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Understanding Plant Propagation

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Oct, 05, 2015 @ 13:10 PM

plant_propagation_on_Corona_ToolsEver wonder how plant breeders introduce new plants each year? It could be a color variation of the leaves or flower, or greater resistance to diseases or pests. Propagation includes the process of blending the characteristics of one plant with another to create something new and unique. Part science and part artform, plant propagation is a fascinating way of providing the right plant for the right spot in the right environment and it's our topic of discussion on #plantchat.

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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat partner, Stacey Hirvala representing Proven Winners @Proven_Winnerson this week's topic, plant propagation. The live chat begins Monday, October 5, 2015 at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview 

  • Propagation is both art and science
  • Five different ways to propagate plants
  • What is the ideal time for propagation
  • What are the ideal conditions for propagation
  • Share your propagation success stories

Join the Conversation

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Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.

 

 

Topics: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, Proven Winners

How Plants Survive the Summer Heat

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Fri, Jul, 31, 2015 @ 11:07 AM

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Plants have amazing characteristics, specially when it comes to adapting themselves to a certain area or climate.You can say tey have different personalities, whether they like the sun or shadow, or even both. But have you ever thought how plants are able to survive different weathers? How about seasons? For example here in California where we are going through a drought, how can plants survive the summer high degree weather?

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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat partner, Stacey Hirvala representing Proven Winners @Proven_Winnerson this week's topic, how plants deal with heat. The live chat begins Monday, August 3, 2015 at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview 

The Machinery Behind Each Plant- Learn the mechanisms that plants have for coping with heat

Plant Experience - Learn which plants others have found to be exceptionally heat tolerant

Sharing is Caring - Learn how your fellow gardeners cope with heat and share your own tips

Join the Conversation

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Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.

 

 

Topics: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, Proven Winners, Public Gardens

What You Can Learn from Public Gardens

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Jul, 06, 2015 @ 12:07 PM

DSC00683Public Gardens are a wonderful amenity across the U.S. and the world. How do you locate a new one in your area? Or visit one that is celebrating one hundred years? Does it have a Conservatory, or perhaps a native plant woodland or meadow? Are there plant shows and celebrations of blooming plants in season?  Or perhaps plant sales and garden tours scheduled?

A trip to a public garden, is a great way to learn what works in your comminuty and provides insight how you can "translate" into your own garden. Join us this week to share your experiences at public gardens with Proven Winners Stacey Hirvala and the voice of Corona Tools USA, Chris Sabbarese.

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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat partner, Stacey Hirvala representing Proven Winners @Proven_Winnerson this week's topic, what you can learn from public gardens. The live chat begins Monday, July 6, 2015 at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview 

What is your Favorite Public Garden? - Share your experiences

Share your favorites - What caught your eye or caused this garden to be your favorite? Share what you  have learned. 

Near and Far -  Is your favorite Public Garden in your own city? in the U.S.? or anywhere in the world? 

Old and New - About that Public Garden -- is it  brand new and one that you helped found, or an old and august institution? 

Join the Conversation

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Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.

Topics: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, Proven Winners, Public Gardens

Water Saving Strategies with Proven Winners and Corona Tools

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Jun, 08, 2015 @ 13:06 PM

image001Whether you live in a drought-stricken area, and area where water is naturally scarce, or a climate with abundant rainfall, it's in your best interest to conserve water. Join us on #Plantchat to lear water saving strategies and to share your favorite water saving tips.  

This Twitter chat is a way to unravel some of the finer points of water conservation for the garden with Proven Winners Stacey Hirvala and the voice of Corona Tools USA, Chris Sabbarese.

This week on #Plantchat ask questions or share favorite stories about water saving in the garden with the team at Proven Winners!

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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat partner, Stacey Hirvala representing Proven Winners @Proven_Winnerson this week's topic, Water Saving Tips. The live chat begins Monday, June 8, 2015 at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview 

Visual Cues - Learn the visual cues to look for that indicate drought-tolerant plants

Share Your Favorites - Which plants have proved tough in drought, and which surprised you? 

Horticultural Techniques - Learn how to save water through good horticulture

Adaptations - What adaptations have you made in your landscape to save water? Share your tips. 

Rain Water Harvesting - Learn the basics of how to harvest rain water for an excellent free water source

Join the Conversation

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Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hastag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.  Register now to get weekly updates of upcoming chats, links to transcripts, chat reminders and more!  Register now on the GILN website!

