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Hayk Khachatryan and Alicia Rihn

by end product (i.e., landscape vs. food producing plants)? Lastly, how do their perceptions influence their purchasing behavior? Studies on consumer perceptions of production practices’ effects on pollinators are limited; however, research does

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Robert F. Brzuszek, Richard L. Harkess, and Lelia Kelly

introduction by, humans. Consumers are increasingly selecting native plants for use in home landscapes for a variety of reasons. Many local, state, and federal agencies are requiring the use of native plants in the landscape ( HarmonyFL.com, 2008 ; Norcini

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Gitta Shurberg, Amy L. Shober, Christine Wiese, Geoffrey Denny, Gary W. Knox, Kimberly A. Moore, and Mihai C. Giurcanu

the proper fertilization (e.g., rate, timing, and/or application method) of landscape-grown perennials. Most of the research focused on fertilizer requirements for perennial plant species was focused on achieving maximum growth and was conducted on

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Stefan Sutherin, Kevin Lombard, and Rolston St. Hilaire

Horticulturists find it challenging to disseminate regionally relevant information on landscape plants to homeowners in New Mexico because the state is climatologically diverse and geographically expansive. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA

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Carolyn F. Scagel, Guihong Bi, David R. Bryla, Leslie H. Fuchigami, and Richard P. Regan

Nursery practices for container-grown perennial plants attempt to optimize plant growth and appearance both in the containers and after transplanting in the landscape. Numerous factors influence plant performance after transplanting, including water

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Timothy K. Broschat and Kimberly Anne Moore

recommended landscape fertilizers have lower N:K ratios than those used for turfgrass or container production of ornamentals, including palms ( Broschat, 2005 ; Broschat et al., 2008 ). Broschat et al. (2008) observed that container-grown areca palm plants

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Sudeep Vyapari, S.M. Scheiber, and E.L. Thralls

Consumers consider plant quality an overwhelmingly important factor when purchasing landscape plants ( Brand and Leonard, 2001 ; Khatamian and Stevens, 1994 ). Quality considerations include dark green foliage ( Baker, 1965 ), evidence of new

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Kimberly A. Moore, Amy L. Shober, Gitta S. Hasing, Christine L. Wiese, Geoffrey C. Denny, and Gary W. Knox

the specific N requirements of growing plants ( Line et al., 2002 ). Both homeowners and landscape professionals can contribute to the improvement of water quality by fertilizing landscapes at the minimum required levels for healthy, attractive plants

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Bert M. Cregg and Robert Schutzki

aesthetically pleasing landscapes. The effects of mulches on environmental factors and landscape plant growth have been widely studied [see Chalker-Scott (2007) for a comprehensive review]. Mulches provide an array of landscape benefits, including improving

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Tim R. Pannkuk, Richard H. White, Kurt Steinke, Jacqueline A. Aitkenhead-Peterson, David R. Chalmers, and James C. Thomas

; White et al., 2004 ). Landscape plants provide an aesthetic appeal to urban landscapes, prevent erosion of the soil that impairs surface water supplies, sequester carbon, add oxygen to the atmosphere, and improve recharge of groundwater ( Beard and