Wasson Nursery grows for 2014 season

Wasson Nursery

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MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - That big green sign that says Wasson also has a reminder it's a little too cold to plant too much yet.

That's what Joanna Manor, greenhouse manager for Wasson Nursery reports, as she surveyed thousands of flowering plants on Friday before the greenhouses open Monday to the public.

So how did Muncie's westside greenhouse survive the great winter of 2014?

"We plow snow too," said Manor, a Purdue agriculture graduate who also has some education in botany and grew up on a farm.

Wasson grows all its flowering plants in a row of greenhouses on County Road 500W just off McGalliard Road. The Union City based nursery also are experts at landscaping and gardening.

Manor pointed to smaller signs on the greenhouses that warned about cold temperatures and waiting possible a while longer to start planting.

Given record cold, snow and freezing of the Great Lakes just 200 miles away, Manor said cold temperatures predicted again next week might mean keeping plants inside around Easter and then planting later in May.

The cold has slowed some growing like petunias that have to be cut back to grow and bloom. The geraniums in one greenhouse were full of color with some new varieties that have even more blooms.

Manor referred to the big bloom geraniums as calliope with a burst of color and pedals. The rosy red color are favorites as the hearty flower is choice of many gardens, memorial sites and institutions.

Wasson also has a new breed of New Guinea impatiens that are full sun instead of shade. Those popular plants line flower beds at homes as well as businesses.

Trending for flowers including lots of hanging baskets in cones, bags and even pipes. Wasson has an assortment along with traditional potted plants.

Manor pointed to some construction to expand offices  next to trees, bushes and other landscape material.

Despite the cold, the pond was filled with Koi as fountains and waterfalls in other water landscape flowed amid a sunny spring afternoon.

Wasson also has some of that popular Berlin Gardens Adirondack chairs seen on beaches and at lakeside property.

And there is a full supply Lake Valley seeds for vegetables and flowers.

Manor also mentioned custom landscape design done for home and business besides all the materials do it yourself yard and garden folks need in the spring and summer.

The nursery is online at www.wassonnursery.com or reached by telephone at (765) 759-9000.