March 29, 2016

How to Prune Panicle Hydrangeas

Spring is the best time to prune back your panicle hydrangeas! But what the heck is a panicle-type? How do you tell them apart from the others? These hydrangeas are the ones with a triangular shape that bloom white in summer and then turn a red, pink, or parchment in fall. Something like Vanilla Strawberry™, Strawberry Sundae™ and White Diamonds® Hydrangea.

We recommend pruning these types of hydrangeas back 30-50% of the way down the established stems. It may seem like a lot, but it's necessary to prevent flopping late in summer when the heavy flower heads are in full bloom.

Prune at a 45% angle just above a set of buds.

This type of hydrangea grows flowers in "new wood," which means the growth that will start in spring, so you don't have to worry about cutting off potential blooms from last year, like on some other mophead-type hydrangeas.

Click HERE or above to watch our video about how quick and easy it is to prune your panicle hydrangeas!

NOTE: If you have an older, more established panicle hydrangea that isn't developing the big beautiful blooms that it used to, give it a good hard prune in late winter/early spring. That means cutting down to the lowest set of viable buds, which is likely between 10" and 18" off the ground. This will help reinvigorate the shrub.

March 21, 2016

Bailey Nurseries Announces Annual Customer Expo Dates


Dr. Michael Dirr and Coach Vince Dooley to serve as Minnesota Keynote Speakers

St. Paul, MN (March 21, 2016) – With a new theme and fresh schedule, Bailey Nurseries is excited to announce its 2016 annual customer expo in Minnesota and Illinois: From the Farm to the Garden. Follow creative displays that illustrate production practices and available product from young plants, bareroot and containers. Be inspired with retail merchandising presentations to support strong in-store sales. Hear from industry leaders on new varieties, team motivation and the future of breeding.

Each event is open to all Bailey customers. From Farm to Garden will include facility tours and access to expert Bailey staff to discuss plant health, production and sales-related questions.

Dr. Michael Dirr and Coach Vince Dooley will each keynote in Minnesota (speakers for Illinois to be announced in late spring). Coach Dooley is one of the winningest coaches in the history of SEC football, an enthusiastic and knowledgeable gardener, and gives a fun, engaging and inspirational talk on team building, plants and enjoying life in the garden. Dr. Dirr will speak on hydrangeas and the future of breeding to advance consumer trends and demand.

Registration information and agendas will be available later this spring. In the meantime, please save the date for the following locations:

Minnesota – Thursday, July 28th, 2016: Bailey Nurseries 1300 Bailey Road St. Paul, MN 55119

Illinois – Thursday, July 21st, 2016: Bailey Nurseries – Larch Farm 1546 N. 600 East Road Onarga, IL 60955






March 21, 2016

Bailey Nurseries Promotes Two From Inside Sales Department


Tiffany Nohl and Andy Herting Move to Brand & Licensing Sales Representative and Outside Sales Representative

St. Paul, MN (March 18, 2016) – Bailey Nurseries is excited to announce the promotion of two Inside Sales Representatives to new roles within the company. Tiffany Nohl has been promoted to Brand & Licensing Sales Representative, and Andy Herting has accepted the role of Outside Sales Representative.

Tiffany Nohl will be working to develop and increase sales and sell through for the brands through the existing network of growers. Tiffany has worked at Bailey Nurseries since 2011 as an Inside Sales Representative. “I am very excited to support the brands’ growth in this new role,” Tiffany adds. “Since I started at Bailey Nurseries, the brands have been an important piece of Inside Sales, and having the ability to work directly with growers will be a great challenge.”

Also promoted from Inside Sales, Andy Herting will be handling the Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee territory as Bailey Nurseries’ newest Outside Sales Representative. Andy has worked at Bailey Nurseries’ Main Office in Minnesota as an Inside Sales Representative for over a year, and will be relocating to Lexington, Kentucky to better service his new customers. “Moving to a new part of the country and meeting our fantastic customers will be an exciting adventure,” Andy shares. “This is a great opportunity, and I look forward to supporting Bailey’s customers in this beautiful part of the country.”

Tiffany’s role is effective immediately. Andy will be relocating and begin work with his new customers in early April. Congratulations to Tiffany and Andy.