Topics: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, Proven Winners, Water Conservation

4-1-1 on New Plant Introductions for 2015

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Apr, 27, 2015 @ 13:04 PM

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New plant varieties are always exciting to the gardener or landscaper, as we search for just the right accent plant or component for the border. An understanding of some of the new varieties, what the breeders are aiming for, how the new plants have application in our own home gardens, and what to think about the endless parade of new plants will be covered on the upcoming #Plantchat. 

Find out more about new plant varieties for 2015! This Twitter chat is a way to unravel some of the finer points with Proven Winners Stacey Hirvala and the voice of Corona Tools, Chris Sabbarese.

PLANTASTIC PRIZES

The most active tweeter will win* a new Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrub! (Limited to the U.S. only). *If the most active tweeter resides in another country, Proven Winners will send a Plant Geek t-shirt. 

This week on #Plantchat ask questions or share favorite stories about new plants of 2015 with the team at Proven Winners!

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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Stacey Hirvala representing Proven Winners @Proven_Winners on this week's topic, New Plants for 2015. The live chat begins Monday, May 4, 2015 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview 

  • New plant varieties on the market for the 2015 Season 
  • What makes new varieties special and different?
  • Share what you're looking for in new plants
  • What new varieties are you excited about? 

Join the Conversation

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Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hashtag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.

Topics: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, Proven Winners, New Plants for 2015

Tips for Pruning Shrubs in the Landscape

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Mar, 02, 2015 @ 13:03 PM
CoronaToolscuttingshrubPruning promotes health, maintains size, increases flowering and improves the appearance of shrubs in the landscape. In general, it's best to prune just before the shrubs break into rapid growth in early spring, so pruning cuts are quickly disguised by new growth.  

Share your pruning stories and learn tips and techniques with Proven Winners' Stacey Hirvela on #Plantchat on Twitter. 

This week on #Plantchat ask questions or share favorite stories about basic Pruning with the team at Proven Winners!

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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Stacey Hirvela, representing Proven Winners @Proven_Winners on this week's topic, Pruning Shrubs. The live chat begins Monday, March 2, 2015 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview 

Pruning Shrubs Takeaways

  • The common reasons why you would prune a shrub
  • How to decide when is the best time to prune a shrub
  • Which tools you should use for the job
  • Recognize visual cues that prompt you that it’s time to prune
  • Pruning techniques and strategies

Join the Conversation

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Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hastag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.

Topics: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, Proven Winners, Pruning Shrubs

Basic Botany Helps Gardeners with Proven Winners and Corona Tools

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Feb, 02, 2015 @ 11:02 AM

PW-Botany-2-2-15An understanding of basic Botany is invaluable to gardeners because it provides the "why" behind many of the horticultural techniques used-- such as how to take stem and root cuttings, what happens and why when you make heading cuts when pruning, and all about plant breeding and seeds, to name a few. 

Perhaps the lingo seems strange or unfamiliar, and this Twitter chat is a way to unravel some of the finer points with Proven Winners Stacey Hirvala and the voice of Corona Tools USA, Chris Sabbarese.

This week on #Plantchat ask questions or share favorite stories about basic Botany with the team at Proven Winners!

You're Invited to Tweet 

Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Stacey Hirvala, Jane Beggs-Joles and Shannon Springer representing Proven Winners @Proven_Winners on this week's topic, Prepping the Garden for Winter. The live chat begins Monday, February 2, 2015 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview 

Botanical Terms - unravel the mystery

Botany Makes You a Better Gardener  - learn the why behind your garden

Resources - Where to look and who to ask for the low down on the lingo 

Join the Conversation

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Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hastag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.  Register now to get weekly updates of upcoming chats, links to transcripts, chat reminders and more!  Register now on the GILN website!

Topics: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, Proven Winners, Basic Botany for Gardeners

New Year Plant Resolutions for the Garden

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Mon, Jan, 05, 2015 @ 12:01 PM

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When looking ahead to the coming year, gardeners sometimes first look back to notes they've made in a garden journal. These might include new plants to try, obscure heirloom varieties of tomatoes, intriguing color schemes, improvements to be made, shifts toward organic growing, and other "notes to self" are all examples. Other sources of inspiration are seed catalogs, the Proven Winners Gardeners' Idea Book, and suggestions by garden and landscape peers made via social media.

This week on #Plantchat swap ideas for some of your favorite plants and 2015 New Year's Plant Resolutions with the team at Proven Winners!

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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Stacey Hirvala representing Proven Winners @Proven_Winners on this week's topic, Plant Resolutions. The live chat begins Monday, January 5, 2015 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview 

Plant Siting - Planting the right plant in the right spot. Don't hesitate to move something if it isn't performing well.

