US: Nurseries making overtime to meet demand

As people are home with little to do, gardening has become an increasingly appealing option. So much so, that area nurseries and greenhouses in Minnesota are exhausting their supply and closing for the season, much earlier than prior years.

“Flowers are going fast," said Catherine Meder at Green Lake Nursery in Spicer. She said they just received their last truck of supplies.

Certain types of plants have been selling out more quickly than others, with annuals and vegetables nearly sold out at Creekside Greenhouses in Pennock, though they “are sitting pretty good on perennials,” according to Lisa Grindberg.

Other greenhouses are completely sold out for the season, such as Martin’s Produce & Greenhouse in Grove City. Nurseries that plant all of their own supply, such as Martin’s and Creekside, are facing more shortages as they run out of seed.

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Also at the West Coast, plant sales are high. It has been a banner spring for plant sales in Southern California, reports Los Angeles times. 

“It’s kind of overwhelming, the number of orders we get every day,” said Greg Kuga, manager of the Sunset Boulevard Nursery in East Hollywood.

“This time last year the majority of our customers came in on weekends; we’d get 300 to 500 people on a Saturday or Sunday. But now we’re getting 200 orders a day, throughout the week. We’ve had to increase our staff because it’s very demanding on us, and a little stressful.”

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