About Hortech

Grown Earth Friendly® is Hortech, Inc’s brand of plant material. Founded in 1983, Hortech is an innovative Midwestern wholesale nursery and product developer specializing in outstanding native and non-native perennials, ground covers, vines, ferns, ornamental grasses, succulents, and topiary.

Hortech is unique in three ways; At Hortech, we grow our plants in an Earth Friendly® manner using natural checks and balances rather than with intensive pesticide applications (which unfortunately is the norm). We believe that subjecting plants to constant chemical cocktails (insecticides, fungicides, miticides, and antibiotics) makes little sense as the plants suffer from suppressed immune defenses, which in turn leads to poor establishment and disease susceptibility (akin to drug withdrawal). On top of this, chemical intensive growing is unhealthy for the people that handle the plants, and it is detrimental to the environment.

Instead of using vast quantities of chemicals, Hortech uses soil inoculants and compost tea (to prevent disease), ladybugs to control aphids, predatory mites to control sap-feeding mites; beneficial nematodes to control beetles, praying mantis to eat leaf eating insects, and many other natural controls to ensure plant health and vigor. By growing “in concert with nature”, using biological and organic methods, our plants look and grow better (and suffer no chemical withdrawal upon leaving the nursery). In addition, our plants are safe to handle and pose little risk to the environment.

The second unique feature of Hortech is our diligent testing protocol of new plants—prior to offering them for sale. Each plant is evaluated (in our trial gardens) for hardiness, disease and insect resistance, beauty, vigor and longevity. We feel that plant testing should be done at the wholesale nursery, not in the end consumer’s landscape. For this reason, we avoid rushing new products to market, and instead focus on long term success.

The third unique feature of Hortech is that we practice customer-centric, lean system management methods. Over the years this has resulted in effective procedures, an educated team, and long term retention (of team members). And, this means Premium Plants and Steadfast Service.

Thank you for visiting our website. It is our hope that it will be helpful to you in all of your landscape endeavors.

 
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