Greenhouse Bedding Plants
The Sherbondy Greenhouse is also a unique atmosphere of moving water, fish, birds (some we want and some we would prefer they find other lodgings). Although it is a retail greenhouse, we are constantly growing a crop at the same time. When the mums begin selling, we begin growing a crop of poinsettias, then Easter lilies, followed by seedlings for pansies and begonias, then rooting cuttings for succulents and scented geraniums, and then starting seeds on propagation benches for vegetables and flowers.
We are ISU and Northwestern College graduates in horticulture, sociology, child development and business. The varied talents have proven positive for us and hopefully for our customers. John Sherbondy started in the greenhouse at age 14 working for the Meyer family who supplied flowers and vegetables to Omaha bedding plant markets. Plants were grown in wooden flats built from recycled peach crates. Rich black soil grew crops of Comanche petunias and Big Boy tomatoes. Other work experiences included a 105 customer newspaper route that covered 2.5 miles of steep streets, Beno’s Department Store, Frito Lay, Hy Vee foods, Snyder Furniture Company, Earl May Garden Center and Dean Bennett Landscaping. That was 53 years ago. “Learn from other people’s mistakes because you don’t have time to make them all yourself” seen on a sign that used to hang at the Christy Cream ice crème shop. And “Experience is the best teacher,” are both good advice to live by.
Our greenhouse annuals include all the basics of alyssum through zinnias and an awesome selection of vegetable plants. We grow most of those annuals at our Underwood greenhouse and truck them to town for sale. We use no plant growth regulators and no imidacloprid. The dirty little secret of the plant industry is the use of these two products. The growth regulators are used to slow plant growth which makes plants grow bright green and bushy. The problem is that too many times they get over applied and the plant’s growth is stagnated and if overwatered they die. Imidacloprid is a systemic insect killer that is legal for vegetables and other plants. I prefer my customers are not eating fruit which might contain this chemical. Flowers if sprayed with imidacloprid may have the chemical in their pollen. I want you to attract hummingbirds and butterflies to nectar and pollen that feeds them, not kill them.
Are we certified organic growers? No we are not. But we are conscientious growers who recycle soils, plants, and plastic pots which are from our business. We do not accept pots purchased from other businesses because we use specific sizes and colors of pots to make shopping our greenhouse easier. Large signs at the end of aisles give prices. Our greenhouse watering is done with a fertilizer injector. The injector adds a dose of our preferred fertilizer (Jacks Petunia Feed) each time we water. Repeated watering of annuals in pots with no fertilizer will starve the plants by leaching out needed nutrients. Our daily dose of fertilizer insures you are purchasing a very healthy growing plant. We grow in a soil which includes bark, peat moss, silica sand, vermiculite, perlite and a slight charge of fertilizer. We also sell the product in retail bags of smaller sizes under the brand of Black Gold. Larger bags of the soil we use for growing our plants in the greenhouse are also available.
The following is a listing of some of the basic plants we grow:
Alyssum any white alyssum without a PGR (plant growth regulator) does well in baskets, pots, or beds. There is a difference.
Begonias include our selection of camellia flowered begonias which sell out every year. Great genetics from Europe are great in baskets or pots.
Caladiums for us have proven to be great performers in containers. I select varieties that grow in sun or shade. I choose the seed for our bedding plants. We grow celosias in red and yellow. Coleus Kong series are quite impressive but our selection does not stop there. We grow plenty of varieties for you to choose.
Dahlias come in lots of new dwarf varieties.
Evolvulus ‘Blue My Mind’ is very heat resistant. Elephant ears are potted for a head start.
Fuchsia heat tolerant variety.
Geraniums. Use Fertilome Geranium Food and periodic applications of Epsom salts (Magnesium sulfate) to increase flower size. Our Patriot Geraniums grow larger than most. Chain store geranium genetics are shorter to fit on shipping racks.
Heliotrope great fragrance.
Impatiens were given a bad rap when a fungus problem was misidentified. Bedding impatiens die when overwatered if they have had a heavy dose of a PGR. Slowed growth caused susceptibility to root rot.
Johnny Jump Ups. Plant pansies early for great spring color. Panolas are a pansy viola cross which are new for us this year.
Kale can be planted early and will take a freeze. Great sustained foliage colors.
Lantanas. Tons of varieties and colors.
Mandevillas new large pot sizes from a southern grower will give great impactful sizes and colors.
New Guinea Impatiens and Sunpatiens varieties and more. Fusion Impatiens will give you unique flower colors of yellow and tangerine. They mound quite well in the shade.
Osteospermum are daisy-like yellow and white bloomers well suited for container gardening.
Petunias: Wave petunias, Proven Winner varieties of petunias and unique colors that you have asked for are grown in copious quantities. We sell over 30 varieties of petunias over the course of a season.
Proven Winners selections abound at Sherbondy’s
Quiet “What I like best in a morning or night garden stroll.”
Ruellia for water gardens
Succulents galore. Portulaca varieties are a very popular succulent that blooms all summer in the heat
and are available in a wide range of colors. We carry over 75 varieties of succulents. Scaevola is on hand in single plants and a great hanging basket.
Torenia also called wishbone flower, available in new unique colors.
Umbrella plants are great for containers and water gardens.
Vinca the flower is a great deer-resistant annual in multiple colors that has been abandoned by many people because of PGRs (plant growth regulators). I saw it used on a parking strip this last summer and it looked great in hot sun. The secret was that it was not inhibited in its growth by PGRs.
Vines we carry include Candy Corn, Vinca vine, English ivy, lamium, Swedish ivy, Lofos, Mandevilla, sweet potato, and Thungbergera.
Water parsley, water hyacinths, water lettuce, water lilies, water mint, lots of other water plants
Xtremely fun greenhouse to be a part of. Our granddaughter began ‘ringing out’ customers when she was 12. We asked her how she was able to keep a steady hand at the sometimes weary job with so many plants and prices. She said it was easy. If she undercharged someone they never complained and if she overcharged the customer; they would let her know. Abi says “No problem!”
You could never shop Sherbondy’s too mulch
Zealous customers who want us to succeed. We have the best customers who come from all over Iowa and Nebraska. They are fabulous fun people who are not rude or proud because they enjoy growing a garden.
Vegetables: We have one greenhouse with nothing but vegetables and fruits. Raspberries, grapes, and fruit trees are out the back greenhouse door. We sell the most popular Burpee Vegetable Varieties.
We use no PGRs on plants. This is very important information. PGRs make plants nice and green and maybe have a nice little fruit, but if they are over chemicalized they will have stunted growth and production.
We have a very wide selection of vegetables including our own tomato selection named Oris Murphy. This is a 150 year old selection that was passed on for several generations of Council Bluffs families.
Herbs all the basics and then some
Tomatoes small packs to large potted. A very, very large selection. Heirlooms, hybrids, cherries, pear, Roma types, yellow, orange– we try to cover all your favorites and all the categories.
Peppers We try to grow all the peppers you ask for. We even have a local grower who supplies us with seed for Peter, Ghost and Carolina Reapers.
Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, kale, okra, lettuce, chard, squash, green beans
Pumpkins we grow our own for fall sales. We will have several unique varieties available.
Rhubarb Chipman’s Red
Strawberries: June and Everbearing.
Sweet potatoes come from Georgia and we pot them up and grow a nice root system on them before we make them available to you. Main varieties include: O’Henry’s, Georgia Jets, Centennials, and Bunch Puerto Ricans.