June 26, 1985
The company's Santa Paula seed production facility 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles will remain open, but the Lompoc outlet 80 miles further northwest will close at the end of the year. The future of W. Atlee Burpee Co.'s Floradale Farms and its 14 longtime employees remains to be decided, said Andrew Learned, Burpee's Lompoc branch manager for 33 years. Burpee opened in Lompoc in 1909.
November 1, 1987 |
Avoid fertilizing tropicals in the colder areas now. That includes citrus, banana, bougainvillea, stephanotis, hibiscus and ginger. Fertilizer applied at this time would encourage the plants to send out new growth that could be damaged by a subsequent cold spell. Celtuce is a two-purpose vegetable; its leaves can be used as salad greens, and its stalk, when peeled, has the flavor and texture of celery heart. Seeds are seldom available at local nurseries; order them by mail from the W.
April 26, 1993 |
The last member of the Burpee seed company's founding family has been bounced by the firm's owner, George J. Ball Inc. Jonathan Burpee, the 51-year-old namesake of the "Big Boy" tomato variety, said he was fired from his position as assistant to President George Ball on April 15 as part of a company cost-cutting move. "It was a complete surprise to me," he said. "It was very shocking, very traumatic. You think they would have appreciated the value and contribution of the family connection."
July 20, 1993 |
Saticoy-based Petoseed Co., one of the world's leading producers of hybrid seeds, has launched its first brand marketing program aimed at consumers. Petoseed will provide commercial watermelon growers with blue stickers bearing a white crown and the name Royal Court. The growers will be urged to use the labels on watermelon varieties produced from Petoseed seeds. The Petoseed brand thus joins Sunkist, Chiquita, Dole and other well-known names in the nation's produce sections.
February 10, 2000 |
Things to do this week: * Plant early tomatoes. It's possible to plant early ripening varieties of tomatoes in February, wherever late frosts are unlikely. 'Early Girl'--a tomato of intermediate size with surprisingly good taste--is one early variety easily found at nurseries. Pick a spot that gets reflected heat and plenty of sun. Remember to plant deep, burying much of the stem, since roots will sprout all along tomato stems.
April 1, 1999 |
Imagine being served steaming sweet corn colored bright red, asparagus that is distinctly purple, yellow carrots and little balls of orange watermelon. Are you on Mars? Have you been sitting too close to the TV? Did you forget to take off those yellow sunglasses when you arrived? Perhaps you're simply having dinner with someone who grows their own vegetables from seed, because all of these are available this year from W. Atlee Burpee & Co. ( 888-1447).