Spring Forecast: Mostly Clear

Trade Show Feedback Positive

With the majority of our winter trade shows behind us, we found the overall attendee and exhibitor tone to be extremely positive and the outlook bright. Attendance was noticeably higher at multiple locations as well as an increase in the number of exhibitor booths. Our sales teams excitedly made new contacts, wrote new orders and added more plants to existing orders. Many of the Sester Farms’ customers we talked with at the trade shows are foreseeing a great 2017 spring season and gearing up in anticipation of a stellar season. Now would be a great time to review your order to be sure you have everything you need. We certainly can add-on at any point, but sooner is always better and, as always, supplies are limited. If you haven’t submitted your order yet, do so today!

Pictured above: Sester Farms’ Jim Browne with Sierra and Steve from Leo’s Feed & Garden Center, located in Cedar Lake, IN, at the iLandscape Show.

Help Us Help You

Sester Sales Team is a Ready Resource

We’ve all been there. We finally decide to make the purchase and then, unfortunately, what we want is out of stock. It’s a frustrating place to be. But here at Sester Farms the conversation does not have to end there. Our sales team is ready to offer other items for you to consider. Often times, there are very closely related substitutions that could step in to meet your need. Additionally, we have an inventory cushion for our acknowledged orders to be sure all orders are filled properly. Once acknowledged orders are completed, any remaining plants are released back to our Availability List. If your salesman knows what you’re looking for, he can contact you if your desired plant becomes available. Communication is key. Let us know how we can help.

Pictured above: (back row left to right) Scott Mallory, Roger Whaley, Noah Clark (front row left to right) Tim Totems, John Colbeck. Salesmen not pictured: Jim Browne, Mike Kemple, Mark Yeager.

Bareroot Harvest Done Right

Before harvesting our bareroot shade trees, we starch test root samples from the field.  Starch testing shows us when the trees have gone truly dormant.  Absence of leaves is not always an accurate indicator of dormancy.  Harvesting trees when they’ve reached true dormancy ensures maximum growth in the spring for our customers

When you purchase trees from Sester Farms you are assured of receiving value.  Quality plant material will always sell first, even when there’s extra product on the market.  Quality is a hallmark at Sester Farms; compromise is not a road we’ll travel down.  Make Sester Farms your first choice — nothing sells better than consistent quality!

Standing Strong

Standing Order Helps Alleviate Shortage

The Great Recession that hit in 2008 marked the beginning of difficult years for the Green Industry. Many nurseries did not plant a lot of trees during the recession which has contributed to the shortage we’re experiencing today.

Contrary to the national norm, Sester Farms not only survived the recession, but thrived. We continued planting and today have a well-rounded robust availability. But due to the nationwide demand, supplies are limited. The shortage is not so severe that customers will have empty lots, but specific species or size desired might not be readily available.

One way to combat this challenge is to take advantage of placing a Standing Order. A Standing Order with Sester Farms gives top priority to available varieties. It also helps customers regulate forecasting and reduces the need for emergency shipments or unmet requests. Plus a Standing Order can be amended to allow for flexibility and control.

A Standing Order is a significant business tool. Contact your salesman to establish yours today.

Trade Show Success

Every year Sester Farms selects a trade show line-up crisscrossing the United States and Canada to foster new relationships and strengthen established ones. From growing young expos to industry leaders, Sester Farms is on hand to hear directly from our customers and contacts what they want and need to be successful.

Sester Farms is committed to the success of our customers as well as the industry as a whole. First and foremost is our commitment to quality-grown product and exemplary customer care. Trade show participation is one way we’ve selected to spotlight this commitment.

This year we’re seeing more vendors and attendees at shows. The majority of garden centers and landscapers spoken to report having had a strong fall. Additionally there is an increase of construction in areas, contributing to a higher demand for nursery stock. One customer reported everything on their Sester Farms Spring Order is already sold and they need to add to their order. By all indications, the Green Industry as a whole is on the upswing. Exciting news all around.

Your success is our success. Stop by our trade show booth and say hello. We’d love to meet you in person and discuss how we can help!

Pictured above: Sester Farms’ Jim Browne (far left) chats with Northern Green Expo visitors.  






