1) What makes Krieger Greenhouses unique and worth checking out?
What makes us unique is that we are still family owned and operated. We care about our customers and know that our customer’s success is ultimately what will drive the next generation of our business.
2) When did Krieger Greenhouses begin?
“Growing for you since 1892” is our company motto. We’ve been in business for four generations. It started by my great great German grandfather. His father was a gardener for the King of Prussia.
Funny story – when he emigrated to the us he worked for a beer distributor. He moved west and wound up in Iowa where he worked then owned a beer distributorship as well as a truck garden / greenhouse. Decided that there was a better future in green goods instead of beer. My grandmother swears that she will kill him when she finally meets him at the Pearly Gates. The small beer brand that he gave up on was soon to become Miller!
3) Has Krieger always been a greenhouse?
We did start out as a Truck Garden but then quickly expanded into wholesale and specialty markets.
What’s a truck garden? Commercial vegetable growers were known as Truck Gardeners. They grew veggies in hot houses then moved them into the fields. This crop was harvested and sold to markets and grocery stores via trucks.
4) What kinds of plants do you specialize in?
We are strictly annual growers. Cost efficiencies come from a narrow product line and we pass these cost savings onto our customers.
5) Personally, what’s your favorite plant to grow and why?
My favorite flower or plant is a “Gardens to Go”.
“Gardens to Go” is an idea that we came up with around 10 years ago. Customers were walking out of retail settings with one or two packs of flowers. They would come back later in the afternoon because they had not purchased enough plants to fill out the basket or planter box. Also because they had not planted enough flowers they had to wait for weeks for their flower beds to fill in and start to look good.
A “Garden to Go” features 24 flowers that will fill out 4 hanging baskets, 2 large planter boxes or one 6’*6′ flower bed. You plant more plants, closer together which gives you quicker response time in the garden. Plants fill in faster and look better sooner! A “Garden to Go” is much more cost effective for a customer than purchasing individual packs of flowers.
Another great benefit of the “Garden to Go” is that it uses half the amount of plastic of ordinary flower flats and packs. Less plastic means less plastic to recycle or to fill up your garden shed.
Lastly, the “Garden to Go” is the perfect gift because it comes in a “trendy” gold flat with a convenient carry handle. The package just looks SUPER!
6) Do you have advice for the gardeners out there who grow Krieger’s plants?
Ask questions, learn and most of all TEACH! Tell others about your successes and failures but most of all SHARE your appreciation for cultivating beauty in the outdoors!