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 •  December 1

The Monarch Butterfly is probably one of the most recognizable butterflies in North America. It is in trouble! Monarch populations have been declining for a number of years. The loss of food (nectar) plants and milkweeds has been indicated as a major contributor to these declines. By growing nectar sources and milkweeds, which are host plants for...

Applewood Seed Co.

 •  November 22

The genus, Helenium, is believed to be named after Helen of Troy, and amarum means bitter, which refers to the bitter taste of the plants. Other common names are Bitterweed, American Bitterweed and Bitter Sneezeweed. Dwarf Helenium is a native annual from Texas, the Southeastern and Midwestern U.S. It is typically found in prairies, pastures,...

Applewood Seed Co.

 •  October 29

We here at Applewood Seed Company are so excited to finally have the opportunity to show off our new website! It has been a long time in the making, and a lot more effort than we originally expected, but it is finally here. Even more exciting is that we are not done yet. We are still working on additional functionality that we hope you will find...

Applewood Seed Co.

 •  March 10, 2016

In many parts of the Northern Hemisphere right now nature is busy breaking seed dormancy through the application of cold and moisture. Some seeds, often perennials, exhibit dormancy or “the incapacity of a viable seed to germinate under favorable conditions.”(1) Dormancy fulfills an important function for plants since it allows seeds to survive...

Applewood Seed Co.

 •  January 15, 2016

We have added some colorful, favorite garden flowers to our offerings this year. Lobelia ‘Crystal Palace’ (Lobelia erinus) is an old-fashioned annual favorite that can be used for rock gardens, beds, border edges and containers. The compact plants have deep blue flowers that bloom all summer long and can be planted in full sun or partial shade....

Applewood Seed Co.

 •  December 16, 2015

Desert Penstemon (Penstemon pseudospectabilis) is a perennial that is native to southern California, Arizona and western New Mexico. The rose colored flowers last for many weeks and are spectacular when planted in large groups. Desert Penstemon is perfect for the western Xeriscape garden and pollinator plantings. The flowers are attractive to...

Applewood Seed Co.

 •  October 19, 2015

Dormant seeding, a fairly common practice for turf seed on athletic fields when the playing season ends, can also be advantageous for planting wildflowers. It is appropriate in areas with cool climates when supplemental irrigation cannot be provided and adequate rainfall is anticipated in the spring. When air and soil temperatures are too low for...

Applewood Seed Co.

 •  October 2, 2015

Although the name New England Aster seems to imply that this plant is only native to the northeast, this fall-blooming perennial is actually native to most of the United States and much of Canada. It prefers full sun and moist soils. This is one of the showiest asters, blooming from late August into October and attaining a height of 2-1/2 to six ...

Applewood Seed Co.

 •  September 18, 2015

Gardens are just not complete without a few late season bloomers, both annuals and perennials. Pollinators need a continuous supply of food so these late bloomers will keep the bees, butterflies and birds well fed into the fall. China aster, Callistephus chinensis, is a cool weather annual that is in full bloom in our Colorado trial garden now. ...

Applewood Seed Co.

 •  August 11, 2015

Customers, suppliers, former employees, and members of the community helped Gene and Dee Milstein and the present staff of Applewood Seed Company commemorate fifty years of business. Applewood staff conducted tours of the trial gardens, seed warehouse, and seed laboratory. Attendees enjoyed the tours as well as congenial conversation, and ...