Devan Greenhouses has always propagated from vegetative cuttings for its own finished production, and in 2003 we began to offer our high quality unrooted cuttings and plugs to other growers through brokers. Today we enjoy a strong relationship with the Ball Horticultural Company, Crofton Grower Services/JVK and Northern Innovators. Please contact any one of these reputable brokers to access our product and to learn more about how they can service all your growing needs.
We offer an extensive list of basketstuffer varieties as unrooted cuttings or rooted plugs in 105 trays. Alongside our sizeable selection of non-patented material, we carry a wide selection of patented material from Danziger, including unique varieties such as Calitunia® and Jamebrittenia Britney®. We also offer Regal Geraniums as unrooted cuttings, 50 tray plugs or 4″ pre-finished pots.
In addition to our own varieties, we act as a rooting station for the Ball Horticultural Company, where we custom-root a wide range of Ball varieties. Devan Greenhouses was recognized by Ball in 2005 for being an “Outstanding New Supplier” and we continue our best efforts to be a reliable rooting station of high quality plant plugs. Contact your local Ball sales representative to find out more about the vast catalogue of plants they can supply you.
We start new, clean stock plants every summer and maintain them throughout the propagation season to ensure we derive the highest quality cuttings possible. Every week we fertilize our stock plants with liquid kelp, a biological substance that fosters healthy plant growth. Furthermore, we physically check our plant stock weekly for pests and disease.
Using sticky cards to monitor pest populations and relying on historical records, we derive what measures need to be taken to keep our stock plants in top form. When it comes time to harvest, we ensure cuttings are properly stored at cool temperatures before shipping or sticking. We run our propagation zones warm and humid and use grow lights to promote strong root growth on our plugs. Only when our plugs are well-rooted do we take then outside into a designated ½ acre area that is run cooler to harden them off before shipping. Our plugs get treated with a preventative fungicidal drench, and most varieties are grown for 6 weeks and pinched to create full, bushy plants.
When it comes time to ship our plugs and unrooted cuttings, we take steps to ensure the plants arrive to the end customer in the best possible condition. Unrooted cutting orders are shipped the same day they are cut and are couriered to arrive at the customer’s doorstep no later than 1 day after cutting. Plus each box of unrooted cuttings receives an Ethylene Control Power Pellet sachet to reduce ethylene damage and to keep the cuttings as fresh as possible. Our plugs are treated with a preventative fungicidal spray before shipping to reduce the risk of mold developping during transit. They get shipped in a Fed-Ex approved boxed that has been tested to endure the physical demands of air and truck shipping.