Alfredo Castillo started working at Midwest Groundcovers as a General Production Worker in 1981. Now, as Propagation Supervisor, he oversees propagation of all woody plants and teaches new employees how to propagate by taking and sticking cuttings and caring for the plants. When Alfredo started at Midwest, most shrubs were propagated in sand and some varieties, like Ribes alpinum ‘Green Mound’, Cotoneaster acutifolius and Hydrangea, had yields of roughly 20%. Alfredo has changed the majority of our propagation to plug production and the yields of most plants have increased to 80-85%. He enjoys the challenges of his position and says he never stops learning.
Alfredo is proud to work for Midwest Groundcovers and is grateful for the support he and many other families have received. Alfredo works at South Propagation, Midwest’s original nursery, and notes how everyone enjoys visiting South Prop because it is such a beautiful piece of property. Many of us at Midwest love when we have the chance to visit South Prop, to meet with Alfredo and listen to him talk about his plants.