About Us

Cresco Greenhouses

Founded in 1890, the retail division, Cresco Greenhouses, is the keystone which Mike and Rachel Gooder purchased in 1980 to launch Plantpeddler.

This division serves the regional consumer market, with full service floral and garden center lines including the full array of the company’s products from all divisions.

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Plantpeddler Wholesale

Founded in 1984, focus of bringing gardeners premium live products to enhance the beauty of their homes and gardens. Production and distribution is on a 52 week annual basis.

World class production facilities grow uniform, replicable, repeatable crops allowing our retailers optimal opportunity for success and profit.

Sales, distribution, and supply chain capabilities developed to capitalize on maximum volume during peaks, and wide area distribution to capture market.

Continuous research and development focused on bringing new and innovative products to market, with a relentless goal of delivering beyond expectations.

Plantpeddler Young Plants

Bringing world class breeding in horticulture from leading and emerging breeders to greenhouse producers throughout North America.

Industry leadership in research, technology, production and distribution of Hiemalis Begonias, shipping millions of young plants annually to growers across the USA and Canada.

Leader in selection, production and distribution of vegetatively produced flowering annuals, with regional, national, and international customer base.

Developers and specialists in international importation of cuttings for valued added processing at Plantpeddler. (Largest importer for UPS in the state of Iowa.)

Young plant production and distribution on a year-round basis, serving over 2500 customer in all states and provinces.

Sales and marketing supported and directed through an international horticulture broker sales force. Multiple product forms and product lines designed to increase opportunities for our field representatives.

Vertical nature of the Young Plant division brings competitive advantages to all operations.

Stone Creek Farms

As Plantpeddler’s newest division, SCF focus is multifaceted including creating a new revenue stream to balance seasonality of the ornamental product lines and divisions.

Opportunity to provide area population with fresh locally grown produce with higher nutritional value and food quality.

Increases sustainability of production practices, improves year-round facility utilization, stabilizes seasonality impact to staff.

For 25 years the company has marketed to the grocery segment, SCF is an extension of these relationships. Five market niches have been identified and are being developed.

As the division matures, a core component of the production will be Plantpeddler grown, with seasonal and specialty products produced by other local producers. SCF will use its marketing, processing and distribution expertise to increase market opportunity and income.

Research & Trials

Research & development serves as a core of Plantpeddler’s company leadership serving as a path to future success.

The trials program evaluates greenhouse and garden performance for breeders globally. The company hosts one of the largest independent trial gardens in the country.

As one of the premium growers in the USA, the company produces breeder exclusives for national shows, trial & landscape gardens, municipal & institutional projects, new product imaging & marketing, and product development and research.

Latest News & Updates:

9/16 - Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig Visit

Plantpeddler hosted Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig for a greenhouse facility tour and discu…

9/3 - Joni Ernst Visit

Greenhouse facility tour and gathering with the staff

8/13 - 2020 Variety Day Top 25 List

Results from the trial gardens.

7/30 - Schedule of Events

Variety Day Friday August 7, 2020

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