Regal Petticoat® Maple – it sells itself!

Regal Petticoat® Maple is a beauty! This zone 4 tree is beautiful in 3 seasons!  Spring color – reminiscent of bird of paradise. Summer color – dark glossy green with a deep velvety purple underside. Fall color – leaves turning aspen yellow on top and bright magenta pink on the underside accented with with reds, oranges, and salmons. Our garden center customers say that this plant sells itself! It is very inviting and alluring to the customer!

This plant does well in a wide range of soil pHs. The growth habit of this tree is similar to Autumn Blaze Maple.

Last week at the IGC Show it one the attendees choice award as 1st place for new plants! Check out the amazing color of this plant! Sester Farms is the US licensor and propagator of this plant. Currently we are offering in bareroot and in containers ranging from #5 to #25. This is a must have for all garden centers! At Sester Farms we do delivered pricing – never a freight bill! Besides this variety we grow a wide range of shrubs, trees, conifers and grasses.

Check out more information on the Regal Petticoat® Maple at

Below is some great photos that show the beautiful foliage of this plant:

Fall color

Fall color


Fall color

Summer color


IGC Show – New Plant Winner!

IGC Show award!

Accepting award at the IGC Show

Top Varieties Now Available

Check out our top varieties of plants available now for shipping. Photos were taken this week so you can see firsthand the quality plants ready and waiting for you. Call to add to an order or to place a new one. We’ll have your top picks heading your way. All nursery stock is guaranteed delivered pricing. There’s never a freight bill from Sester Farms. 

Heritage® Birch

Light green, glossy foliage and a broadly pyramidal crown are hallmarks of Heritage Birch. Peeling bark varies from tan to creamy white. This vigorous tree displays yellow leaves in the fall and is resistant to wind and bronze birch borer.

Fastigiata Spruce

Fastigiata Spruce is a Colorado Spruce with upright branching and a narrow form. New growth has a silvery blue color. This cold resistant evergreen is great for hedging and adds vertical interest to any landscape.


This time-tested classic hydrangea revolutionized landscaping across America. The huge football-shaped flowers open green in summer, aging to pink, red and burgundy till frost. Makes a beautiful showy hedge or landscape plant. This is a longtime favorite.

Diabolo® Ninebark

Clusters of creamy white blooms grace Diabolo® Ninebark’s red-purple foliage. In early summer the blooms will turn to red fruits. Exfoliating mature bark.

Elijah Blue Fescue

This mostly evergreen grass features outstanding icy-blue color that remains vibrant through the summer. Elijah Blue Fescue has dome-shaped porcupine tufts that radiate up and out. Purple-tinged light green flowers appear on 10″ stems late spring to early summer. Tolerates shade, but must have full sun to achieve its signature blue color.

Low Growing Junipers: Old Gold & Prince of Wales

Old Gold Juniper (left) is a graceful arching gem deserving of its name. The bronze-gold coloring, brightest during warmest months of the year, holds well through the winter. Easy to maintain, it is a good low hedge, large foundation plant or for erosion control. Prince of Wales (right) is a popular evergreen cover featuring bright green foliage which takes a purple cast in winter. It is ground-hugging, extremely adaptable and hardy. Dense, but with a delicate texture, it tends to fill out right to the ground.

Quaking Aspen

Quaking Aspen is fast growing. It has a narrow rounded crown at maturity and pale bark. The delicate round leaves flutter and tremble in the breeze. These rustling green leaves turn a striking yellow color in the fall. Needs moist soil.

Goldmound Spirea

This bold yellow foliage turns slightly red in the fall. Goldmound Spirea is a low growing bushy plant that blooms with pink flowers in the summer.

Red Drift® Rose

Red Drift® Rose has the most petit flowers of all the Drift® Roses. It is perfect for use in front of border plantings and make a beautiful statement when it drapes naturally over a rock wall or edge. Great flower power and disease resistant.

Emerald Green Arborvitae

Evergreen with a compact narrow growth habit, Emerald Green Arborvitae’s glossy bright green foliage holds it color well all year long. This easy-to-grow hedge tree is great for an accent or screen.

Low Graft High Impact



Dwarf White Pine and Dwarf Tanyosho Pine are just two of the low graft pines grown at Sester Farms. Adding visual interest and texture to landscaping, these attractive multi-trunked trees are ideal for compact settings. The slow-growing evergreens grow broad and flat topped creating a dense umbrella-like silhouette. Dwarf White Pine’s ornamental blue-green needles remain their attractive bluish-green throughout winter. Dwarf Tanyosho Pine’s bark and branches peel and flake to reveal a rusty orange inner layer, which is a lovely counterpoint to its light green needles. These low maintenance trees will do best in well-draining soil with moderate water. Light pruning will help maintain a desired shape and provide a wonderfully unique accent.

Free GRAND PRIZE® Marketing Increases Retail Sales

We know marketing takes time, a precious commodity that’s hard to come by especially this time of the year. So to help our customers, the Sester Farms Grand Prize® brand offers marketing tools to help increase retail sales!

Stunning picture tags grace all Grand Prize® plants arriving at your garden center. Each plant tag includes informative descriptions, product photos and helpful plant attributes as well a QR code. All QR codes link to the Grand Prize® website where customers will find informative planting video tutorials available to watch from a smart phone or computer.

Grand Prize® shrubs, planted in striking purple pots, beckon customers’ attention. It’s been tested and proven – plants displayed in colorful pots are purchased more frequently than plants in generic black pots. With this fact in mind, the Grand Prize® brand provides vibrant picture tags and colorful pots to help customers move from shopper to purchaser. Additionally, Grand Prize® deciduous trees come with a captivatingly colorful tree wraps to further draw retail customers in.

Check out the Grand Prize® website to see for yourself the amazing marketing tools available to you at no charge. Click on You’re encouraged to share these valuable resources with customers and on social media.

Grand Prize® provides free marketing to help increase sales and provide the means for your garden center to be a valuable resource to customers well beyond the initial sale. Constantly striving to improve ways to attract retail customers, the Sester Farms Grand Prize® brand proves time and again QUALITY WINS!

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 530
Montana Green Expo January 4-5 Bozeman, MT 27C
Congress Show January 10-12 Toronto, ON 1368
Northern Green Expo January 10-12 Minneapolis, MN 513
MANTS Show January 11-13 Baltimore, MD 1031, 1033
Illinois Show January 16-17 Normal, IL 
CENTS Show (MGIX) January 16-18 Columbus, OH  1544
Green N Growin Show January 19-20 Greensboro, NC 1029
The Western January 19-20 Kansas City, MO 619
Nebraska Show January 24-25 Omaha, NE
Utah Green Expo January 24-25 Sandy, UT  330, 331
ND Convention January 29-31 Fargo, ND 
SD Show February 1-3 Sioux Falls, SD 
iLandscape Show February 1-3 Schaumburg, IL 409
Progreen Show February 8-10 Denver, CO 1109