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Take a peek inside a production greenhouse

By
Anja Sonnenberg

Ever ponder the origins of all those gorgeous plants at your local garden centre? Here's a behind-the-scenes look!


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As the annuals quickly grow, some varieties need to be pinched to prevent them from getting leggy. Once seedlings have developed two true leaves, growers thin the plants by pinching the top shoots. This encourages lateral growth, resulting in a bushier plant. Some varieties of annuals, like dahlia seedlings, get sprayed with a growth regulator three weeks after they emerged, says Bird.

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