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October 2012   

'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

Desert Flood
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.

Fields of Gold


This summer, Headstart Nursery provided over 150,000 Marigold plugs to nearby Uesugi Farms. The flowers are now on full display at the Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park, a popular local attraction that draws school groups and families from around the Bay Area.

Cyclamen Program Growing Strong


After our first season of cyclamen production, we have had a very positive response from our customers. Production remained in Castroville with the same growing team in place. But with Headstart's "magic touch," the plants were of the highest quality seen in years.

We are finishing off the cyclamen season by selling 4-inch prefinished product. In addition to existing orders, we have also potted up any extras we had floating through the system and are selling them through availability.

In January 2013, Headstart Nursery and the Hortus Group will be hosting the annual Cyclamen Trials, one of the biggest cyclamen shows anywhere. Trials will be held January 14-25 at our Castroville facility. More details will be announced soon, so check your email or see our website for additional information.

Headstart Pumps Up
the Volume

Pepper Transplants

Because everything we grow at Headstart Nursery is so small, it's sometimes easy to lose sight of the fact that we are growing more than half a billion plants each year.

In 2012, Headstart has produced over 600 million vegetable transplants and ornanmental plugs and liners. Approximately 18% of our total production is certified organically grown.

Here's a quick snapshot of our top crops by volume:

Top 10
Vegetable Crops

Top 10
Ornamental Crops


At Headstart Nursery, we have customers who order just one tray at a time and others who take shipments of 5 million plants. But all of our customers, big and small, know they can count on Headstart Nursery to provide high quality plants and excellent customer service. That's the only way we know how to do business!

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