The year begins with cyclamen and primrose sales in January, and we move into "high gear" with our spring liner production. We also produce our own seedling plugs for bedding plant production at this time of the year. If Easter is early we will have Easter crops in full swing, and will be starting spring pre-finished and finished crops.
By the middle of March we begin selling pansies, cole crop vegetables and other cold-tolerant flowering plants. As quickly as we sell Easter and pre-finished crops we are filling the greenhouses back up with annuals, vegetables, geraniums, hanging baskets and all of the other spring favorites.
April signals the start of aster and chrysanthemum production for
fall color. As we are busy selling and delivering our spring crops
in April and May, we are also rooting two million fall chrysanthemum
and aster cuttings to be sold through our broker network. This
successful, long-running program was Esbenshade’s Greenhouses' first
attempt at producing rooted liners for sales through brokers, and
this program continues to grow every year.
When June rolls around we are still selling some spring annuals with emphasis on larger containers. We continue to sell perennials and are busy potting mum cuttings for fall finished-plant sales. Before June is over we are finishing up fall mum production. Beginning in July we are busy rooting poinsettia cuttings, starting pre-finished and finished poinsettia production and potting flowering cabbage and kale.
In mid-July cyclamen is planted for both pre-finished and
finished sales. We force an early 6.5” mum crop for late July and
early August sales, while busily potting and spacing poinsettias.
We wrap up poinsettia cutting production in August and begin fall
crop sales and shipping. Early pre-finished cyclamen become
availabe in September and pre-finished poinsettias are shipped,
giving us more room to space the finished poinsettia crop. The
poinsettia crop is planted and spaced by the end of September.
If there is a slow time at Esbenshade’s it is in October. The poinsettias are spaced and growing and the fall crops are sold. Stock plants for spring are being nurtured so that they can produce their bounty. This is a time for re-covering polyethylene greenhouses and other greenhouse maintenance before cold weather visits the region. Early varieties of finished poinsettias are selling by Thanksgiving. In December, pre-finished primroses become available and we are also starting to root geranium cuttings and other spring liners. By Christmas the poinsettias are a memory and the yearly cycle begins once again.