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‘Tis The Season for Watchfulness

‘Tis The Season for Watchfulness

If you are a grower, you know that plant production takes up not only your time, but also your focus on the workforce you are developing. Compliance often becomes one of those items placed on your back burner, especially in the heat of the season when productivity can be high.

It is important that we keep compliance a priority. Luckily, it does not matter the season—Plant Sentry™ is here year-round to help verify plant issues for you.

Keep Your Eyes On The Ball

Last holiday, Boxwood wreaths and Christmas trees were shipped with pests and diseases which compromised our landscapes and environment.  You’ll protect your company’s brand reputation by catching these issues before they spread.

Remaining in compliance should remain high on your seasonal check-list. 

Elongate Hemlock Scale Problem On The Rise

The Elongate Hemlock Scale is known by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reproduce on 43 different species, 14 of which are native to the United States. While Spruce and Fir tending to be more susceptible than the Hemlock. In 2000, the state of North Carolina indicated that their Elongate Hemlock Scale had increased by .3%.

By 2013, 53% of their Christmas tree producers had been infected with the pest. Most trees that become infected, do not survive past 10 years.

Reflecting On Performance At Year’s End

There is always a right time to do things, and no better time of the year than December. As the holidays approach, we ask ourselves —Have we done our best this past year? These questions aren’t simply related to the season, they also fall into the plant arena.

Did we perform due diligence when identifying  and maintaining compliance and treatments? Did we stay within compliance agreements? Had we kept good records of it all? When there was a pest, disease, or invasive plant issue, was it dealt with optimally?

These questions remind us of all the details which need to be managed correctly. Plant Sentry™ exists to verify even the smallest of such details.

Move Forward With Purpose And Get Help

Now is the time to reflect upon the past year and learn from it; while preparing for the future.  Here at Plant Sentry™, we also use this time to reflect, as well as look forward. We also strive to be a company that continually moves towards the highest standards. 

Plant Sentry™ is the leader when it comes to verifying plants, and it is backed by AmericanHort, the largest green industry organization. Do not be fooled by any other false advertisements of plant verification. 

Start the New Year Off Right

This season, take a step to feel great about safe shipments of beautiful plants and plant materials. When you verify with Plant Sentry™, your customers know it has adhered to the highest standards around!

Get your questions answered. Contact us today and see how your team can leverage affordable real-time business intelligence, no matter if you are a wholesalers, retailer or e-commerce vendor.



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Plant Shipment: It’s More Than the Box

Plant Shipment: It’s More Than the Box

Plants are being shipped from state to state more frequently today than ever before. Most consumers are unaware of what’s involved to ship and deliver healthy plants without significant economic and environmental risks.

Shipping Plants Successfully is Not Easy

Some companies claim that their boxing technique is better than the competitors. Does this single step guarantee you are getting the best plant? Certainly not, industry best practices now include certified processes that ensure plants have been cared for properly and verified not to spread harmful pests, diseases, or invasive species.

The Plant Sentry™ process starts by working with state and federal officials. We ensure that every step is followed to the letter of the law, and we support growers in their compliance efforts before they ship a plant intra- or interstate. The entire inspection team places another set of eyes on each step in the critical process needed to get you a healthy plant.

How do you know this inspection has taken place? You should know immediately, as each plant article must contain a general plant inspection certificate issued by the state. In some cases, there may even be a federal shield on the outside of the box.

These established guidelines help protect our valuable resources—including agricultural commodities, urban municipalities, water, and the environment—from billions of dollars in damage each year. The utilization of state and federal inspectors is a great help in saving your hard-earned tax dollars.

Thinking Outside the Box…

It’s true that not all boxes are created equal. However, it’s not just the box that protects the plant. Growing techniques, inspections, and care along the way all play a big part in protecting plants.

Most online vendors do not have standard operating procedures to make sure the plant care is consistent and regulated. At Plant Sentry™, we employ the rigid guidelines of the American Standards for Nursery Stock and align with the Systems Approach to Nursery Certification Standards (SANC) among all other sustainability practices and the latest science generated by our best universities.

At Plant Sentry™, we work with growers to achieve successful shipping of healthy plants to your door. We listen to renowned universities, knowledgeable state and federal officials, and most importantly, we listen to you. Fine attention to detail, grower and staff empowerment, team engagement, and assistance from state and federal officials is a systems approach you will not find outside of Plant Sentry™.

Our e-commerce certification sets us apart from the rest. A healthy plant grown at its original location and shipped fresh to you is the best prospect. It is no different than picking a fresh green bean from the garden. Wouldn’t you feel more confident purchasing a plant through a certified source?

You could have the best box design in the world, but it is only one small component of a larger, critical process. Choose Plant Sentry™ certified growers and retailers to ensure your plants and the environment are considered with integrity at every stage of the plant shipping process.