April 2004
A few weeks ago, I attended a friend’s gallery opening. Both he and his wife are artists, and their work will be displayed side-by-side in this new space — his style bright, abstract and angular; hers soft, impressionistic...
I don’t know how it happened that a cold January evening in Germany found us planning a trip to Central America, but there we were, Joe Fox from MasterTag, Jim Snyder from Superfresh Marketing, Jim Barrett from the...
I wrote an article last year about the 2003 National Floriculture Forum (NFF) and wanted to give people an update on this year’s forum. By way of background, NFF is a conference of academic and industry professionals who...
The uproar over Ralstonia in geraniums during the past year or so is more a sign of the times than the state of bacterial disease control in the ornamentals industry. If the same thing happened 10 years ago the level of...
As consumers realize their appeal, pansies and violas are increasingly being planted outdoors in late summer and early autumn. Consequently, the production of flowering pansy continues to increase, especially for sales in...
The specialty cut flower industry has succeeded in bringing many new and unusual cut flowers to the marketplace. Consumers, florists and wholesalers rely on specialty cuts to provide a fresh look to bouquets and...
April 16, 2004
Creating gorgeous mixed containers isn’t just for retailers and consumers; your creative expertise can be used as well! We all know that mixed containers are hot at retail right now. So, to keep customers happy, growers need...
Goldsmith/Fischer Partnership Fischer and Goldsmith Seeds, Inc. has announced a partnership, making Fischer the exclusive production, distribution, marketing and sales channel for all Goldsmith vegetative varieties in...
January 01, 2009
While it is hard to predict which way the economy will turn, it is pretty obvious where raw material prices are heading. We continue to watch what course the economy might take, and if the uncertainties have you waiting and...
In Greek the name delphinium translates to “dolphin flower,” describing the shape of the spur on the upper part of the flower. With an abundance of deep blue flowers, combined with its compact habit of only 8-14 inches in...
Despite an industry-wide slowdown in the growth rate of live plant production during the past several years, business is just fine — better than ever, in fact — at Dallas Johnson Greenhouses, Council Bluffs, Iowa. Partially...
When it comes to selecting greenhouse polyethylene films, growers pay most attention to the combination of toughness, lifespan and optional features, such as light transmission, thermic effect, anti-dripping, anti-fogging...
In these increasingly challenging times, growers are constantly searching for that perfect product — high retail sales value, low cost per square foot, low energy requirements, low PGR needs, yet still programmable for...
A good grower is like any other craftsperson — they should know how to use the tools available to them. I find myself reminding growers around the country that they have a toolbox available to them, and they should always...