Drought tolerant plants gain popularity

GM0414_pg28Record hot temperatures, water shortages, and severe drought conditions are challenging growers everywhere. Rancho Tissue Technologies Susana Vanzie-Canton says shes recently seen considerable growth for the drought tolerant plant market, despite early reluctance. “Initially there were only a handful of growers in Southern California that saw the need to introduce and produce drought tolerant plants,” she explains from her Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., office. “Shifting focus to a new crop type required a shift in how the market was viewed and an acceptance that we were entering a new era of limited water use.” Read the full story as seen in Greenhouse Management magazine…

Hot New Echeverias to Drive Sales

EcheveriaRaindrops1EcheveriaRuffledRed1Rancho Tissue Technologies presents Echeveria Raindrops, with light green, rounded leaves highlighted by soft reddish-pink margins and a single drop-like nodule in the  middle of each leaf. Produced from tissue culture for maximum consistency. Great for small containers.

New from Rancho Tissue Technologies, Echeveria Ruffled Red is a fascinating succulent with silvery-green carunculate leaves wavy and red at the margins. A wonderful selection, it grows to 8 inches in diameter. Ruffled Red prefers sun/part sun, and sun brings out the red colors. Tissue culture grown for consistency.



New Agave Makes the Best Tequila

Rancho Tissue Technologies has just released Weber’s Blue Agave, a wonderful plant used to make the best tequilas.

Agave tequilana is an excellent choice for growers looking to replant their fields after pulp extraction.Agave tequilana

This is a fast-growing agave that grows to 5 feet tall and wide with 3 to 4 foot long narrow leaves of a beautiful shade of blue gray and brown sharp terminal spine and margin teeth. It sends out pumps, both near the plants base and several feet away on rhizomes, so give it some room. Plant in full sun in a well drained soil and irrigate very little.

This plant needs to be grown where temperatures do not drop below 25°F or even below 27°F for extended periods so it is likely limited to southern California coastal areas or the low desert. This is the plant used in the Jalisco, Mexico as the base ingredient of the distilled spirit called Tequila where it has been cultivated since before the Spanish arrived. Other products derived from this plant include aguamiel and pulque.

It is considered a domesticated species without any wild populations known to exist. In Jalisco this plant is grown in well drained soils at moderate altitudes of 4,500 feet or higher.

Two new Agaves added to Availability

Rancho Tissue is a pleased to announce that Agave titanota ‘Black and Blue’ and Agave parryii truncata variegated ‘Lime Streak’ have both been released for sale.
Orders are being taken now on both of these exciting new plants. Both are produced in our lab here in Rancho Santa Fe so you will have year round availability of these plants as well as all of our other gorgeous selections.

Two new Agaves added to Availability

Rancho Tissue is a pleased to announce that Agave titanota ‘Black and Blue’ and

Agave parryii truncata variegated ‘Lime Streak’ have both been released for sale.

Orders are being taken now on both of these exciting new plants. Both are produced

in our lab here in Rancho Santa Fe so you will have year round availability

of these plants as well as all of our other gorgeous selections.




Rancho Tissue Introduces the Rancho Collection

Introducing the Rancho Collection (click here to view images of the 12 plants in the first release): Rancho Tissue Technologies has introduced the Rancho Collection, an exclusive selection of varieties hand picked or bred specifically for the company.

“These varieties are carefully chosen for their unique and distinctive features,” says Owner and Founder Heather May. “Our breeder/curator worked with our specific goals in mind to create or choose the best varieties so growers and homeowners alike will be happy.”

The Collection includes varieties such as Agave ovatifolia Vanzie, distinguished by its leaf cupping, which is much more intense than in standard ovatifolia selections. Differences like this will help growers stocking the Rancho Collection differentiate from their competitors.

In addition to ‘Vanzie, the Rancho Collections inaugural varieties include five more Agaves, Blue Flame, Blue Glow, Cameron Blue, Dragon Toes and Globe; plus two Aloes, Violet and Delta Lights; two Dyckias, Brittle Star and Burgundy Ice; and two Echeverias, Purple Afterglow and White Cloud.

All Rancho Collection varieties are produced by tissue culture for superior uniformity and consistency. Watch for more selections in the Collection coming soon.

Drought Tolerant Heucheras Back by Popular Demand

You asked and Rancho Tissue answers! Four hot heucheras are back on the market with drought tolerance like you’ve never seen.

