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Logee’s – What’s in a Name?

Logee’s was founded in 1892 as mainly a cut flower business. In the 1930’s, Byron’s mother, Joy Logee Martin, published a catalogue and specialized in begonias, gesneriads, geraniums, and passion flowers.

Passion Flower 'Incense'

One of our fragrant Passion Flowers!

Pelargonium 'Gardener's Joy'

A geranium with a swirl of color.

At this stage, we were known as Logee’s Greenhouses. This name served its purpose but as our business expanded across the country into mail-order, people who didn’t know us thought we sold greenhouses.

Over time, Logee’s focused on tropical plants with a certain criteria. First, the plant had to  perform well in a pot, which was somewhat self serving since we are northern growers and we couldn’t grow plants outside year-round. Logee’s also wanted anyone, in any living space to have access to plants.

Second, beautiful flowers was a must.

Orchid Cactus

Epiphylum 'Vista Sun'- Orchid Cactus that bursts with color!

Third, fragrant flowers became desirable.  This was enough to call for a name change.  In 2004, we became Logee’s – Growers since 1892 with a bi-line of Tropical Container Plants for Home and Garden. Our first book, Logee’s Spectacular Container Plants reflected our name and gave beginning gardeners the secrets to growing our tropical beauties.

Known as the Desert Rose

The Desert Rose, Adenium 'Little Genius' is an easy to grow tropical.

For the next seven years, we remained consistent with a small tweaking and became, Logee’s Tropical Plants with a bi-line of Tropical Container Plants for Home and Garden. We wrote another book about Growing Tropical Fruit in Containers called “Growing Tasty Tropicals in any home, anywhere.” This book is chock full of information about how to grow fruiting varieties in pots, such as dwarf bananas, kumquats, lemons, limes, coffee, chocolate, etc.

How to Grow Tropical Fruit in a pot

Growing Tasty Tropicals highlights growing tropical fruit in containers.


However, the demand for our plants was increasing beyond the scope of purely tropical plants. The past several issues of catalogues we even had a category for Hardy Garden Plants. We can’t compete with the big growers nor want to but we could stay true to our criterion, which is growing plants that do well in pots and if they aren’t in pots, like our hardy garden plants line, then the plant had a new criterion to meet.

A Logee plant now has to be unusual, rare or have a really great story and serve our gardening customers.

So as of, Our Fall Issue 2011, we have another tweaking and name change. We are now officially “Logee’s- Plants for Home and Garden, Specializing in Rare and Unusual Plants.”  And on the front  cover we are highlighting an intoxicating fragrant White Champaca (Michelia alba). Our new name  is a mouthful, but the overall gist is that we’ve been growing plants since 1892 and we are pretty darn good at it.

We also don’t want to limit ourselves to just tropicals but definitely want to offer the unique, rare and unusual. We hope you like the new name change and will continue to enjoy the wonderful world of plants. Here is a sampling of what is in bloom today in the greenhouses.

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Beneficial Bugs in a Bag

At Logee’s, we have turned our attention to using beneficial insects, or known in the industry as IPM (integrated pest management). Today’s post is about treating for Western Flower Thrip. Western Flower Thrip is a prevalent pest in most garden centers and seen on outdoor plants. We recently had an outbreak in our new 19,000 sq. foot production greenhouse and this is what we did.

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The home gardener can treat thrip, spider mite and white fly with predatory pests. I’m one of those gardeners that like convenience. For the past three years I’ve treated all my indoor plants with predatory insects and after two applications each year, I easily solve the problem.

Check out this website: A site for the home gardener called Rincon-Vitova Insectaries

The bugs for the home gardener come in tubes. Simply sprinkle the bugs, packing material and all on your indoor plant’s leaves. The bedding or sand-like substance in the tube is what carries the beneficials. It looks like sand on your leaves but is necessary so the beneficial insects can crawl out of their packing material and onto the leaves to find and consume the bad bugs.

HIbiscus leaf with sand-like material which houses the good bugs

Keep in mind, that these bugs are microscopic, only stay on the plants, will not crawl around in your house or on the furniture and in my opinion is easier than spraying. After several weeks, wipe off the sand-like material.

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