We take great pride in the performance of our youngplants. Our well-rooted RocketLiner™ is the right size to ship economically and finish a 2, 3, or 5 gallon.
Our climate promotes hardiness and natural vernalization, creating an advantage for the production of our partners.
Years of research led to the improvement of our previously competitive “classic” 4-inch liner. RocketLiners® offer growers higher quality finished shrubs in less time through improved oxygenation, root training, and fresh root mass. The feedback from our partners is that RocketLiners® are finishing weeks faster.
FloGo™ is our innovative system of shipping our fully rooted liners pot-less in a fully recyclable cardboard box that provides many benefits to our partners.
FloGo™ allows 21% more liners to fit on a truck, decreasing shipping costs and allowing us to efficiently reach all regions of North America.
We focus our product mix on premium, improved genetics from programs such as Proven Winners® ColorChoice®, Star® Roses & Plants, and Bloomin’ Easy®. We offer many non-branded tried and true varieties that growers are looking for, but also know it’s the premium varieties from world-class breeding programs that command the prices that these plants and you deserve.
Your Youngplants Team
Led by Head Grower Diego Martinez, our Youngplants Team serves as an extension of your nursery. As your partner, we make sure you receive clean, healthy, well-rooted plants that perform. This allows you to focus on meeting your production and sales goals for your customers. We’re investing continuously in facilities, technology, lean process improvements and in our highly skilled growing team because it creates real value and results for you, our partners.
Head Grower, Youngplants Division
Since joining Van Belle from Ecuador, where he operated a cut flower export business, Diego has led the way for our Youngplants Unit to get to where it is today. Skilled in pest management and greenhouse growing, Diego’s expertise and innovative leadership continues to raise the quality of the product and team. He continues to push the boundaries at Van Belle, producing better and better plants for our customers.
Assistant Grower, Youngplants
Before joining our Youngplants team in early 2017, Pablo was the Agricultural Manager for a large vegetable producer/exporter in Ecuador, where he managed all aspects of production from fertilization and phytosanitary programs to quality assurance. After graduating with his Agricultural Science Degree, Pablo spent a year at a New York nursery learning each step of the product chain, from cuttings to retailing. As our Youngplants unit grows, skilled growers like Pablo will help our production continue its pursuit of the highest quality known in horticulture.
Barinia Soledad Vivanco Gálvez
Barinia brings her Agronomics education and experience in propagation and food safety management to our Youngplants production team. Before leaving her home country of Ecuador in early 2017, she was Propagation Chief at cut flower grower, Royal Flowers S.A. where she was responsible for a team that produced two million roses per year. Barinia’s expertise and passion for quality make her a valuable asset to our team and align with our goal to produce the highest quality youngplants in North America.
Assistant Grower, Youngplants
Before joining Van Belle Nursery in 2016, Alberto earned education and experience throughout the Americas. Formally educated in Agricultural Engineering, Strategic Sales Management, he also has a Master’s Degree in Plant Nutrition. Alberto’s fifteen years experience in the agricultural sector spans many fields, including agricultural technology & R&D, manufacturing and marketing, advising crop production, and nutritional management of ornamental plants for greenhouse production. To top it off, Alberto is also a member of the Ecuadorian Society of Soil Sciences.
Production Planning & Government Compliance
Valerie has played an important and continuously changing role since joining Van Belle in 2006, and is currently responsible for production planning and government programs (including the Canadian Nursery Certification Program). She grew up at a garden centre in Orangeville, Ontario, graduated with a B.Sc.(Agr.) in horticulture from the University of Guelph, and a B.Ed. in science teaching from the University of Western Ontario. Valerie acts as a resource for all aspects of production at Van Belle Nursery.
Dedicated Account Reps
With exclusive account reps, you have a direct connection to your plants and propagation partner. They’re working constantly with our production team to check progress, and if you need to know what your crop looks like, they’re happy to go take a picture for you! It’s that kind of service and connection to your product that provides you the confidence you deserve.