Nurseries ordered to destroy plants

May 02, 2008
Written by Proven Winners
May 2, 2008, Grand Haven, MI — Six growers got a wake up call this spring when they received orders to destroy their plants. This was not due to a plant disease or an exotic insect infestation; it was because they were caught illegally propagating and selling patented plants. Proven Winners ColorChoice, with the assistance of an independent auditing firm, conducted a series of audits which were chosen both randomly and based on tips from officially licensed growers.
“When we get reports of illegal propagation, we take them very seriously,” said Jenn
1769_pw_monetifer Holland, licensing manager for Proven Winners ColorChoice. “We owe it to our breeders and to our legitimate licensed growers to protect them from illegal sales and propagation. It’s unfortunate, but with the high level of demand for these new plants, there are some people that cut corners to save a few pennies. The irony is that, in the end, they've made a very costly decision.”
Proven Winners ColorChoice utilizes a mandatory Proven Winners plant tag. The absence of this tag is an indicator of illegal propagation. Plants located without the mandatory tags could be subject to destruction, and those in possession of the illegal plants potentially face fines and or prosecution.
To report suspected illegal propagation, contact Jennifer Holland at 800-633-8859 (ext. 1105) or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . All tips are treated confidentially. 

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