Trade Show Travels



Trade Show season is right around the corner. It is always a pleasure to visit with our current and future customers. Stop by and see us at the following 2017 shows:

Tradeshow Dates Location Website Booth
Indiana Green Expo January 4-5 Indianapolis, IN http://indianagreenexpo.com/ 530
Montana Green Expo January 4-5 Bozeman, MT www.plantingmontana.com 27C
Congress Show January 10-12 Toronto, ON www.locongress.com 1368
Northern Green Expo January 10-12 Minneapolis, MN www.northerngreen.org 513
MANTS Show January 11-13 Baltimore, MD http://www.mants.com/ 1031, 1033
Illinois Show January 16-17 Normal, IL www.illinoisgreen.net 
CENTS Show (MGIX) January 16-18 Columbus, OH http://www.mgix17.com/  1544
Green N Growin Show January 19-20 Greensboro, NC http://greenandgrowin.com/ 1029
The Western January 19-20 Kansas City, MO http://www.wnla.org/western 619
Nebraska Show January 24-25 Omaha, NE http://nnla.org/
Utah Green Expo January 24-25 Sandy, UT http://www.utahgreen.org/  330, 331
ND Convention January 29-31 Fargo, ND http://www.ndnga.com/convention 
SD Show February 1-3 Sioux Falls, SD http://sdnla.org/events/ 
iLandscape Show February 1-3 Schaumburg, IL http://www.ilandscapeshow.com/ 409
Progreen Show February 8-10 Denver, CO www.progreen.com 1109


Holiday Memories & Traditions

During the holiday season, thoughts are filled with memories and traditions. When looking back on Christmases past, usually the simplest things create the most heartfelt memories.
     Our gift to you this Christmas is a tried and true Sester Family favorite  – Homemade Twinkies. Often prepared for special occasions, this tasty treat can be enjoyed now and throughout the year.
     May this incredible time of giving and spending time with family and friends bring you joy that lasts throughout the year. Wishing you peace and joy for the holidays and New Year.

Gearing Up for Spring: Well Stocked & Ready to Book

availability-list-blogSester Farms has a full offering for your spring plant needs. From our dazzling Double Knock Out® shrub roses to impressive Karl Foerster ornamental grasses as well as stunning Autumn Blaze® maples and our trademark conifers, Sester Farms has a diverse shrub-roses-double-knock-out-blogkarl-forester-grass-blogselection of varieties of lasting favorites plus the newest selections your customers need and want. Our full-time inventory control staff assure availability counts are accurate and true. Check out our delivered-to-your-door Ready Now! and Seasonal Availability lists to see for yourself. With Sester Farms you will never see a freight bill for our container stock. blue-diamond-spruce-3-4-blogautumn-blaze-blog

It’s Gettin’ Busy: Fall Farm Season

Foaks-to-be-plantedall is officially here and there’s plenty of work to be done.  This time of year is the second busiest time on the farm. We are preparing for winter as well as planning and projecting.

Autumn is traditionally harvest time, but it is also an optimal time for planting. The majority of our production team is focused on planting. We are fervently planting on these cover-oak-planting-frontgorgeous Indian Summer days to get crops in the ground well before the temperatures become crisper and the first frost arrives.

We strive to match production numbers as closely as possible with the plant needs of our customers. Now is the best time to place your order in for the 2016/17 season and beyond.  Based on actual needs and long-term projections, we determine what to plant in our fields and adjust hundreds of acres of agricultural crops up or down based on overall farm goals.

Another major task underway this fall is potting. Colorado Blue Spruce in #3 and #5-super red pots as part of our Holiday Red Pot golden-princess-spirea-group-shrubsProgram and Golden Princess Spirea in our retail-ready vibrant violet Grand Prize pots are just two examples of the endless varieties currently being potted now.

Planting and potting are at the top of our fall to do list, but we’re also digging B&B, preparing for the upcoming bareroot season, pruning and staking shade trees as well as greenhouse production. digging-treeContinually learning, innovating and developing successful production strategies, our aim is acknowledging 100% of future plant needs. Order  today to ensure we’ll have what you need tomorrow!


Double Knock Out® Rose

dko_bannerSince the original Knock Out® was introduced by Star® Roses and Plants in 2000, the rose family srp-logoexpanded to include Double Knock Out® Rose, a variety doubling blooms and proudly grown by Sester Farms. Very easy to grow, Double Knock Out® loves a sunny spot in the garden. It is heat-tolerant across most of the United States and cold tolerant to zone 5.

Double Knock Out® Rose thrives in prune_bannerwell-draining fertile soil with enough spacing for good air circulation. There’s no need to snip off spent flowers as these shrubs are self-cleaning. Only light, annual pruning while they’re dormant, late winter to early spring, is needed to shape or control their size.

No patience necessary for Double Knock Out® Rose. This low-maintenance, disease-resistant, thedoubleknockoutrose_upcloseunparalleled flowering shrub rose blooms from spring to frost. You won’t be disappointed with this unintimidating spectacular shrub rose.