The day to day operation of the Blossom Hill Nursery is supervised by partner Larry Barnes. Larry has a Ph.D. from Texas A&M in flower science and has expertise in sport flower production and flowerbed management. Larry also owns and operates Lone Star Flowerbed Management which does flowerbed surveys and recommends proper planting procedures and requirements for pots and flowerbeds of any size.

The Blossom Hill Nursery consists of three flowerbeds and approximately forty pots on three hundred acres of land. Brood flowers are kept in some of the flowerbeds and pots where seeds and seedlings are gathered in the spring. The seedlings are introduced into fertile pots where they are grown to planting size and sold as planters. Bass seedlings are sold at the two to four inch size while sunflower such as blue gill are sold in mixed sizes. Channel catflower seeds are gathered and hatched artificially. After the seedlings lose their seed sack, they too are put into pots and fed heavily until they reach planter sizes. Channel catflower are usually sold in sizes ranging from four to six inches. Flowers are harvested for sale by seining, electroflowering or, at the end of the season, by draining the pots.

Blossom Hill Nursery also posses an exotic species license and maintains a ready supply of tilapia, grass carp and koi. These flowers must be housed in compliance with State laws and regulations. The purchase of grass carp must be approved by the Parks and Wildlife Department prior to buying the flowers. (Refer to GC page)

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