August 2001
After the 2000 spring season, you probably took rigorous notes about which crops performed well, what conditions led to pest and disease problems, and how you could be more cost efficient for the 2001 season. Regardless of...
Subirrigation is becoming an increasingly common way of watering and fertilizing greenhouse crops. A properly managed ebb-and-flow, trough or flooded floor system saves labor, water and fertilizer, and reduces nutrient...
Fungicide Resistance Fungicides should be used intelligently to prevent the loss of effectiveness by resistance development. Table 1 lists fungicides and their chemical classes that are most likely to develop pathogens with...
Virus-induced diseases of greenhouse-grown flowers have the potential to be some of the most economically devastating diseases associated with the production of these crops, and some plant viruses can be more of a problem...
The production requirements of ornamental cabbage and kale can easily be forgotten in the fall because care of the two other major crops, pansies and poinsettias, may take precedence. Production of pansies, poinsettias and...
The outlook for the Dutch tulip crop for the 2002 forcing season is very good. Temperatures in the growing regions throughout the late spring were cool and favorable for a strong crop. Bulbs are now out of the ground, washed...
Breeders have introduced a large number of potentially important new poinsettia cultivars in the past two years, and this fall many growers will be producing some of them for the first time. Below are short descriptions of...
Supreme Court ruling changes advertising The Supreme Court’s ruling in June that a mandatory advertising campaign for the mushroom industry violates the First Amendment guarantee of free speech could have ramifications in...
January 01, 2012
Greenhouse and floriculture crops represent an important part of agribusiness, with more than $5 billion annually in farmgate receipts. Clearly, this is an important business that must consider how to maximize efficiency in...
Crown of Thorns originated in Madagascar. Plants were brought into the U.S. industry as novelties, but due to the thorny stems and lack of freeze tolerance, they stalled out in the cacti collector’s market. Now, after 30...
Commercial growers have suffered several hard hits this year: outrageous energy prices, poor spring sales and a down economy, to name a few. And because the hits keep coming, some people in the industry have started...
When I first entered the floriculture industry, a grower I met through the magazine, who will mercifully remain nameless, warned me that I was getting involved with a strange bunch of people. Nice, mind you, but a little odd...
Dianthus Sakata’s Dianthus ‘Kawara’ is a reliable perennial plant from seed that blooms from spring until heavy frost. Kawara has feathery flowers in pastel tones that are attractive in landscapes and as cut...
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