4-Seasons! - Create a 4 season landscape- there's really no excuse for less!

Go Native  - Include more native plants

I Resolve - Try something new each season and expand your repertoire

Enlist a Friend - Get a friend hooked on gardening. Share your plants, knowledge and most important your enthusiasm season after season.

Join the Conversation

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Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hastag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries!

Topics: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, Proven Winners, Conifers, New Plants, New Years Garden Resolutions

Conifers for Winter Interest with PW and Corona Tools

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Tue, Nov, 25, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

PW Anna's Magic ThujaWith the advent of the winter season, gardeners and landscapers are looking for attractive, interesting plants to add color, texture and interest. Conifers are one type of plant that fit the bill. For example, the bright gold Arborvitae (right) named Thuja occidentalis Anna's Magic Ball, provides color and form throughout the year. In fact, visit the "Shrubs for Winter Interest"  on the Proven Winners website to get more suggestions for attractive woody plants for winter gardens.

This week on #Plantchat swap ideas for some of your favorite conifers hints from the team at Proven Winners!

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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Stacey Hirvala, Jane Beggs-Joles and Shannon Springer representing Proven Winners @Proven_Winners on this week's topic, Prepping the Garden for Winter. The live chat begins Monday, December 1, 2014 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview 

Botanically Speaking - what is a conifer?

Winter Adaptation - How conifers are adapted to winter

Winter Care - Special attention for conifers during the winter, and why!

Selecting the Best - How to choose the best conifers for your garden and landscape

Join the Conversation

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Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hastag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.  Register now to get weekly updates of upcoming chats, links to transcripts, chat reminders and more!  Register now on the GILN website!

Topics: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, Proven Winners, Conifers

Prepping the Garden for Winter with PW and Corona Tools

Posted by Chris Sabbarese on Sun, Nov, 02, 2014 @ 09:11 AM

FrostOnLeaf resized 600The country-wide switch from Daylight Savings to Standard Time is the annual signal (if you needed one) for gardeners to prepare their gardens for winter. Plant activity is slowing down, and leaves are coloring up and dropping. Winter-blooming Hellebores, Camellias and Edgeworthias are budding up, and holly berries are beginning to redden. It's time to roll up hoses and be sure irrigation systems are drained, as well as to protect plants in nursery pots. Best to rake out and clear away dead (and especially diseased) annuals and vegetable plants from summer, and to protect cold-hardy crops inside winter tunnels in colder climates.   

Perennials are going dormant and tender annuals are history. This is not the time to prune woody ornamentals, but instead make some fresh leaf mold with this year's leaf drop, and fork in well-rotted compost to improve your soil richness. This week on #Plantchat swap some of your area's tips on winter garden prep and get hints from the team at Proven Winners!

You're Invited to Tweet 

Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Stacey Hirvala, Jane Beggs-Joles and Shannon Springer representing Proven Winners @Proven_Winners on this week's topic, Prepping the Garden for Winter. The live chat begins Monday, November 3, 2014 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.

Discussion Overview 

Winter Prep - in most climates, fall is a time to protect, not prune

 

Mulching - the single most important thing to do for your plants

Value of Leaves - leaves are useful and full of nutrients, so don't rake them away and discard them

Neat v.s. Untidy - Leaving the garden a little “messy” for winter is good for wildlife, soil, and your plants

Planning Time! - if your landscape looks dull, start planning how to improve it for a happier winter next year

Join the Conversation

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Don’t miss out on this exciting topic and join the conversation via Twitter. Just sign into #plantchat with your Twitter ID and you can follow the conversation and share with the community. Be sure to add the hastag to all your tweets or join us in the plantchat room on Tweetchat.  They will automatically add it for you and it's easy to watch the conversation as it happens!

If you do miss the live event, you can still access the Storify recap, accessible 24/7 that will be posted following the live chat. The transcript includes all the information and links shared during the discussion. 

About Plantchat

Connect and share with the green industry leaders live on Twitter and 24/7 to learn and share about hot topics in the green industry. Now plantchat is part of the Green Industry Leaders Network (GILN) presented by Corona and its partners.  We are an alliance of professional organizations who are advancing the horticulture, tree care, and landscaping industries.  Register now to get weekly updates of upcoming chats, links to transcripts, chat reminders and more!  Register now on the GILN website!

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Topics: Corona Tools, #Plantchat, Proven Winners, Winter Garden Prep

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