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'Find Your Style' Launched by Costa Farms Marketing Team
April 30, 2012
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We’re excited to announce our latest website innovation – Find Your Style! This new web tool will give consumers the inspiration to start designing their rooms with houseplants. Once in Find Your Style, consumers will have the option to either upload their own picture or choose one of our six (6) room styles and then following the steps on each page for the perfect plants per room style selected.  At the end of the design process, consumers will be able to print their shopping list and go to their favorite garden center to complete the project. Consumers can also share with their Facebook friends or pin it to their Pinterest boards. 

This season, our website has seen record breaking visits!  We’re averaging 14,000 visitors a month and growing! This offers a great opportunity for us to inspire and educate our consumers to decorate with houseplants. We hope you enjoy our fun new feature! Go ahead and give it a test drive and Find Your Style.


- Costa Farms Marketing Department

Costa Farms' Social Summit Highlighted In Blog Post
March 20, 2012
Our Little Acre's Kylee Baumle remarks on her recent visit to the facilities of Costa Farms during our Social Summit 2012.  In her post, the Season Premier Trial Garden is featured.  Click on the picture below to be redirected to her blog post and check out some of her gorgeous photography:
America In Bloom: Discover the Surprising Side of Plants
March 19, 2012
Ball FloraPlant continues to invest in community based beautification programs through America In Bloom. 
Led by Dr. Marvin Miller, they have recently published a new brochure which you can access online called Discover the Surprising Side of Plants
Plants help people in many ways…saving energy, crime reduction, feeding households, stress reduction and relaxation. There is research on all the above in the brochure.
Click here to download the brochure or click below to be redirected to the site:
Season Premier Trial Garden Featured in Live The Home Life's Blog Post
March 15, 2012
Live The Home Life's Cara Wilkerson blogs about her recent visit to Costa Farms and the Seaosn Premier Trial Garden.
Click on the picture below to be directed to her detailed post as well as see some wonderful photography of the gardens:
Costa Farms' Social Summit Visits the Season Premier Trial Garden
March 12, 2012
Costa Farms' Social Summit 2012 allows print publications and online blog authorities from around the country to come and tour all our facilities including the 2012 Season Premier Trial Garden.  On Thursday March 8th, our gardens hosted a luncheon and walkthrough for these top social media contributors.
The Social Summit's most successful objectives are generating more word-of-mouth, increasing brand awareness, increasing customer loyalty, bringing outside ideas into the organization and improving customer support quality.
Season Premier Trial Garden Featured in a Blog Post by The Rainforest Garden
February 27, 2012

Costa Farms’ Proactive Fight Against Downy Mildew
February 24, 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact: Susan McCoy or Stacey Pierson


Costa Farms’ Proactive Fight Against Downy Mildew

Grower offers solutions to impatiens disease for

home gardeners and landscapers

Miami, Florida February 24, 2012—Costa Farms, the leading bedding and indoor houseplant grower in North America, is getting ahead of the downy mildew disease that is infecting Impatiens walleriana or standard garden impatiens.

“Downy mildew is only infecting Impatiens walleriana,” explains Dr. Kate Santos, director of research and development for Costa Farms. “Gardeners can be assured it is not infecting other plant species like New Guinea Impatiens and SunPatiens.”

Plasmopara obducens, the type of downy mildew that’s attacking impatiens, has been reported in several states and first made its appearance in the Palm Beach County area of Florida in late 2011. At this time, downy mildew cannot be cured after it is detected; only prevented.

“The best defense is a strong offense so we at Costa Farms have initiated a 3-prong approach to alert people about the disease, prevent infestation, and provide alternatives to have healthy, beautiful plants in their landscape,” explains Santos. “We’re determined to help contain and minimize the spread of this disease.”

Know the symptoms. The time from infection to the appearance of symptoms varies from about 5 to 14 days. Be on the lookout for early leaf symptoms of the disease.

Laura Sanagorski and Bill Schall, environmental and commercial horticulture extension agents at the University of Florida’s IFAS Palm Beach County Extension, reported that young plants and new growth are most susceptible to the disease.

“Signs are yellow or light green foliage with speckling on the infected leaves, and then a white, downy-like growth composed of spores visible on the underside of the infected leaves,” explains Santos.

