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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 50

Propagation at Hanover Farms, Inc.

James G. Bruce

pp: 493-495


Hanover Farms, Inc., is a regional groundcover nursery grower serving primarily the Mid-Atlantic States of Maryland and Virginia since 1984. We produce approximately 100,000 flats annually of Hedera helix, Liriope muscari, Pachysandra terminalis, and Vinca minor. Production is labor intensive involving the handling of some 4,000,000 plants annually as cuttings, divisions, liners, and plugs. As a production incentive, we make extensive use of piece-rate payment. All cuttings and tender rooted liners are housed initially in shaded houses that are humidified frequently, followed by decreasing humidification for later stages. Once hardened-off, these flats are then moved to finishing houses. Heavier liners, once potted, are placed in finishing houses without added humidification. All flats are moved around the nursery and shipped on our trucks on carts with the aid of forklifts. The price is constrained on groundcover products, and differentiation of the product is difficult.

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