Now available are: ‘Wendy’, with delicate bright pink flowers; ‘Santa Ana Cardinal’, with vibrant scarlet blooms; ‘Rosada’, with a pretty soft pink flower spike; and ‘Old La Rochelle’, with lovely pale blossoms. Each grows up to 2 ft. wide. They range in height from 18″ to 2 ft. And unlike other heucheras, these varieties are all drought tolerant.

Place your order now!HeucheraSantaAnaCardinal1

New Agaves Inspire Sales

Two new Agaves from Rancho Tissue are sure to drive sales for growers everywhere.

AgavepygmaeDragonToes1Produced from tissue culture, Agave pygmae ‘Dragon Toes’ was chosen for its red tips and chunky thick leaves. Also each leaf of this seed selection has a very distinct imprint on it, which imparts even more drama to the plant. This dwarf blue Agave is great for small gardens. Plants only grow to 12″ max.

AgaveBlueFlame1Agave hybrid ‘Blue Flame’ was named for both the blue in its foliage and the shape of the plant, which resembles a gas flame with its gracefully incurved leaf tips. Produced from tissue culture, this is a beautiful succulent that forms clumps with rosettes that individually are 2 1/2 feet tall by to 3 feet wide. Older clumps build up to form large dense masses to up to 5 feet tall or more. The flexible blue-green leaves feature spineless margins and only a terminal spine. The blue cast to the leaves forms from a waxy cuticle that covers the surface. Plant in full sun except in hot inland and desert gardens, where light shade will prevent scorching of the foliage. Irrigate little or regularly for more vigor. Hardy to at least 25 F.

Rancho Tissue Technologies Earns VeriFlora® Certification

Renowned for its broad selection of high quality tissue-cultured plants, Rancho Tissue Technologies has now earned recognition for its commitment to sustaining the environment. The company received VeriFlora’s Sustainably Grown Certification for both its Stage III microcuttings and Stage IV liners.

VeriFlora is North America’s first eco-label certification standard for the floral industry. Considered the gold standard, it is the most rigorous flower and plant certification program in the market.

More than a seal of approval, VeriFlora represents the true depth of Rancho Tissue Technologies’ commitment to producing the finest quality tissue culture plants while maintaining the safety and health of our employees and the environment, says Heather May, founder and owner. For example, we choose plants to tissue culture that are hardier and more resistant to normal diseases, thus requiring less water and fewer chemical applications.

The VeriFlora standard establishes rigorous performance criteria and a framework for continuous improvement in sustainability areas including crop production, resource conservation and energy efficiency, ecosystem protection, integrated waste management, fair labor practices, community benefits and product quality. Companies must meet stringent requirements for chemical use in their facilities, as well as high standards for worker safety and workplace conditions.

Rancho Tissue Technologies’ extensive sustainability efforts encompass every aspect of the business, including:
Selecting plants that require less water and fewer chemicals
Recycling and reusing all lab vessels plants are grown in
Installing new growth chamber lighting to reduce energy usage and costs by at least 25%
Weekly employee health, safety and quality training meetings

There are many aspects to sustainability, says Dr. Michael Keyes, SCS Certification Manager for Sustainable Agriculture. SCS is delighted to acknowledge Rancho Tissue Technologies’ leadership in issues ranging from sustainable production to energy efficiency and quality control.

For more information on Rancho Tissue Technologies’ sustainability efforts, including their selection of water-wise plants, call 858-756-6785 or visit www.ranchotissue.com to find a broker.

For more information on SCS (Scientific Certification Systems) or the VeriFlora label, contact Diane Dulmage, Communications Associate, SCS, 510-452-8003 or [email protected].

About Rancho Tissue Technologies
Rancho Tissue Technologies (RTT) is one of the largest tissue culture producers in the world and the largest producer of tissue-cultured succulents in the U.S. and potentially worldwide. The company develops new, innovative and high quality plant varieties for the horticulture industry. RTT has developed a proven and dependable reputation for providing high-quality liners and micro cuttings that ensure a crop is vigorous and disease-free.

Established in 1987, RTT’s cutting edge, environmentally controlled laboratory and 40,000-square-foot greenhouse is designed to produce up to 4 million plants per year and offer a multitude of services, including multiplication of hard to propagate plants, development of new and improved cultivars, virus eradication through heat-treatment and meristemming, and custom contract growing.

For more information on Rancho Tissue Technologies, please visit www.ranchotissue.com.

About Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) and VeriFlora
SCS is an independent certifier of environmental, health and safety claims. For more than two decades, SCS has developed internationally recognized standards and certification programs aimed at spurring the highest level of environmental improvements, social accountability and product performance. There are more than one billion flower stems certified sustainably grown under the VeriFlora label. For more information: www.SCScertified.com and www.VeriFlora.com.