ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47)-- A bout of extremely-low temperatures this winter has translated to a deep frost and delayed thaw this spring and that is stunting the planting season for area gardeners.
Jim Whiting of Jim Whiting Nursery and Garden Center tells us the cold weather and deep frost has put nursery production about three weeks behind schedule.
Another issue the nursery is facing is the spike in propane prices this winter that has made keeping flowers at a balmy 70-degrees expensive.
As a result, they've crowded some greenhouses in an effort to save money on heating costs.
In February, they began consolidating some of their plants and flowers into more space-efficient containers.
"We have about 0.32 cents per plant in the heat cost. For a hanging basket, we are looking to at a $1.00, $1.50...just in heat costs," said Whiting.
Jim Whiting Nursery and Garden Center boasts more than 60,000 square feet of greenhouses, growing annuals, perennials and veggies.
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