'Tis the Season!
The holidays always seem to come a little early at Headstart Nursery, as we've been growing poinsettias at our greenhouses in Gilroy and Castroville since July.
We are now accepting poinsettia orders, which will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Plants sell for $6 each and will be available starting November 27. Use our convenient online order form
to place your order, or give us a call at (408) 842‑3030.
These gorgeous fresh-from-the-greenhouse poinsettias are great for decorating your home or office and make wonderful gifts. Don't wait too long to place your order — we're growing more plants than ever before but still sell out every year!
Flood in the Desert
On the morning of September 11, 2012, a massive thunderstorm stalled over the Coachella Valley and dropped 5.5 inches of rain in about six hours. Considering that we're used to getting at most 2-3 inches per year
in the desert, this was a bit of a surprise!
As you can see, our desert facilities were hit hard, with water flooding the greenhouses and roadways. All phone and Internet connections were cut off for several days.
Fortunately, the plants survived just fine, and we're now dried out and gearing up for the winter planting season. In fact, we will be expanding our Jackson facility and building more greenhouses to accommodate increased pepper and watermelon orders.
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme...
Our herb and cutting programs are a big hit and have really taken off. We are seeing more of a demand from vegetable customers, especially in organics. Some commonly requested varieties include: mint spicata (mentha spicata
), salvia growers friend (salvia officinalis
), rosemary upright (rosmarinus officianalis
), French tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus
), English thyme (thymus vulgaris
) and common sage (salvia officinalis purpasceus
We are using ellepots
for most conventional herb orders and a 128 loose fill tray for organic production. We get our cuttings from Ball and Hishtil and take cuttings in-house when available. Please contact us
if you're interested in placing an order.