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Swift Greenhouses' Success Using Pageant® Intrinsic brand fungicide

March 04, 2013

Pageant Intrinsic Brand Fungicide

A major challenge for Swift Greenhouses is successfully shipping plants during non-ideal weather conditions—without taking a hit to the bottom line. A family-run operation since 1952, Swift Greenhouses grows more than 1,300 varieties of perennials, herbs and annuals.

“We typically ship anywhere between 150 to 500 flats per week in the summertime,” said Elaine Peiffer, Senior Grower Supervisor of the Gilman, Iowa operation. “If we get a complaint, we usually credit or reship, which costs us both time and money.”

Horticultural consultant Paul Pilon made a recommendation to Swift Greenhouses that has changed the company’s business.

Pilon recommended Pageant® Intrinsic™ brand fungicide from BASF. When applied as a preventative, it controls disease and reduces the effects of stress on plants during shipping.

“During a six-week stretch in summer 2012, when we were dealing with extremely hot temperatures, we sprayed Pageant Intrinsic on all our shipments and had almost zero claims,” Peiffer said.

In trial work, Swift Greenhouses also saw the product improve rooting of cuttings, which means quicker turnaround and better plant sales.

Pageant Intrinsic saves us money and time,” Peiffer said. “It helps fulfill orders and gets the customer a better product. They’re happier, which makes us happier, because that’s our goal.”

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