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.

RTT Experienced and Ready to TC Food Crops

While many people have known Rancho Tissue Technologies to be a leading supplier of liners for ornamental plants, not everyone has known about RTT’s parallel expertise with food crops. RTT has always boasted an extensive line of rare and exotic ornamentals, but its capabilities extend far beyond. Having extensive experience from numerous private contracts for food crops over its 26 years in business, RTT is always capable and ready to take on new contracts for food crops. Building off its experience tissue culturing everything from cauliflower and asparagus to grapes and bananas, RTT will have relevant experience to bring to bear on any Food Crops you are interested in having put into TC. Even now, although not reflected on its availability listings, Rancho Tissue is currently propagating a number of different privately contracted food crops. Whatever food TC project you may have in mind – Rancho Tissue Technologies is interested in working with you.

Rancho Tissue Technologies Renews Veriflora Certification

VFA_logo_tagcert_FCP_103Rancho Tissue Technologies™ is pleased to renew their VeriFlora™ certification demonstrating its continued commitment to the highest of ecological and employment safety standards in the industry. VeriFlora has once again affirmed that Rancho Tissue’s practices embody the scrupulous dedication to sustainability, product quality and fair labor practices that define the core of its progressive values.

Always striving to push the industry to new, higher standards of quality in its products and its practices, VeriFlora’s re-certification auditing process is concerned not just with maintaining its high standards of sustainability, but also with the continued improvement of its certified members. In renewing Rancho Tissue Technologies’ certification through to 2013 VeriFlora has found Rancho Tissue’s standards for product quality and ecological and social responsibility to be ever improving and continue to push the industry toward a higher level.

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.

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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 Named Best of Rancho Santa Fe

Rancho Tissue Technologies has been awarded the 2010 Best of Rancho Santa Fe Award in the Nurseries category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses through USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

Trendy Designer Cordyline Available from Rancho Tissue

Known as the “dark thriller” of plants, ‘Renegade’ is the hottest Cordyline on the market, and Rancho Tissue has it stocked, ready and waiting. With dark purple to nearly black glossy foliage, ‘Renegade’ was recently featured as a “hot new cordyline in a Grower’s GGTV. CordylineRenegade1
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Rancho Tissue Hits California Grown Show

Rancho Tissue Technologies recently showed the latest varieties and tissue culture developments at the California Grown Show June 2.

Held at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, California, the wildly successful California Grown Show showcases the more than 5,000 flower, plant and tree varieties produced in the state.

Pictured are Rancho Tissue Founder Heather May and Office Manager Clare Henry.

For more information on any Rancho Tissue’s California-grown varieties, e-mail [email protected] or call 858-756-6785.