Agave bracteosa ‘Calamar’

agave bracteosa calamar

New to Rancho Tissue -Agave bracteosa ‘Calamar’ Agave bracteosa ‘Calamar’ (Solitary Candelabrum Agave) is a solitary slow growing succulent with 1 foot tall by 18″ wide rosettes of unarmed (spineless) pale green leaves. The leaves, which usually number 20 or fewer emerge vertically in the center and arch gracefully back towards the outside of the

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Blueberry Biloxi

A 1998, MIssissippi State University – ARS/USDA release, Biloxi Southern Highbush blueberry is one of many Blueberry varieties we have in stock. The Biloxi Blueberry has a vigorous, upright, spreading, and notably bushy growth habit. It is recommended for low to no chill areas (<150 hours), where it typically can be grown fully-evergreen. Biloxi is

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Agave Green Glow

Agave Green Glow

Agave Green Glow is a selection made from Rancho Tissue Technologies fabulous Blue Glow agave. It has bright red trim around each leaf edge and the leaves are an attractive green color. Just as hardy as Blue Glow, Green Glow adds to the color palette available to landscapers and homeowners. Zone 8-11. Full sun.

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Agave Blue Waves

Agave Blue Waves was created for Rancho Tissue Technologies. Crossing two different agaves, we created Blue Waves, a spectacular mid-sized blue agave with defined imprints in each leaf and edges that appear as waves. This hybrid plant is extremely hardy and will tolerate full sun of Arizona and freezing temps as well. A striking plant

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New Food Crops Division Launches

Hazelnut Stage 2 Clone

Hazelnut Stage 2

Rancho Tissue Technologies has added a new division to its world-class tissue culture lab and production facility, producing food crops.

“This is a great opportunity to apply our rigorous standards to fill a need in the food crops market,” says Owner and Founder Heather May.

Crops will be produced by tissue culture, using the gold-standard protocols and quality controls for which Rancho Tissue is known.

Hazelnuts (Corylus) are the first crop available through Rancho Tissues new division. Plant material is sourced from the USDA-ARS National Clonal Germplasm Repository in Corvallis.

Rancho Tissue anticipates the first hazelnut plants, in Stage III or 72-cell liners, will be ready for sale in March. Growers will be pleased to know the heirloom variety Barcelona, an in-demand bud mite resistant and EFB (Eastern Filbert Blight) susceptible cultivar, will be part of the offering. Additional varieties – all EFB resistant – will include:

  • Jefferson: grown for the in-shell market
  • Sacajawea: kernel market
  • Yamhill: kernel market
  • Epsilon: late pollinizer
  • Delta: late pollinizer
  • Zeta: late pollinizer
  • Theta: pollinizer for Corylus Jefferson

Other crops on the horizon include walnuts, blueberries, raspberries, almonds, avocados, goji berries and bananas.

For more information or to order these and other RTT varieties, call 858-756-6785 or visit to find a broker.

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…