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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 53

High Demand Native Plants from Maine

Steve Effner, Donglin Zhang and Stacy Ruchala

pp: 562-565


Interest in growing native plants has been increasing in recent years due to their countless landscape uses and value in preserving natural ecosystems (Cullina, 2000; Dreyer, 1993). To satisfy the market demand, Western Maine Nurseries, a well-established conifer liner nursery, diversified by adding a woody ornamental liner division in 1997. The initial goal was to grow potted woody liners focused on three perceived needs in the nursery trade: rare, unusual, and new introductions; superior cultivars of standard nursery stock with proven track records in extreme northern climates; and native plants with bio-mitigation applications. Of these three initial goals, native plant production has had, by far, the highest demand, accounting for up to 75% of our sales.

For the last 6 years, Western Maine Nurseries and University of Maine Horticultural Program have teamed up on the research effort on generating these native plants. The nursery is located in Fryeburg, Maine (U.S.D.A.

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