504.469.0077 stevemurphy4@cox.net

42 E. Third Street
Kenner, LA 70062
504.469.0077
steve@sunrisetradingco.net
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What A Beautiful Week It Was!

Can you believe it?? A COLD front in August!! It was definitely a nice break from the heat!! Kind of stimulates us to really start to think about fall coming up. LET’S TALK FALL COLOR!! What generally happens , particularly after such brutal heat is that a lot of summer color basically just didn’t make it. So, do you replace now or wait for the real fall color in the end of September or mid- October? A lot of customers are just tired of seeing dying plants or empty beds.One of the early crops which is on the list this week is petunias. You say petunias?  These guys will give you great color well into the holidays but since it’s an early planting will most likely just barely get you into spring. Why? Lets look into some conditions that we are faced with. Two main factors. Ambient temperature ( what’s showing on the thermometer) and ground temperature ( bottom heat). Both of these stimulate plant growth. Ambient temperature varies as the season progresses into fall. Cooler day and nite temperatures start to slow down the plants growth rate but we are still dealing with ground temperature, bottom heat which stimulates growth. A good example of this is that when the next “cool” front moves through, early in the morning turn on your garden hose and it will seem as though there is warm water coming out!! There is!! So as the season progresses with more cooler temperatures, ground temperatures will radiate out and start to cool down the beds. So, early plantings, more rapid growth, later plantings more controlled...

Desert Rose!

Had the opportunity to purchase a private collection of Desert Rose!! Pictured below, some of these are 15 years old!!  Limited quantities on these specimens of which many are are 4′ tall!!!. Also a large number of 10″ and 12″ bulb pans of big based plants with large flowers!!  All plants should be at the nursery by Tuesday afternoon. Come on by and check them out!!  This type of opportunity doesn’t come around that often!! NEED THOSE ORDERS FOR THE ROSEMARY TREES!! ROSEMARY CHRISTMAS TREES! Time to book!! We need to get the orders in by the end of the month. Those that are on our FAX list should have gotten the form already. Please send it back ASAP so we can get your order in! NEW STUFF!! We have some exciting new items coming up in the next month or so. Madagascar Palms in 15G pot 4′ tall!! Also some 3 gal Curry tree around 4′ tall! 6″ pots of “firestick” Pencil cactus!! This plant turns a bright orange/red color come fall!  Also for the holidays I’ll have a new variety of spineless crown of thorns, brilliant red flower and hardy down to the upper 20’s!! NICE!! So, Till next...

A Break in the Weather!

Finally, we’re getting some relief!! Fall is indeed just around the corner and our fall plugs started to arrive last week. ROSEMARY CHRISTMAS TREES! Time to book!! We need to get the orders in by the end of the month. Those that are on our FAX list–we will have cyclamen ill be getting the form this week. Please send it back ASAP so we can get your order in! CYCLMAN!! We will have cyclamen this year!! Great assortment of colors!! These guys do great here for the winter. Sun or shade, 4″ pots will be arriving in full color!! No more waiting for color as in the years past!! So, Till next...

I Can See!

 It’s amazing what they do now a days. In for surgery for 8 out by 10. 20/20 vision!! no more glasses!! Believe it or not, I have people asking what I have for fall color, fall vegetables!! Where are these people from??!! Sunday is supposed to break a record of 99 degrees! Doesn’t really feel like fall yet!! We actually have started to put some plant material down for fall.  Many of these plants can cross over with this heat to the real fall weather that is coming. Marigolds, Telstar dianthus, ornamental cabbage and kale. Speaking of ornamental cabbage and kale. This is a great color plant for fall/winter. I think it is under used. It used to be very popular back in the 80’s. This is THE one crop you want to get into the ground as early as possible. It is a “short” day plant, same as poinsettias, the earlier you plant,the larger the plant will be before it starts to “head” up or develop the rich color in the center of the plant. I often see kale and cabbage for sale in 4″ pots as late as December and at that stage, what you see is what you get. It’s not going to get much bigger that what you purchased. If you plant early, I would put them on at least 18″ to 24″ centers!! I saw one planting years ago and the plants were close to 3′ across !!! Telstar dianthus is another under used plant. A true perennial, It goes 12 months a year with the down time around July and August and picks...