(Kevin Hollatz / Plant Perfect Manager) "We are anxious we are ready, but it will get here."
Spring on the inside
Winter on the outside.
Take a step out the door and it feels like the flowers and veggies can wait.
(Kevin Hollatz / Plant Perfect Manger) "Big difference, we are 2-3 weeks slower, maybe even four weeks. Sales are way off. Sales will all get compressed and I guess I am hopeful that June sales will be one of our biggest Junes ever. That's kinda what we are shooting for."
Plant Perfect Manager Kevin Hollatz says growers plant by the calendar and some of those early items are already past their bloom.
(Sarah Gustin / firstname.lastname@example.org) "While over grown plants due to the late spring has been a minimal problem for the store here in Bismarck, that's not the case for out of state growers, growing pansies, and other plants for stores nationwide."
(Kevin Hollatz / Plant Perfect Manger) "Nursery stock that comes in as far away as Oregon and California we are pushing that stuff back because they are 80 degrees and it's fully flushed out, yeah they have to sit on it and it's challenging for everybody to reroute their trucks. it's a hassle, but what can you do."
This weekend is the season opening at Cottontail Way Greenhouse south of Mandan.
(Allan Dykshoorn / Cottontail Way Greenhouse) "We opened early last year. This year we aren't opening as early and we have a few things growing a little slower."
Greenhouse owner Allan Dykshoorn started planting in December.
He's been working hard all winter long keeping 8 greenhouses full of plants warm.
(Allan Dykshoorn / Cottontail Way Greenhouse) "We burned a lot of propane. We were just pouring the heat to them that is what we were doing this year and the no sunshine, made everything move just a little slower."
A slow start, but hoping for a strong finish.
Hollatz says this could be the busiest July Plant Perfect has had.
Cottontail Way Greenhouse opens this Saturday at nine.