A Ruppert Rumination

Posted on: October 1, 2018

I have worked intermittently at Ruppert Nurseries since 2013. As a crewmember, I have experienced almost everything there is to do in this business. I have mowed, sprayed, pruned, watered, staked, tied, dug, packaged, loaded, planted and have worked on various job sites. Though I...

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Best Laid Plans

Posted on: August 1, 2018

One of my worst character flaws is my consistent inability to plan for how long something will take to complete. I always underestimate the complexity of nearly any given project. I have never served a single multi course holiday dinner on time. I am frequently...

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Lyme Disease – Where is the Cure?

Posted on: May 24, 2018

Lyme disease – If you’ve ever had the misfortune of crossing paths with this disease, you may have asked yourself this question. Where is the cure? Lyme disease is a relentless disease that I have seen time and time again in the farming and horticulture...

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Will There Ever Be Enough Trees?

Posted on: January 26, 2018

Back in July of 2015, I wrote a blog discussing the ongoing shortage of trees on the market.  At the time, I predicted that trees would remain in short supply through at least spring of 2016.  As we steamroll towards spring of 2018, I am...

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No More Normal

Posted on: September 6, 2017

Super storms, droughts, 80 degree temperatures in January but 40’s in May. Sharks in the Chesapeake Bay, out of cycle cicadas.  There truly is, no normal anymore.  Some say climate change is to blame. Others refuse to believe in the science behind the notion.  Regardless...

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A Good Time Was Had by All

Posted on: July 12, 2017

You know that phrase, it wasn’t really all that bad after all? It’s only been about a week and a half since Ruppert Nurseries hosted the MNLGA (Maryland Nursery Landscape Greenhouse Association) field day and yet I can honestly say, any residual pain I may...

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Posted on: April 28, 2017

The word doppelganger comes from the German, doppel (meaning double) and ganger (meaning walker or goer) Doppelgangers are look a likes; often leading to confusion when you aren’t sure if the person standing in front of you is the real deal, or perhaps an imposter....

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The Life of a Tree

Posted on: March 6, 2017

Recently, a very large, old oak tree came down at Ruppert Corporate Headquarters off of 108. I have been watching this tree decline for several years and was sad but relieved to see it go as it had become a hazard to the buildings and...

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Dashing ‘Round the Farm

Posted on: December 12, 2016

A Holiday Ditty By Ruppert Nurseries Driving ‘round the farm In a tired ATV Turning on the charm One last sale for me! Up and down the rows Where is that perfect tree? This hold back pattern makes it tough, does anyone agree?! OH! Maple...

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Greatest Italian Mysteries

Posted on: November 3, 2016

Volume I Recently, Kelly Lewis and I were fortunate to travel to Italy with a group of American Nurserymen to visit a group of Italian nurseries where we were given unprecedented access to their operations. We met with owners, growers, field workers and sales people...

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