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Shipping Bougainvillea without shattering


December 12, 2008
By Press Release Newswire

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2246_bougainvilleaDec. 12, 2008, Boynton Beach, FL — Bougainvillea Growers International
(BGI), the largest wholesale bougainvillea grower in North America, has
discovered the secret to shipping bougainvillea by using a mix of
proprietary bloom inhibitors in conjunction with a strict selection
process.

2246_bougainvilleaDec. 12, 2008, Boynton Beach, FL — Bougainvillea Growers International (BGI), the largest wholesale bougainvillea grower in North America, has discovered the secret to shipping bougainvillea by using a mix of proprietary bloom inhibitors in conjunction with a strict selection process. Located in Palm Beach County, BGI has been working for over 14 years to address the problem of bougainvillea shattering, or dropping their colourful bracts, while in transit for days in an enclosed truck.
“This capability to ship retail-ready bougainvillea across the continent creates incredible opportunities for everyone. It is a treat for all of us, and also really fun to change the dynamics and paradigm of an old industry,” says BGI owner Tom Scannell. “We don't just grow plants. We create beauty and joy in people's lives.”
BGI's shippable bougainvillea saves customers time and money because they are retail-ready as soon as they arrive. This eliminates weeks or even months previously needed in the fall to re-grow new blooms in time for spring. BGI also takes the worry out of whether they will be blooming in time for Mother's Day. Now garden centres can receive bougainvillea in full bloom and sell-out in the same week.
Many customers have already benefited from BGI's shippable bougainvillea. Bell Nursery, a leading wholesale production nursery, became a customer afte2246_bgi_logo_r receiving a sample order to test the colour retention. “The plants sat on my porch for a week and still kept their colour after shipping,” said Bell Nursery co-owner Mike McCarthy.

CANADIAN CUSTOMERS
Even Canada is no longer out of reach for tropical bougainvillea. BGI's newest customer, Salisbury Greenhouse in Alberta, Canada, is over 3,000 miles from Florida, and one week by truck. “Plants arrived in perfect condition after being on a truck for seven days,” said Salisbury Greenhouse co-owner Rob Sproule. “BGI has a problem on their hands – fulfilling future orders.”

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COMPANY HISTORY
Founded in 1994, BGI is a leader in wholesale bougainvillea production for the major chain “big box” stores, independently owned garden centres, and landscape professionals. The company offers a wide range of bougainvillea products designed to bring beauty to the end consumer, including Bougain®, the only bougainvillea fertilizer on the market. The largest online bougainvillea care resource can be found at their website www.bgi-usa.com.


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