a challenge when you grow combinations.

That's why Four Star expanded the Bundled Combination Kit program,” says Curt Varsogea, Sales Manager. “We realized that many growers don't want stake tags if they're growing combinations.”

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We Do Read Your Cards!

HairnetsSpring is a busy time of year, yet we're glad to report that many customers take the time to fill out the reply cards included with each shipment. We get lots of these cards and appreciate the time customers take to share their ideas, complaints and questions. Here are a few recent ones:

You noticed the ‘safety nets’

“Thank you for using ‘safety nets!’ We greatly appreciate not having the plants tumbled all over the box!”
— Laura, Delaney's Landscape Center, Polson, MT.

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Superbells® Frostfire
Stands Out

SUPERBELLS® Frostfire unique colors make both monoculture and combinations plantings outstanding.

We spoke with Four Star Director of Growing Operations Dennis Crum about growing the new Superbells® variety — Frostfire. This unusual but beautiful plant made its debut this season and he predicts it will be a great addition to a growers' mix because of its ease of growing and attractive looks.

“Frostfire finishes nice in a Grande™ container from a 42 liner and has shown moderate vigor, good shape and form, thick and full growth, and heavy flower coverage,” Crum explains. “It has smaller leaves but grows well.”

As with most Calibrachoa, Frostfire does best when it can avoid wet, cool, low light conditions. Overall, it's a great plant to grow, he says. “I haven't seen any production problems with it, and haven't heard of any problems either.”

“But what makes this plant especially nice is that it is a different looking plant that stands out as a 10-in. hanging basket or in combinations. The color is really great — kind of a creamy white with yellow and red showing. This stands out well in combinations because it isn't a brighter white or a soft yellow, but has this mix of colors. It looks really good in combinations using blues, reds and pinks,” he adds.

Have a question about Superbells® Frostfire? Contact us for more information at 734-654-6420, or visit


Order by October 15, 2015 and receive a 2% discount on your plants. For more details, visit or call 734-654-6420.


See Us This Summer


Mark your calendar and plan ahead to visit us during the summer. Two great events are scheduled for July and early August:

  • MSU Michigan Garden Tour — July 27 - August 7
  • Four Star Grower Open House — August 3 - August 7

Both events are great opportunities to see our facilities, tour the Display Gardens to see the latest Proven Winners® and Proven Selections® in the landscape, meet with our team and learn more about growing new varieties successfully.

For more information about visiting Four Star, call 734-654-6420 or email

The 2016 Plants & Programs Guide is Available

CatalogYou may have already received a copy of the 2016 Plants & Programs Guide, but if not, please contact us for your copy. This year's edition is packed full of information about new and classic Proven Winners® and Proven Selections® annuals, grasses, perennials and shrubs. Plus, this issue includes detailed culture tips, expanded listings for our popular Bundled Combinations program, combination planning ideas, and much more!

We surveyed our customers for feedback on previous catalogs, and based on their feedback, had all copies of this edition spiral bound for ease of use.

You can also access the Digital Catalog with the very latest updates and information here.

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