Ball Seed and Paul Ecke Ranch announce mum partnership

February 04, 2007
Written by Greenhouse Canada
Ball Seed Company and Paul Ecke Ranch have announced a new partnership that will see some production of the Ball Chrysanthemum line of garden mum varieties moved to a new operation at the Ecke facility in Encinitas, California.
Ball Seed Company and Paul Ecke Ranch have announced a new partnership that will see some production of the Ball Chrysanthemum line of garden mum varieties moved to a new operation at the Ecke facility in Encinitas, California.

The Ball Chrysanthemum program includes a complete line of garden, pot and cut mum varieties available to growers throughout North America. Ball Seed draws its genetics from some of the most acclaimed breeders worldwide, and their Chrysanthemum garden mums have delivered solid performance in trials conducted in Canada and the United States.

Ecke Ranch will supplement the current production coming from Milgro Newcastle Inc., Utah, which will continue to be the exclusive, year-round supplier of pot, cut and garden mums. This expansion will allow Ball Seed to meet the growing demand for garden mum varieties during the peak shipping season.

“We are excited to work with the Paul Ecke Ranch to position the Ball Chrysanthemum line for increased success in the rapidly-growing category of garden mums,” says Mike Klopmeyer, business manager for Ball. “Ecke is a well-known, highly respected company with exceptional experience in vegetative clean plant production and we are fortunate to have them as our partners.”

The high light, long days and cool nights at the Ecke facility provide optimal conditions for chrysanthemum production. Klopmeyer notes the facility is equipped for raised bed production in screened greenhouses and that the personnel, inventory systems and technical know-how already in place at Ecke will be huge assets to the Chrysanthemum program.

Andy Higgins, president of Paul Ecke Ranch, sees excellent benefits for both companies as a result of this new agreement. “Becoming a production partner for the Ball Chrysanthemum program allows us to make the most effective use of our available greenhouse space,” he said. “We are confident Ball Seed customers will appreciate our shared dedication to quality and cleanliness in every cutting we ship.”

Unrooted cutting production of Ball garden mum varieties at the Ecke facility will be fully operational in time for the spring 2007 shipping season.

For more information, or to place your order, contact Ball Seed Sales at 800-879-BALL, or visit their website at: www.BallSeed.com.

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