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HOME & GARDEN
January 23, 1999 | JULIE BAWDEN DAVIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Garden long enough, and you may tire of common flowers and gravitate toward the unique and unusual. Although local nurseries carry offbeat flower plants at times, they don't have the space or staff to consistently stock a wide variety. Open up one of the many mail-order garden catalogs, however, and you'll discover a whole new world of plants with captivating blossoms. There are flowers in just about every color and shape--and many you never dreamed existed.
BUSINESS
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.
MAGAZINE
November 1, 1987 | GEORGE HARMON SCOTT and BILL SIDNAM
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.
BUSINESS
April 26, 1993 | Associated Press
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."
BUSINESS
July 20, 1993 | JACK SEARLES
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.
NEWS
February 10, 2000 | ROBERT SMAUS
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.
NEWS
April 1, 1999 | ROBERT SMAUS
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. ([800] 888-1447).
NEWS
January 21, 1999 | ROBERT SMAUS
* Geo. W. Park Seed Co. (has all the flowers mentioned above, plus vegetables), 1 Parkton Ave., Greenwood, SC 28647-0002, (800) 845-3369, or http://www.parkseed.com. Free. * W. Atlee Burpee & Co. (has all the vegetables mentioned above, plus flowers), 300 Park Ave., Warminster, PA 18974-4818, (800) 888-1447, or http://www.burpee.com. Free. * Bountiful Gardens Seeds (untreated and open-pollinated seed), 18001 Shafer Ranch Road, Willits, CA 95490, (707) 459-6410, or http://www.countrylife.
HOME & GARDEN
June 7, 1997 | JULIE BAWDEN DAVIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Pumpkins, once a staple crop of the American Indians, today have triple value: They make delicious pies, have tasty seeds and are a popular Halloween ornament. Because they quickly outgrow containers, pumpkin plants usually aren't found in the nursery, but must be grown from seed, says Sharon Kaszan of W. Atlee Burpee & Co., a mail-order seed company in Warminster, Pa. "Plant pumpkinseeds before the end of June, and you'll have pumpkins for Halloween," she says.
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