Reefer madness at Scotts Miracle-Gro


You'd think that our friends at S M-G were doing pretty well with their $2.9 billion of sales, but according to stories posted last week at a number of news sites, including here, it's not enough. They're coming for the stoners. Here's Chief Executive Jim Hagedorn: “I want to target the pot market,” Hagedorn said in an interview. “There's no good reason we haven't.”

Read the Wall Street Journal article here, which gives some of the strategic reasons for this move. As I was discussing earlier today, big box revenues aren't what they used to be, so it's time for some diversification.

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regular radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world, and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at


  1. when I lived in Ohio, I discovered a store near me called “Garden Indoors” and I was delighted to find they had an impressive selection of high-powered grow lights! But when I was shopping there, to get things for seed starting, I was confused. I pretty much know the normal garden center demographic, and customers at this place seemed unusually young and spacey… And why was the sales guy giving me so many tips on growing “Basil” with a knowing nod and wink? Then I figured it out…

  2. I have a friend who was prescribed medical marijuana in Oregon to help with the unpleasant side effects of chemotherapy. At the same time, he radically tried to reduce the amount of chemicals his body was taking in through, pesticides, processed foods, etc., with the firm belief that this was a factor in his getting cancer in his 30’s. I don’t think he would’ve been happy if his “supply” had been grown with Miracle Gro – so now are we going to have organic, and non-organic pot???

  3. Geez, now what are hippies going to smoke, if even their pot is being grown commercially and with pesticides.

  4. I can tell you hydroponic growers don’t use a thing resembling organic, and that’s the bulk of indoor operations in the country. Scotts would not need to try all that hard.

  5. hydroponic growers don’t use a thing resembling organic……………

    that is changing Fox Farm is huge in the indorr herb growers amunition cabinet


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