Southern California growers meet demands of gardeners nationwide – Orange County Register

How does your garden grow? It does so with the help of Southern California-based growers who nurture, tend and ship plants throughout the state and beyond.
Petunias, pansies, aloes and citrus trees don’t just pop up out of thin air. Instead, companies — including Altman Plants, Color Spot Nurseries and Monrovia Nursery Co. — nurture plants and trees in massive, colorful fields before they’re put on trucks and sent to home improvement centers and nurseries, eventually finding their way into your backyard.
In fact, Monrovia, under the direction of Harry E. Rosedale, started growing plants outside a small house in the city of Monrovia back in 1926. It moved to Azusa, where for decades business flourished before the land was sold 10 years ago. Azusa remains the headquarters of the container plant business, which today grows 22 million plants in 4,000 varieties. Fields that produce plants that “Grow Beautifully,” as the company boasts, are in Visalia; Dayton, Ore.; Cairo, Ga.; and Granby, Conn.
Monrovia is one of the country’s largest growers of container perennials, trees and shrubs. The four growing areas were chosen for a diversity of climates and conditions.
“We want to be able to grow (everything from) peonies that like the cold to water-wise plants for Southern California as well as to be able to ship all year long,” said Kate Karam, a Monrovia spokeswoman.
Southern California plant options are grown mainly in Visalia and Cairo, while boxwoods and Japanese maples, for instance, usually are from Dayton.
“People are surprised at the scale of commercial growers when they know about it,” she said. “Many think local nurseries grow their own plants.”
The meticulously tended fields of all the commercial growers, which generally are not open to the public, are painted in brightly colorful hues, much like what Mother Nature is doing naturally with expanses of wildflowers. Many of the commercially grown plants, though, are shielded from humidity and…

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