Santos warns that sometimes the first sign is a downward leaf curling. She says if unchecked, eventually the leaves and flowers will drop, resulting in bare stems with only a few tiny, yellow leaves remaining.

One of the keys is weather. “Cool temperatures, moist air and wet foliage are ideal conditions for the disease that is spread by air or water movement,” says Santos.

An ounce of prevention. Sanagorski and Schall suggest that prevention is the most effective management strategy. They recommend eliminating nighttime watering and excessive fertilization to help avoid or reduce the occurrence of the disease.

“If infected impatiens are discovered, immediately remove the entire plant-roots, leaves and top part of plants, put into a plastic bag, tie it off and dispose,” explains Santos.

Costa Farms is currently using preventative measures that will protect its crops from downy mildew for several weeks after leaving the farm.

“Consumers can feel confident that Costa Farms is employing every measure to protect the plants prior to leaving the farm,” says Santos. “We’d like to remind consumers to only plant impatiens in beds that have not previously shown symptoms of downy mildew.”

Alternatives. The good news is there are plenty of bedding plants that are ideal replacement for standard impatiens.

“If your impatiens are in the shade you may lean to begonias or New Guinea Impatiens,” says Santos, “and if your garden is in the sun, plant SunPatiens, phlox and petunia or lobelia.

“Remember, check your bedding impatiens and use alternative flowers to create that wow color you love for your garden this year,” she adds.

For more information or to see a gallery of alternative flowers to replace, visit

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About Costa Farms: Costa Farms is the largest producer of indoor houseplants in the world. Founded in 1961 by Jose Costa, Costa Farms is a third generation, family owned business that globally stretches over 3,800 acres and employs 2,800 people. Along with thriving indoor and bedding plant divisions, Costa Farms operations are located in Florida and North Carolina, and abroad in the Dominican Republic, and Far East.

Season Premier Trial Garden Featured in BGgarden Article!
January 26, 2012
Click the picture below to view BGgarden's post as well as some fantastic shots of our gardens!
Costa Farms Season Premier Trial Garden 2012 Open House
December 21, 2011
Costa Farms' Summer Garden 2011
June 9, 2011

Costa Farms would like to unveil the NEW name for our Summer Trial Garden...


All anticipated varieties planted between the weeks of 23 to 41 will fall under this category.

Who’s the Fairest of Them All?
March 24, 2011

Last week, for the third time in a row, I had the opportunity to judge the trial gardens at Costa Farms, near Homestead, Florida. At first blush, it seems an easy thing to do—just wander through bed after bed of beautiful flowers on a sunny Florida morning. But, in reality, it’s hard work, evaluating each plant on four important criteria: growth uniformity, foliage appeal, flower power/size, and consumer appeal. Fellow judges included Heather Will-Browne from Disney and Dr. Alan Armitage from the University of Georgia.


To read more and view pictures, click here.

Costa Slideshow: Pelargonium to Petunia
March 22, 2011

Check out a few of the top-performing varieties Allan Armitage saw in the Costa Farms Field Trial last week. We've got you covered from 'Darko Deep Red' pelargonium to 'Whispers Star Rose' petunia in this slideshow.

To view slideshow, click here.

Costa Slideshow: Phlox to Viola
March 22, 2011

Check out a few of the top-performing varieties Allan Armitage saw in the Costa Farms Field Trial last week. We've got you covered from Phloxy Lady Pink phlox to 'Ultra Radiance Red' viola in this slideshow.


To view slideshow, click here.


Costa Slideshow: Alcea To Gazania
March 22, 2011
Check out a few of the top-performing varieties Allan Armitage saw in the Costa Farms Field Trial last week. We've got you covered from Spring Celebrations alcea to Sunbathers gazanias in this slideshow.

To view slideshow, click here.


Meet Maria Costa Smith
March 17, 2011

That Maria Costa Smith is granddaughter of the founder of Costa Farms and one of its current owners doesn't mean she's just some heiress who lucked her way into a great job. She is an eminently qualified horticulturist with an MS in horticulture, who, as the head of Costa's bedding plant division, is blazing a path into the green future of Costa Farms and hopefully the entire nursery industry.


To view more, click here.


