Sabellico's Through The Seasons
Here at Sabellico’s, we are growing all year long.
We start the year off growing, Shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter Lilies. Timing the Easter lilies can be a little tricky since Easter can be anywhere from late March to late April.
In mid-January, we start sowing the seed for our spring crop of pansies and violas and then the rest of the annuals and vegetables for the spring season. We sow seed through the end of June and then again in early August for our late season cool crops of lettuce, broccoli, etc.
In February, we start potting up the hanging baskets that we want to be ready for Mother’s Day. We plant thousands of fuchsias, ivy geraniums, impatiens, petunias and combination hanging baskets. We also plant over 10,000 geranium cuttings into pots.
In the beginning of March, the perennial staff reports for duty and starts planting up the bare root stock and plugs of perennials for this season. Teams of transplanters also start work in March to transplant our seedlings into the packs and pots that will be purchased by our customers in the spring. Most of the transplanters work until the end of May.
In April, things are really starting to roll. The geraniums are starting to show color and all 10,000 have had to be individually pinched. Our container department starts planting up herb gardens, combination pots and patio planters for Mother’s Day.
By May 15 (the official last frost date for this area), the greenhouses are bursting at the seams with plants and color. The hanging baskets are in full bloom. The geraniums, impatiens, petunias, marigolds and most of the other annual and vegetable plants are ready for sale. Trees, shrubs, roses and water plants have arrived. The last week in May, the fall garden mums are started so they will bloom at the appropriate time in the fall.
In June, pumpkins and unusual varieties of gourds are planted in our vegetable garden. The ornamental kale and cabbage and the pansies and violas are sown for fall. In late July, the poinsettia cuttings arrive and are potted up. The garden mums are coming along but are not showing any color. They need shorter days and a little cold weather to really come on.
In late August, the garden mums start showing some color. The poinsettias are growing nicely but are all green. The bracts do not start to turn red until November.
In September, the early garden mums are blooming away while the mid and late bloomers are just starting to show color. The pansies and violas are starting to bloom. Just like the mums, the ornamental kale and cabbage need some cold nights in order to turn color. The pumpkins and gourds are picked and seasoned. The late season cool weather crops like lettuce, arugula, kale, broccoli, etc. are ready for the garden.
In November, the poinsettias are starting to turn colors. By the end of the month, the greenhouses will be a sea of reds, pinks and whites. In order to make quality wreaths, kissing balls and swags, the greens need to experience a couple of freezing nights. This prevents yellowing and needle-loss. It depends on the weather but usually by the middle of the month, we can buy greens from Canada or upper New York State because they have experienced the freezing weather necessary for good quality greens. The wreath making begins.
In December, the poinsettias are beautiful and the wreaths are decorated and hung up for display. Our freshly cut premium evergreen trees have arrived for the holidays. The Easter lilies are planted for next Easter.
And then we start all over again!