April 2007
There must be something in the air because as soon as spring sprung this year, business transactions were popping up all around the industry. Over the winter, there had been whispers that several different breeders/...
Each year, catalog fever strikes cut flower growers when the new catalogs are sent out (for the younger-than-30 age group, there is a comparable disorder known as Internet fever). From this point, it is hopeless. You order...
In recent years, there have been numerous aquilegia cultivars introduced into the industry with improved characteristics. The Winky series from Kieft Seeds Holland is an award-winning series of columbine that is becoming...
  Q Can I control disease without fungicides?   A The short answer is yes; you can in some cases. Diseases like Botrytis can be successfully controlled through environmental manipulation alone. This is based on...
Q Can diseases be identified by symptoms alone? A I recently gave a talk on diagnosis at the Society of American Florists Pest Management Conference. I showed many images that are specific to particular diseases and...
January 12, 2009
For most growers, the greenhouse structure is the largest investment in their business, so it is critical to select the right greenhouse type for their respective needs. Read on to find out what is being offered from today’s...
At a very basic level, the customized elements of a grower’s program provide a point of differentiation. Everyone has competitors, so we strive to add value to our specific offerings. This is important to separate us from...
Although there is considerable interest by growers in installing alternate fuel heating systems, the payback for tightening up and insulating a greenhouse is usually much shorter. First, the cost of a new heating system is...
  The water recycling process is an integral part of many growing operations due to water’s rising cost and increasing scarcity in many parts of the world. In many cases, an important feature of the recycling system is...
This past winter, GPN’s editors traversed the country visiting a number of different trade shows and events. To share every aspect of what we saw and where we traveled would be impossible: There were too many interesting...
The release of the lantana Florida Mound series, bred by Rick Brown at Riverview Flower Farm, Riverview, Fla., has created many new and exciting opportunities for lantana growers. What comes to mind for most growers when...
Plant growth regulators (PGRs) can be applied in numerous ways, including as a media spray, foliar spray, sprench, drench, liner dip and bulb/tuber/rhizome soak. A PGR drench is an application of a relatively large volume of...