Henrys plants flourish best in hot summer environments and require less frequent watering than many other varieties of plants. It is still important to monitor the soil regularly and only apply additional moisture when necessary – be aware that Henrys may bloom even better with regular and thorough inspection of its condition as a way of monitoring when to water!
Sweetspire ‘Henry’s Garnet’ is an easy-care shrub that flourishes well in partial sun or shade, boasting vibrant fall foliage colors that complement those found on ‘Diabolo’ ninebark for an eye-catching combination.
Early Life and Education
Henry Bradley Plant was born into a modest family in Branford, Connecticut, but at six he lost both parents to typhus fever. Raised by his mother, step-father and grandmother – all who instilled hard work ethic values into him – Henry ultimately founded a successful empire with these principles instilled. He declined the opportunity to attend college and began a life on the water, initially as a deckhand on steamboats before joining Adams Express Company as an employee. Within months he demonstrated an adept ability in organizing shipment parcels and earned several promotions along the way. He managed the southern branch of Adams Express during the Civil War before continuing to develop both railroad and steamboat interests in Florida and throughout the South as well as becoming an influential land owner in Tampa area.
Henry Plant began his professional life early as a steamboat captain’s boy and later went on to work at Adams Express Company’s New York office, quickly rising through their ranks. Thanks to his adept handling of shipping business operations, his exploits made him one of the richest men in Florida and other states that benefitted from him.
In the early 1880s, he traveled to China and learned about medicinal plants from Yichang (Ichanh) in central Hubei province. Additionally, he visited Simao, Mengzi, and other areas.
Achievement and Honors
Henry Plant was an accomplished business and agricultural leader. Among his numerous accomplishments are military service in which he received a Medal of Honor, particularly during the Battle of North Carolina when he saved his regiment’s flag from capture by enemy troops. Furthermore, Henry served on various local and state government bodies – such as Crockery Township council.
The Pedricktown and Henry plants are recipients of numerous industry safety awards as well as the PolyOne Chairman’s Award for Environmental Excellence, honoring compliance with company environmental goals. Both locations promote workplace cultures that emphasize safety and health through behavior-based training programs as well as mentoring newcomers by veteran plant workers.
At Floramedia’s 41st Annual World Conference for print, packaging and merchandising solutions in the horticulture industry. the Plant Porter package won two Innovation Awards.
Henry Plant began his career in the early 1800s as a deckhand on steamboats and later railroads, quickly progressing into express business roles until becoming head of Adams Express Company’s New York office in 1853.
As soon as the Adams Express Company went bankrupt in 1861, he purchased its southern branches and established Southern Express. Over time he developed an expansive system along the southern Atlantic coastline consisting of railroads, steamship lines, hotels and even submarine cable ways.
His healthy physical traits and healthy lifestyle allowed him to remain fit throughout his long life, until his death at age 79 in Jacksonville, Florida in 1895 at an estimated estate worth of $800 Million – making him one of the wealthiest Americans at that time.
HENRYs are poised to create substantial wealth, making them ideal targets for luxury brands that want to capitalize on their current spending power while building future loyalty.
Henry Plant was successful at building railroads and cars, yet never managed to reach his namesake’s level of wealth; at his death he left behind an estimated net worth of $84,545,097.
The Henrys plant thrives in both full sun to partial shade conditions and prefers moist, slightly acidic humusy soil with slightly acidic conditions, being resistant to Phytophthora root rot and withstanding various soil conditions and pH levels. Often found growing along pond banks and stream beds; its aggressive roots will quickly spread across wet surfaces to become 6 inches tall with fast-growing leaves.