Propagation of Daylilies, Hostas, and Astilbes
At Casertano Farms in Cheshire, Connecticut our principle crops have been annuals, poinsettias, mums, and Easter and Christmas products. Two years ago we started raising perennials for the wholesale market by utilizing some empty hoophouses used for producing annuals. The houses are 22 × 150 ft and heated with a hot-air system. The first three greenhouses were filled with surplus stock from some of the Holland bulb companies and daylilies from my private farm in Woodbury, Connecticut. We soon had five houses filled with seed perennials. Today, we have eleven greenhouses and twelve acres of land being exclusively used for perennial production.
We irrigate from a large well that eliminates potential algae problems with our micro-irrigation systems, but have a backup pond for use during drought periods. Water is supplied by upright sprinklers placed every 12 ft. Emitters can be changed to increase or decrease the amount of water needed for individual crops. Therefore, it is
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