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Sun Gro Horticulture
Type Public
Founded Vancouver, British Columbia (1929)
Headquarters Bellevue, Washington, U.S.
Number of locations 27
Area served North America
Industry Manufacturing
Products Peat moss (processed, baled or concentrated) based growing mixes for professional and retail markets.
Employees about 350 (950 at peak seasons)

Sun Gro Horticulture (TSXGRO.UN) is the leading producer of peat moss in North America. It provides peat-based and bark-based growing mixes for professional use.



Founded in 1929 as Western Peat Company Ltd.

Began operating in Manitoba, Canada With a new production facility in 1947

Changed name to Fisons Western Peat Moss Ltd. in 1980 after an acquisition by Fisons PLC.

Changed name again in 1982 to Fisons Horticulture when the Fisons PLC acquision was completed. [1]

June 1993, Hines Horticulture, Inc. acquired Sun Gro-U.S. and its subsidiaries.

April 6, 1998, Hines Horticulture, Inc. acquired Lakeland Peat Moss, Ltd. and their product line.[2]

In 1999, Sun Gro as a subsidiary of Hines Horticulture, Inc. Acquires Pun Gro Products, Inc. [3]

In 2002, Hines Horticulture, Inc. sold Sun Gro Horticulture in a Canadian initial public offering. [4]

In 2004 Sun Gro Horticulture paid US $6 million to acquire Scotts' professional growing products. [5]

In 2007 Sun Gro acquired Quebec peat moss producer Tourbiere Omer Belanger Inc. for $3.9 million. [6]


  • Sunshine
  • LakeLand
  • Metro-Mix
  • Nutricote
  • Black Gold
  • Redi-Earth
  • Technicote
  • Technigro


Sun Gro is a member of the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association which was founded 1988 to promote the benefits of peat moss and campaign on environmental issues. The CSPMA's Preservation and Reclamation Policy has prompted Sun Gro to produce its own Environmental & Restoration Policy.

Naming Rights

Sun Gro has naming rights to the Sun Gro Center in Beausejour, Manitoba and occasionally sponsors events there. [7]




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