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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 57

Ekstrom Nursery and Its Tools (Toys)

Jim Ekstrom

pp: 545

Ekstrom Nursery is predominantly a balled-and-burlap (B&B) nursery growing a diverse plant mix of approximately 300 taxa. Our main production is geared to a retail garden center market with some re-wholesalers. Customers are spread throughout the United States and Canada with a mix of 50% of our customers located in the east and 50% of our customers located in the west. This has proven to be a good blend for us in being able to spread our shipping through the fall, early spring, and late spring. We ship over 500 semi-trailer trucks of material from November through late April with the bulk of our shipping occurring in February and March.

When my father started the nursery in the mid 1950s, he began by growing arborvitae, juniper, and other common popular plants of the day. He was a truck-crop farmer growing berries, potatoes, and cabbage on the family farm that his father had emigrated to from Sweden in the late 1800s. He looked to a few nurserymen who were very open to give him guidance and he would always be looking for different plants he could add to help improve his mix.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, my brother and I grew up and began to help around the nursery. The assortment of plants grown increased greatly and more land was acquired.

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