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Winter weather slows local growers
Greenhouses in Northeast Ohio are struggling to stay on track as spring slowly arrives
Story by AKILAH PORTER


 
The promise of spring has gardeners dreaming of blooming flowers like this fragrant lavender. Greenhouse growers struggled with high bills this winter and likely face delays in the planting season.
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Even after the final weeks of winter are passing, the effects of the cold weather continue to impact local nurseries.

Cindy Petitti is president of Petitti Garden Center in Canton. She says this winter was more expensive than previous ones due to the need to keep the plants warm.

Hear more about how the weather affected Petitti sales.

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“The cold winter has definitely affected our sales,” Petitti said. “It’s harder on our overhead because our bills are higher to keep our greenhouses warm and people aren’t coming in as much. And they’re not starting things as early because of the cold. It’s definitely been very difficult on the retail end."

Petitti says the cold weather only slows down the process of growing plants and vegetables, it doesn’t stop it. She says the center’s prices will be slightly higher than last year.

She predicts everything will be back to normal in time for the prom and wedding season. 

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