Gardening Fun Miami Style
March 15, 2011

Last week I had the pleasure of traveling to Costa Farms, one of the coolest companies in the horticultural industry. They trucked me down, along with seven other editors (BHG field editor Helen Yoest, fab bloggers Chris Tidrick and Bren Haas, garden writer Judy Lowe, Spartment Therapy editor Aaron Able, Martha Stewart garden editor Stacey Hirvela, and Southern Living garden editor Steven Bender) for a social media summit.


To read more, click here.

Costa Farms’ Trial Garden Highlights
January 31, 2011

Costa Farms’ Trial Garden was created to expand research efforts and provide good information to the public. The main focus of Costa’s Season Premier Garden is to grow and evaluate the newest genetics being brought to the market this spring.


To learn more, click here.

Trial In Paradise
January 26, 2011

Tropical back yard? Resort property in the islands? Nope. It’s the “Season Premier Trial Garden” at Costa Farms in Homestead, Florida, site of the industry’s first flower trials of the year. Along with this pretty garden setting (complete with observation tower), there are standard row trials in full sun and shade, for the complete trial experience.


To view a PDF of the article, click here.


To read Grower Talks' full article, click here.

GrowerTalks Season Premier 2011 Video Interview
January 19, 2011
GrowerTalks editor Chris Beytes chat swith Dr. Kate Santos about Costa Farms' Season Premier 2011.
First Look: Season Premier Garden
December 4, 2010

To view article, Click Here.

You're Invited to Costa Farms' Ultimate Plant Showdown
August 3, 2011

To register Click Here.

Trial Garden Industry Evaluation
March 15, 2011
Costa Color
19995 SW 194 Avenue
Miami, FL 33187
TF: 1-888-792-6782
Local: 305-971-7750
Fax: 305-971-7751
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Starts at 9:00 am
Costa Farms’ will be hosting our annual Trial Garden Judging Tuesday, March 15. Featured judges will include Heather Will-Browne from Walt Disney World, Doug Jimerson from Better Homes and Garden, Jim Barrett from the University of Florida and Allan Armitage from the University of Georgia.
2011 Big Growers Executive Summit
February 22, 2011


Costa Color

19995 SW 194 Avenue

Miami, FL 33187

TF: 1-888-792-6782

Local: 305-971-7750

Fax: 305-971-7751


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hours: Starts at 1:30 pm


Get an insider’s look at Costa Farms, the largest producer and supplier of plant material in the United States. Costa is nationally recognized not only for the volume of product they grow, but for their forward-thinking approach to the marketing, packaging, and branding of their products.

This forward thinking also extends into their rapid adoption of social media, which they use to connect with both new and existing consumers. We will see how they grow, package and ship value-added foliage, tropicals, orchids, annuals and Trial Garden.


Event Details

Indoors/Outdoors? Outdoors


For More Information

Address: 19995 SW 194 Avenue

City/State: Miami, FL 33187

Phone: 1-888-792-6782




Costa Farms Trial Garden Open House
January 20, 2011
January 20-21, 2011
10 am - 3 pm
19995 SW 194 Avenue
Miami, FL 33187
Please join us at Costa Farms in South Florida and be a part of the earliest Spring trial garden evaluations for 2011. Genera from 19 different companies (Aris, Ball, Benary, Bethel Farms, Classic Caladiums, Dummen, Ecke Farms, EuroAmerican/Proven Winners, Fides, Foremost Co., GroLink, GreenFuse/Michells, PAC Elsner, Pacific Plug & Liner, Sakata, Suntory, Syngenta, Takii, and Westhoff) including new introductions for 2012 and 2013, will be featured.
All are welcome to attend.
Summer Trial Garden
August 9, 2010

Open House
January 13, 2010
Costa Farms Spring 2010 Trial Garden
January 13-15, 2010   (10 am - 3 pm daily)

Please join us at Costa Farms in South Florida and be a part of the earliest Spring trial garden evaluations for 2010.  Genera from 16 different companies (Aris, Ball, Benary, Bethel Farms, Classic Caladiums, Dummen, Ecke Farms, Fides, Foremost Co., GroLink, McGregor Plants, Michells, Proven Winners, Sakata, Suntory, and Syngenta) including new introductions for 2011 and 2012.

All are welcome to attend.

Please call Sandra Vasallo to R.S.V.P at 305-971-7750

Address: 19995 SW 194 Ave., Miami, FL 33187

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