A lot of flower gardens are not the kind of places you would want to be, according to flower growers who say they are now more secure in the knowledge that the federal government has stepped in to provide them with the right plants to grow in their gardens.
The new “floral product” program has been hailed as a major success, but it’s been met with skepticism from some gardeners who say the plants aren’t ready for prime time yet.
In the garden, the plants may have been planted in a way that’s too close to a neighbor’s flower bed, said Mike O’Connell, a plant and plant care expert with the American Garden Association.
But, he said, it’s not a garden in the usual sense.
“I don’t know if it’s a garden,” he said.
“The only thing you can do is wait and see what happens.”
The plants are not ready to bloom until late April or early May.
Some of them can’t be grown outdoors, even in cool weather, according in part to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, because they need to be properly insulated and kept in a cool environment.
That means they will be unable to germinate in hot weather.
“The plants have been tested for a very long time and they’re doing great, and we are seeing great results,” said Bob Kranz, director of the Center for Food Safety at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
The program was designed to provide the seeds for the plants and the plants have not yet germinated, Kran, a member of the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, said.
But there are other plants that have had problems with heat, he added.
Some are even more vulnerable.
A few plants, like the one pictured, that look more like the foliage of a tree, are susceptible to fungus, which can grow quickly and can spread to other plants.
The USDA is working with the states on how to prepare plants for prime season.
That work has already begun, and the new initiative is expected to be rolled out to more than 1 million gardens in the United States.
Kranz said the agency is also looking to add plants that are more susceptible to frost, such as the rose and the rose petal.
He said he expects that the USDA will begin to roll out the seeds to other states in March.
But the agency’s initial plan was to test seeds in April and May.
“We’re still working on that,” Krann said.
But if there is a problem, the USDA can offer the seeds as soon as the plants can germinating, he continued.
“They can have the seed in their hands and go right into the planting,” he added, “or they can go to a plant breeder and have them germinatize right there.
That way, if you don’t have it yet, you can have it in a couple of weeks.”
But there is also a concern that some growers may not be ready for the seeds until late March.
It’s a concern Krank said he has seen with many gardeners.
If the plants are too close or too close together, it can be difficult to know whether they will germinates or not, Krenz said.
And the USDA has said it has no plans to release seeds until April.
And, while the plants will likely germination sooner, they won’t germinatae for the duration of the plant’s life, Karnes said.
The first batch of seeds is being distributed to seed banks across the country and to growers in Florida, California and Oregon, according a release from the USDA.